Kaka-do

28 Jul

With great reluctance we left Darwin and headed off to Kakadu. Plenty of people had told us that its OK to be a Kakadon’t so we weren’t that inspired about visiting…. But we loved it. We based ourselves at the Kakadu Lodge in Jabiru and explored the northern section over 3 days. Miff did a fishing charter on the East Alligator river and hooked 3 Barra. One was 54.5cm on a minimum size limit of 55cm. Sadly it was returned along with the 50cm one and the big fella she dropped at the boat. A great day on an amazing river with giant crocs nailing mullet and the tides flowing fast over Cahills crossing which is the main road into Arnhem land.

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There is alot to do in Kakadu and some of the attractions can be a bit hit and miss. We visited Angbangbang billabong and ticked off a variety of beautiful birds and through binoculars, spotted a giant estuarine croc on the other side sitting beside a picnic table. When we mentioned this to the ranger he was surprised and quietly concerned.

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The view from Ubirr is pretty special although Mif thinks it would be better with some Elephants and Zebra on the lowlands. Sunset at Nawurlandja lookout was also beautiful and while rock art is not our thing, the walks were pretty.

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On our final day we visited Yellow Waters billabong and then headed to the southern end of the park to Maguk waterfall. Having seen and swam in a heap of falls lately we all agree that this is our favourite. What makes the best falls? Nice water temp, smooth warm rocks to laze on, brilliant blue water and huge Saratoga swimming over what looks like a bottomless depth. We had unhooked our van at a bush camp nearby but decided to move on further south as the Gunguryl campsite was fairly average. In the end we kept going and ended up at Edith Falls.

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As we had arrived late in the day, the campsite was full so we spent one night out by the highway and then headed in the next day.

The campsite at Edith Falls is great. Grassed areas, private bays etc. No wonder it is quite competitive getting a spot. There is a beautiful swimming pool next to the campsite and yet another one a 1 k walk up and over a hill. Rosie pretty much did this walk by herself and Archie soldiered on as always.

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We then rolled in to Mataranka. We had been eagerly awaiting a dip in the 34 degree water of the thermal springs, especially after reading how cold and wet it has been at home. They weren’t disappointing. We caught up with some travelling friends at the Territory Manor and Rosie delighted in showing them how to drift with the current down the springs.

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There was one last stop before we officially headed East. The Daly Waters Pub. This is a true country pub with thongs, hats, shirts and bras on the walls. Most people call in here for an overnight stay, have a meal in the pub and listened to the band. It was a great night with Archie and Rosie running a muck with other kids. A cleverly designed and tricky treasure hunt kept them in line as they were promised an icecream if they completed it!

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4 Responses to “Kaka-do”

  1. Matt July 29, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    No kak in Kakadu, it’s true. Looks speccy. What ru eating-all looking very svelte.

  2. Guy Sheppard July 29, 2013 at 6:56 am #

    Divine adventures, loving the fun you are having! Xx

  3. aussietnt July 29, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    Fantastic! Love the photos – shame about the barra but great you caught some.

  4. Jenny July 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Not “the one that got away” but the ones you had to throw away! Ah – that was a pity, Lot of great fish consumed during the trip, I imagine. I’m with Miff on the view being enhanced by elephants and zebras?? We’re just back from Africa and loved seeing hundreds of pachyderms in the Chobe River Valley in Botswana. Had an amazing trip. Hope you guys keep having an incredible time! Love to read your blog. – Jen

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