Four nights in Kakadu NP can only touch the surface. The park such a big place and other than the tourist ‘resorts’ there are heaps of well establish NP camping areas. In our four nights we covered the main sights in Kakadu.
On the first morning we visited Barramundi Falls. It was a nice easy walk into the falls, and we had a quick dip into the plunge pool, but didn’t leave the bank to far due to fear of crocs even we knew there weren’t any there. After lunch we went to Nourlangie Rock to view some rock art and walk the billabong, but due to still being fairly wet, the billabong walk was closed.
The second morning we were up before dawn for a sunrise cruise on the Yellow Waters billabong. We didn’t see as much bird life as on the Coorroboree billabong, but sunrise was very beautiful and peaceful. I think the tour guides go to the same training centre as we heard all the same things as on the first cruise.
Third day we traveled back up to Jabiru to Ubirr lookout for sunset. We tagged onto a Ranger talk and finished on top of Ubirr to watch the sun go down on the wet lands. Very special.
Fourth day was out to Jim Jim Falls. Roads were all good, and even the last 10 kms as a two wheel track was quite good. The walk into the falls was about 2 kms, with the last bit rock hopping over stones and boulders. Charlotte loves this type of walking, but Susan’s knees don’t cope to well. The water coming over the falls was good, and a nice sandy ‘beach’ to swim from but the water temperature was a bit fresh!
On our last morning when leaving Kakadu we drove into to Gunlom (pronounced goon-lom) falls. The falls are nice and the plunge pool is great to swim in, but everyone comes here to climb up to the top of the falls to swim in the pools before the water goes over the edge. It’s a pretty tough ‘climb’ straight up the hill but it is well worth it. The pools are lovely and the views are spectacular, once the back-packer tour group leaves.
It was a fitting end to our time in Kakadu. It’s now time to head east and hoe-ward bound via the ‘Savannah Way’
Did you know … #17?
Arnhem Land was named by a Dutch explorer after a town/city in Holland called Arnhem!