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Bird Hide at Mamukala

Bird Hide at Mamukala

Nourlangie rock art.

Nourlangie rock art.

Nourlangie rock art.

Nourlangie rock art.

Kakadu camp-Merl campground

Cahill's crossing


Dropped dogs off at kennels at about 10am-I think they knew they were going to be left behind longer this time as they were not happy at being left. We headed onto the Arnhem Highway toward Kakadu. The first stop was the Bark Hut-just a pub really outside of Kakadu, then second stop was at Bird Hide at Mamukala inside the park. Everything was a bit quiet on the wetlands- it was the middle of the day and a bit warm, so not many birds around. Apparently the best time to be there is at the end of the dry season when hundreds of magpie geese congreate to feed.

From there we headed into Jabiru. It is a very green, neat and tidy town (found out later that there are a lot of miners living there). It also has an excellent bakery! We then decided to start heading towards Cooinda, which is where most of the main things to see in the park are located. We stopped to look at the Bowali Information Centre, then drove into Nourlangie which has a lot of rock art. It was very impressive, as was the view from the lookout at the top of the rocky hill.

We then drove into Muirella Park looking for Sandy Billabong but as it was going to be 6 ks on dirt road and it was getting late, we turned back towards Merl campground which was very near to the notorious Cahill's crossing that we needed to cross to get into Arnhem land the next morning. Before setting up camp we went and had a look at the crossing-OMG!. There is actually a viewing platform above the crossing where you can spot crocodiles and watch the cars cross the river. It is a real tourist attraction. We saw 2 crocodiles-one of which lined up the crossing, allowed the water to take it over the crossing, flipped over in the wash, then swam off!

From there it was back to Merl to set up camp. The campground has individual bush camping sites with fireplace and table and chairs. We didn't light the fire- too hot for me, but others around us did. It might have been to keep the mosquitoes away, so perhaps we should have as well. We had been warned that the mozzies were bad in Kakadu- and they weren't wrong!

I had cooked tea the night before, so it was only a matter of heating it up. Then it was a relatively early night to bed-another first for me I think-sleeping a night in a tent in a national park. We slept quite well, but there were a number of animal type noises, including dingo and creatures foraging around the tent, throughout the night, that made for an interesting night in the bush. However, all the literature says that camping the night in Kakadu so that you can experience the animal life is a must, so we have at least done that!



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