McElholum road trip - up the Centre 2012 travel blog

Ubirr, Main Gallery

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Sunset at Ubirr




Michelle off on some tracks from the campsite at sunrise, past billabongs with geese and rocky outcrops. Travelled 10km further into Ubirr for the guided ranger talks at 3 of the rock art sites, starting at 9. Learnt of the detail of the paintings and the Indigenous stories behind them. Then we all did the 'Manngarre' monsoon forest walk. In the afternoon we watched high tide come in at Cahill's crossing. The incoming tide travels 80km from the coast and hits the freshwater, bringing an abundance of food as it crosses. Not the 'croc vs. fish' display today that we'd heard stories about but will come back in the next couple of days. 50 metres up stream did see four big crocs within 20 mts of the bank. Stopped quickly back at camp to prepare a picnic dinner then back to Ubirr for sunset. Climbed to the outlook and heard another ranger guided talk about the area and its significance. Brillant sunset, 360 degree views from the top of the escarpment, lush green wetlands below, glowing red ball as it dipped below the horizon....

Back at camp, at 8pm, a slide show about the 'Ginga", salt water crocodiles, by the rangers.

Temperature must be nudging 40 degrees, high 20s at night. No swimming relief though surrounded by water. Area known for its mosquitoes which hunt from dusk, through clothing even with repellant. Ant invasions. We drank 20 litres of water between us today. The 135 lts we carry no longer seems excessive!

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