Kakadu National Park, NT.

Kakadu is like no other place we have ever been to. The scenery is spectacular, the landscapes are vast and there is a wealth of Indigenous history.

A lot of people we spoke to said that Litchfield National Park is better than Kakadu but it is so different, you can’t compare the two. Litchfield was awesome, with waterfalls and swimming holes you could park close by, whereas Kakadu has untouched wilderness, views you can see for kilometers, Estuarine (Saltwater) Crocs, loads of billabongs and hikes to get to a waterhole/waterfall.

We spent a week exploring Kakadu and I took lots of photo’s:

Mamukala:

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Stunning wetlands and variety of birdlife, bringing out the inner birdwatcher!

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3km Loop walk with lots of wildlife to see and a sign to beware of buffalo!
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#selfie
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On our walk, we heard birds tweeting like crazy up ahead, only to find this disaster… 😦

When we got back to the carpark (with only 4 cars in the whole carpark) a car had parked so close to us we have no idea how they got out.

Cahill Crossing:

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A croc waiting for his lunch to swim downstream @ Cahill Crossing

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At high tide, the crocs swim across the road, turn around and wait to catch fish.
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Would you like to fish near this croc? Can you see his arm up, apparently to help balance with the rushing tide.
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Can you see the croc walking back over the road? Now that the tide has settled.
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? A native bee.

 

Ubirr:

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Ubirr Landscape
Aboriginal Rock Art
Aboriginal Rock Art
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Not sure how this rock art got there! This shot is directly looking up!
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Ubirr, if you look closely… you can see the Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) rock art: close up below.

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Ubirr/Looking out over Arnhem Land

 

Jabiru:

We were parked next to a tree with a very healthy family of green ants. They totally invaded our mat. The day we left Esther didn’t eat all her egg for breakfast and Dan threw a piece to the base of the tree, this was the result. I was impressed.

Then just before we left, look where they had transported it to!

Cooinda Lodge:

One of the benefits of warm weather is making a mess outside!

 

Nourlangie Walk:

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More rock art

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I thought the shops might be close by and you have to BYO bag in the NT ;0)
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The vastness of this place was what impressed me the most.

 

Yellow River Cruise Wildlife:

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Comb-crested Jacana and babies
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Rainbow Bee-eater
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Australasian Darter
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Egret

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Maxi the resident croc, the only male in that area. Approx 3.5m long.
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Maxi out of the water. Huge!

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Plumed Whistling Ducks

 

Mardugal Billabong:

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Can you see the croc?
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There he is: confirmed with binoculars!

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Maguk:

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View from the top of the waterfall

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Top of the waterfall as far as we went
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Esther & Dan cooling off in one of the deep rock waterholes at the top of the waterfall.
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The creek that runs from the waterfall. To get to the waterfall swimming hole it is a 1km walk alongside the creek.
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View from the bottom of the waterfall.

 

Gunlom:

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View from the bottom of the waterfall @ Gunlom, you can just see someone standing at the top.
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Upstream: This is the creek that becomes the waterfall, only trickling at the moment. Can only imagine what it would be like in the wet!
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First falls from the creek.
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Us..
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View from the top.
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The famous infinity pool at the edge of the waterfall.
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Esther was more interested in sand than anything else.

For those who are currently travelling and want to visit: We preferred swimming at Maguk, than Gunlom and the views at Gunlom over Maguk. It was mid August and the water at Gunlom was a little stagnant compared to Maguk. Also the drive to Maguk was only 10km off the beaten track compared to approx 30km to get to Gunlom.

Museums: There is an Aboriginal Cultural Centre near Cooinda that has interactive displays and well worth the time to visit.

Next stop: Mataranka Hot Springs.

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