Humidity = 100% or thats what it feels like

Trip Start Nov 16, 2011
Trip End Jul 28, 2012

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Litchfield National Park Batchelor
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

4th - 11th April 2012


As soon as we arrived in Darwin it felt as though our faces might melt and run down our heads! Luckily they didn't but we smelt a bit by the time we had carried our backpacks to our dorm.

Darwin itself was quite a small place, most of the shops were located within 2 blocks of our hostel and there was a lagoon area which had no crocodiles or jelly fish in and it had a nice sea front walk which had some war memorabilia scattered around because this was the first place that was hit during WWII.

The main reason that people go to Darwin is for Litchfield and Kakadoo (made famous by
crocodile Dundee) national parks. We only made it to Litchfield but that was an amazing trip, we got to see so much, the highlight of the tour was definitely the jumping crocodile boat ride! The jumping crocodiles involved us going out on a boat into the river where you could see crocs swimming towards the boat. We had to move a little way down the river so that we weren't so close to the dock and then the tour guides held out a bit of meat just above the crocodile and then bam! the croc had jumped out of the water and tried to grab the meat. It made me feel a little uneasy when they didn't catch the meat because it felt like we were teasing a hungry crocodile. We made several crocodiles jump before heading back to the docking area. On our way back we saw several fishing boats and the guide told us that people are a bit too complacent around the crocodiles because 10-20 years ago was when they first started to ban crocodile hunting and most people had only grown up with crocodiles that were small but now they are bigger there are more and more attacks.

Next we moved onto see the rest of Litchfield national and got to see some massive termite mounds that had taken 20 years for the termites to make. They were well over our heads as you can see in the pictures. Andy actually ate a termite and said it tasted just like pepper. He was gross!

We also got to see lots of waterfalls some of which we could swim in and some we couldn't, it all depended on crocodiles, we did get to swim in an amazing river though which if you stood still for long enough cray fish were on your feet...this meant that there were alot of screaming girls in our group. The waterfalls and the scenery themselves were amazing you had spectacular views everywhere you looked.

Later that evening myself, Andy, Larissa and Lucas (friends we had made in the hostel and were on the same tour as us) went out to eat some crocodiles. The crocodile meat was very bland but I'm glad i tried it, it kind of had the texture of chicken but tasted very fishy.

Another activity Andy and i did was to go to crocodile cove where you got to see lizards and Crocodiles and out entrance fee even included us to be able to fish for jumping crocodiles it was so awesome! and the crocodiles were literally leaping out of the water.

Later that evening we met up for drinks again with Lucas and Larissa and thought we would be in a pub quiz to win some cash but we got the wrong night and instead had a good evening with drinks and connect 4, I (Dawn) was the winner in the end haha although I'm sure Larissa may disagree.

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