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Jul 17, 2017 - Bamurru Plains - A Few Reflections

If you are coming to the Top End, Bamurru is a wonderful place and I would highly recommend it. With that being said, it does possess a bit more of a rustic feel than one might expect so be prepared. Everything is very nice and well appointed, but as I've gathered from those who've been to Africa and done top end safaris, some of the sophistication is lacking - not sure I have any great examples for you other than the fact that you can just feel it. With that, I will share a few more observations/reflections on our stay: Food - incredibly...

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Jul 16, 2017 - Bamurru Plains - The Excursions

So one of the best parts about Bamurru Plains is the diversity of experiences that they offer and fortunately, we were able to take advantage of nearly all of them. The routine each day is fairly predictable in that breakfast is served at 8 am, first excursion goes out at 9:00 am for 2.5 hours, lunch at 12:30, 2nd excursion at 4:00, drinks/canapes at 6:30 and dinner at 7:30. Overall, a nice blend of action and relaxation. Our range of activities included the following: 1) Safari Tour - open air ride through the property where we received a...

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Aug 9, 2016 - Jabiru

Up the Centre 9.8.16 Mary River to Jabiru 140km Short trip to Jabiru, great to see Ron and Sylvia. We had both heard by word of mouth, about Cahills Crossing, where the tide from the ocean meets East Alligator River. When the tide is high Mullet and Barramundi come from the ocean to go up stream to lay eggs. Cahills Crossing is a road which goes across the river dividing sea and river. This event is not advertised in brochures, as with too many people it could become very dangerous, as the crocs could decide people are as tasty as fish....

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Jun 12, 2016 - Gunbalanya

After a big breakfast we drove back over Cahills crossing at low tide to see if Olivia 1. Knew the driver of the cruise boat operating on the East Alligator River, and 2. Whether she could sweet talk them into giving us a discount on the trip. Everything in Kakadu is pretty expensive. It costs you $40 per person for your permit, then it was $15 per person just to camp in a tent. The cruise today was $75 per person for just over an hour. Anyway, first up she didn't know the driver, so we decided to do a bush walk that was in the immediate...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Merl campground, Kakadu national park, to Gunabalanya, Arnhem Land.

Up early this morning-low tide at the crossing was 10.30am, so we needed to be packed up and ready to cross before then. We actually got to the crossing about 9am and found it to be quite low, so decided to go then and there, which we did with no issues. The road to Gunabalanya turned out to be about 15k of dirt road, very corrugated in places, but generally OK. We found Olivia's place quite easily from her directions, then after a cup of coffee, we went for a walk to the art gallery and around the billabong which edges the community on one...

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Jun 3, 2015 - To Jabiru and Kakadu National Park

Today, June 3rd, would have been Mum's 93rd birthday, so cheers to you with love, Mum. Left Katherine for the easy 300km run into Kakadu, and will be spending 5 nights in Jabiru soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of this wonderful wetlands. Here at Kakadu Lodge Caravan Park ...got Senior's discount, too!! Park is huge with plenty of sites to choose from, 5 ablution blocks spread around, a fabulous pool/bistro/bar, and only a minute drive to small shopping centre. Did the sunset cruise on the Yellow Water Lagoon....really enjoyed it...

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Jul 7, 2014 - Arnhem Land

After breakfast we packed up, filled with water and set off for Jabiru and Oenpelli. We got a few supplies at the supermarket at Jabiru And then continued on to Oenpelli. It is in Arnhem Land. We got to the border which is Cahill crossing at the Alligator river (which has crocs in it.). There was ankle deep water flowing swiftly over the ford. Normally you have to have a permit to travel into Arnhem Land but because we are coming to an Aboriginal conference we can just go through. We met a Ranger at Alligator crossing who verified this for...

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Oct 26, 2013 - Kakadu National Park (NP)

Some HOT birding (and cultural) spots We pulled out of Mary River around 6:15 and tried first some birding in Mary River National Park. Many, many Agile Wallabies were spotted. We were then off to Kakadu National Park, a World Heritage Site, where we looked at aboriginal rock art, did a bit of walking, and went to the visitor center all while wearing our binocs to add a few new birds. The aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 80,000 years and in the Kakadu NP area for about 20,000 years. The rock art is layered with newer...

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Aug 10, 2013 - Kakadu - Jabiru - to the big smoke...

(Sal) Jabiru to the big smoke On our way out of Kakadu, we could have gone to a good bird-watching spot, gone on a cruise, or explored the rivers. We didn't. Sometimes, we're just ready to move on (and desperate for friends to chat with!). We popped into Window on the Wetlands education centre, then determinedly made our way to the nearby outskirts of Darwin. Our happy intention was to camp out at our uni friends', the Jenners', place for the week, but we couldnt be too sad when they told us we couldn't stay - because they had a super...

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Aug 9, 2013 - Kakadu - Jabiru - where have all the people gone?

(Sal) Kakadu day 2&3 Jabiru After leaving Warradjan, we ventured into Jabiru to see what we could see. It appears to be a major centre on the map, but its not all that big. It's a bit hard to find the town centre cause everywhere is soooo quiet. On driving about for a bit, we found the residential area in town (which looks just like suburban Brisbane) minus any visible residents and saw a sign to the local aboriginal community settlement (permission required to enter). With that, we confirmed that people did live here. We then stumbled upon...

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Sep 24, 2012 - Nourlangie and Jabiru

Packed and moving by 8am. Drove 50km south to Nourlangie area for more excellent ranger talks at art sites in this area. More Aboriginal stories explaining their laws and 'skin' groups. Archaelogical digs have proven that the area has been inhabited for over 20,000 years in the Anbangbang rock shelter. We handled the quartz spear tip and stone axe head. Again in 'stone country' area. Staying a couple of nights at "Kakadu' caravan park in Jabiru. Some welcome relief with grass, full shade and tropical, lagoon pool. Seems out of place that a...

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Sep 12, 2012 - Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park: 12 - 14 Sept 2012 I was really looking forward to visiting Kakadu National Park as it is one of the most iconic places in Australia. A must to do for every Aussie. I am happy to be your tour guide if you decide to visit Kakadu! We decided to base ourselves in the heart of Kakadu at "Jabiru" which had a campground with a beautiful resort pool. Each morning we went out to visit different aboriginal sites and by lunch time the temperature had hit 38 degrees C so we relaxed by the pool to keep cool. Ubirr, (pronounced...

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