Australia - Kakadu National Park

Trip Start Dec 05, 2005
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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Day 1

After a filling buffet breakfast at the resort in Darwin (both cooked English and Continental for $10 (4 GBP) - Bargain!) we filled Gizmo up with diesel and got on the road by just after 9am.

The drive to Kakadu National Park was uneventful and presented the same scenery as we had seen in our previous journey up to Darwin. The terrain started to get harsher and more rugged as we ventured into the park and pulled into the visitors centre in the heart of the park. The visitors centre had a decent display of what you can expect to find when exploring Kakadu and some of the details behind the Aboriginal history of the land.

The visitors centre also advised which areas of the national park we could visit and which were closed off due to the recent heavy rains. Luckily the main area we wanted to go to - Nourlangie Rocks - was open for exploration, but most of the other areas of the park were closed, even to 4WD vehicles.

We arrived at the Nourlangie Rocks and proceeded to undertake the 2km loop walk around the rocks. Amongst the rocks are a number of Aboriginal wall paintings (PICS) which date back many thousands of years, to the original tribes that inhabited the area long before white settlers came to Australia.



Some of the paintings are very basic and quite faded whereas others are immensely intricate and still vibrant due to their sheltered locations and protected status. Once we reached the peak of the walk we could see over some of the more unusual rocky outcrops, sacred Aboriginal sites which are impossible to get to by foot (PICS).

On leaving Nourlangie Rocks we continued through the national park and then onto Katherine. Originally our return to Katherine was merely to be used as a stop-over but we had pre-booked a boat trip through Katherine Gorge for the following morning so we would be up bright and early the next day - an early night was required.
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