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2017 Cairns and Northern Territory Adventure
Well Kakadu is done and dusted. Now on our way home.
I loved Kakadu. It was so different from Litchfield it would be very hard to compare them. We spent four nights at the caravan park at Kakadu Lodge. From there we hiked Ubirr Rock and the rock art and saw the great panorama from the top. We didn’t stay to watch the sun set as there was way too many people and I didn’t relish the thought of walking back down in the dark.
We drove to the Nourlangie area and walked right around the Anbangbang Billabong – saw quite a few different birds and some agile wallabies as well as a rather large crocodile. That afternoon we went back to do the free Ranger tour where we climbed to a lookout opposite and watched the sun set over Nourlangie Rock and the Arhem Land escarpment.
We went for a walk around Mamukala Billabong which has a great bird hide. On the walk which doesn’t actually go ‘around’ the billabong but rather along part of it and then winds back through Savanah land, we got an idea of just how big the wetlands are. They stretch as far as you can see.
Next day we went north again and did the Guluyambi Cultural Boat Cruise on the East Alligator River. It was one of the best boat cruises we have done. It is run by the aborigines and the skipper of both boats were local aborigines. They are brothers who live in Jabiru but come from Arnhem Land. They gave us a great insight into the area and showed us local trees and what they were used for as well as lots and lots of crocodiles. We went a couple of kilometres (almost to the end) up the East Alligator River where we went ashore on the Arnhem Land side of the river and one of the guys gave us a demonstration of throwing their different types of spears.
We moved south to the caravan park at Cooinda about 60 kilometres from Jabiru where we did the Sun Rise cruise on Yellow Waters. Again, we saw lots of crocodiles and birds as well as some wild pigs, brumbies and in the distance a buffalo and a jabiru. I was surprised that we did not see very many jabirus anywhere on our travels. In fact we probably only say two or three altogether.
Later that day we did the one hour flight from Cooinda over Kakadu. It was a fantastic flight – one of the best we have ever done. We flew over the escarpment, Nourlangie Rock, the Ranger Uranium Mine, Jabiru, a whole lot of wetlands and the South Alligator River. I couldn’t believe the number of crocodiles we could see swimming in the river when we flew over it.
Sadly it was then time to start the homeward trek.
We had a night in Katherine to catch up on some grocery shopping and also a dip in the Katherine Hot Springs. Still very nice. The council is doing major improvements to the area – building a set of steps down from the public carpark to the hot pools and terracing the river bank with rock (in mesh). Should look good when it is all finished.
It was then back to the Daly Waters Pub for another great meal of beef and barra and still some good entertainment.
We then spent four nights free camping and today arrived in Winton. Tomorrow we are off to check out the dinosaur stampede.
All going to plan we will be home by the end of next week and another great adventure will have come to an end.