Crocodile, Camel and Buffalo
Trip Start Jul 10, 2010
65Trip End Sep 17, 2010
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Batchelor Resort - Litchfield National Park
After a busy day incorporating a ride and run for Wendy and I respectively, a visit to Humpty Doo to see a didgeridoo and art gallery, lunch on the lush Humpty Doo village green, a cruise down the Adelaide River to witness crocodiles jumping out of the water as well as a visit to the famous Fogg Dam wetlands, we ended up having dinner at Tracy's house – Wendy’s friend from high school. Tracey and her partner Nudge and their two children Zeke and Asher live on a beautiful 5 acres just out of Humpty Doo, about 35 minutes east of Darwin.
Having made arrangements the previous day to meet Tracy at around 5.30pm, we left Batchelor at a leisurely 11am, stopping briefly at one of the many abandoned airstrips from WWII (where Mitchell insisted on being photographed with each model aeroplane) before heading to the didgeridoo and art gallery
Upon arrival we were met with a cute little girl with blonde hair showing us her pet black cockie. Courtney was then assigned the job of feeding the baby wallaby, and before we knew it we were deep in conversation with a very friendly (read 'over’ friendly) guy who followed us around and proceeded to espouse his views on everything ranging from the Federal Government Intervention, alcohol and pornography in the Aboriginal community, Christianity, Islam, animal cruelty, truck drivers and finally Aboriginal art.
So much for "just having a wander"! We left a little lighter in the pocket, with Mitchell picking up a crocodile tooth necklace at a discounted price because he used his own money, Wendy with an opal necklace (we should have said that was with Mitchell’s money as well!) and Courtney picked up some gifts for friends.
After a bite to eat we headed down a long dirt track through enormous grasslands which apparently used to be rice fields in the 1950’s, and arrived a little shack with an even littler boat out the back where a guy in a hat feeds bits of buffalo to 5.5m crocodiles.
As some of the photos will show, the title of the cruise is ‘Jumping Crocodiles’ and jump they do. The boat is open sided and when the crocs are jumping (in all we saw about 6), you are no more than about 1metre away. The sound of the jaws closing on the meat offering resembled that of an amplified popping cork such is the force with which they close.
Courtney struggled a bit with the ferocity and proximity of these wild beasts to our boat, and the fact that the entire tour group of 20 all rushed to one side at once giving the feeling that at any moment the boat was going to capsize probably didn’t help matters.
A more serene visit to the wetlands followed before we headed to Tracy’s ready to try our taste buds on the offering of croc, camel and buffalo. It was all pretty tasty stuff and expertly cooked by Nudge. With a sky full of stars and Tracey’s parents to keep us company, it was a night to remember and we headed back to Batchelor about 50km south after 10pm, driving fairly cautiously to avoid putting a kangaroo dint in the new Mazda. Fortunately the two we did see gave us plenty of time to stop, and they bounced off eventually, living to fight another day, perhaps one day ending up on someone’s plate.