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May 25, 2017 - Kakadu

23 May - Kakadu! The barking owls were active all night, according to Ruth, i only heard them at bedtime. Otherwise a quiet campsite, there aren't too many campers here even though there are over 250 sites, and everyone here set up well away from their neighbours. Nonetheless we preferred to be at the campsite opposite, Anbinik Kakadu Resort with only 15 campsites, all ensuite, and a pool. So having checked they had room we struck camp and moved across, boy it was hot, over 30 degrees at 9 in the morning, so the pool was very welcome after...

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Oz and the Big Lap

Nov 20, 2016 - Kakadu National Park

Lots of driving today. Stopped at Barramundi Gorge and swam by a waterfall which was awesome. Stopped at another falls but only had 20 minuts so didn't bother. Found some nuts similar to the aboriginal nut- necklace in Darwin I like. Not sure this is a sensible idea but put them in a sealable plastic bag and closed the door of the shower. (Were told there are possums outside at night so can't leave them outside). Stopped at termite mounds for pics. Sore bumi when home as plastic shorts and a lot of driving!

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

Nov 19, 2016 - Kakadu National Park

Picked up at 7 by Paul. ( very large man with bandaged legs). Seem to have a bit of a cold. Went Croc spotting again with Not as good, lots of people, Drove for hours stopping at Jabaru in Kakadu National Park awesome viewing Oombeera Aboriginal paintings lovely views. Took photo for Jane Ratcliffe Travelling with Nicole the German, Hose the spaniad and 3 French. Stayed in a communal plc with separate bedrooms & shared bathroom. Steak, corn on the cob & salad for tea. Yum We bught a case of 4X qt the last place you could buy beer & was...

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

Jul 16, 2016 - Kakadu - Cobourg Peninsula - Darwin - Western Australia

In Kakadu we went on a early morning cruise on yellow river on the way we saw the sunrise and a man found a little snake in the trees. The snake was called golden tree snake. It might take some time to find it and two saltwater crocodiles were haing around the edge and a duck came past it. When I first saw it I thought it was a freshwater crocodile. The bottom croc is named Maxi which is the biggest crocodile in the river and then the other croc challenge him to a fight and maxi won the match because maxi bit the other crocodile on the neck...

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Jun 10, 2016 - Darwin to Merl campground, Kakadu national park

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...

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Aug 16, 2013 - Kakadu and Jabiru

Wow, Kakadu. What a diverse environment. A huge national park, with rocky mountain ridges, wetlands, billabongs, rivers, swamps and more. We visited Jim Jim Billabong when we arrived. A massive billagong covered mostly in waterlillies. Croc warnin signs everywhere. There is a patch the wild pigs have rooted up and we had to walk over. A great visit. Then we checked into our digs at Jabiru. Nice place. The locals are decent and friendly, not like those in Tennant Creek or Alice, who are just hopeless. Here, they are nice and friendly and...

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May 28, 2013 - Kakadu

There is so much cultural and landscape diversity in Kakadu National Park it is impossible to absorb it all in a short period. The Kakadu rangers provide an excellent service with free talks daily at the sites of major importance, so these gave us an insight into the history, both socially and environmentally, which added greatly to our appreciation of what we were seeing. We initially spent two nights at Merl campground in the northern part of the park so were close to Ubirr with its treasure trove of artworks and sweeping views across the...

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Sep 29, 2012 - Nanguluwur rock gallery

Still staying at campground in Jabiru to be able to cool off in afternoons by pool. In morning visited the Nanguluwur rock gallery at Nourlangie. Short off road drive and 3 km return walk to site. Painting styles from oldest in park, 20,000year ancestral figures to the more recent 200 year old 'x-ray style'. Including an example of 'sailing ships', showing the arrival of Europeans. Grandfinal day! Went across the road from our campground to the 'crocodile Inn' to watch the game. Interesting building, built as a 'crocodile', well appointed...

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Sep 28, 2012 - Crosshatching painting

Returned to Merl for cultural painting activity ran by rangers with two local artists, Trevor and Gershen. Made brushes by chewing on reeds. Learnt of the 'cross-hatching' technique with the fine lines decorating the painting which is a feature of the area and evident on the rock art. Kids lucky to have this special time only sharing with about 10 other people. These activities over the previous 3 months have been filled with up to 80 people. The ranger informed us that only 3 weeks ago camp ground were all at capacity throughout Kakadu,...

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Sep 27, 2012 - Fishing with crocs

Returned to Cahill's crossing for high tide and another fishing opportunity. More action today with 4 crocs sitting above crossing waiting for the mullet to cross with the tide. They were within 10mts from bank. Scary how they can pop up and disappear from the top of the water without a ripple. The crocs had more luck with their fishing than Guy and Hayden. Then went to the Mamukala bird hide to watch all the water birds at one of the flood plains. Protected internationally due to the migrating magpie geese. Viewed the geese, jacanas,...

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Sep 26, 2012 - Jabiru to Cooinda

Started day with a 4km "Illigadjarr" loop walk from Malabanjbanjdju through the flood plain and around two billabongs. Kilometres of flowering lillies over the drying river bed. The water looks so inviting but keeping a good 20 metre distance from the edge. This distance walk is max. for current temp. and finished well before 10am! Visited the Warradjan Cultural centre, excellent exhibit. Checked out another caravan park in Cooinda to possibly move to later in week but no shade over pool and happy to stay put where we are.

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Sep 25, 2012 - Weaving

Headed back up to Merl, 40km, for weaving activity organised via the rangers with two of the local Indigenous women, 'Susan' and 'Clara". Kids completely absorbed as they helped 'strip' the pandanus leaves. Then we made brown dye and yellow dye by crushing two different plant roots, black dye with leaves. The stripped leaves were dyed and we then made our own bracelets. Afternoon and evening by the pool

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