Farewell from Kakadu

We left Kakadu to begin our long trek home. We are now in Winton (after floodwaters prevented us getting here on the way up) after overnighting at Renner Springs and Mount ISA.

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Our last day in Kakadu saw us hiking up to the Escarpment – stunning rock formations and views and an afternoon cruse on Yellow Waters billabong

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Yellow Water Wetlands

Recommended by many friends – we did the dawn boat trip on the Yellow Water Billabong.

The wetlands and wildlife were spectacular!

Forrest Kingfisher
Forest Kingfisher
Corella
Corella
We watched and waited for this buffalo to be taken by the Crocs - but not today
We watched and waited for this buffalo to be taken by the Crocs – but not today
Sea Eagle
Sea Eagle
Pied Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Royal Spoonbill
Royal Spoonbill
Saltwater Crocodile
Saltwater Crocodile
Jabiru
Jabiru
Jacana
Jacana
Night Heron
Night Heron
Whistling Kite
Whistling Kite
Magpie goose
Magpie goose

East Alligator Region

Yesterday we visited the East Alligator region – an area in the North-East of Kakadu where the East Alligator river is the border between the Northern Territory and Arnhem Land.

We went to another art site – Ubirr that had some much older art work than Nourlangie and some stunning scenery of the Escarpment and flood plains.

In some cases the rock art told new-comers to the area – what was on the menu, and in other cases, it taught the laws of the land, like staying away from crocodiles and not stealing things from others

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The scenery of the “Stone Country” escarpment was something else

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The afternoon saw us on a cultural cruise on the East Alligator River.

The 2 hr trip had our guide stopping frequently to show us trees that had many uses in their day to day lives. We saw how spears were made, and our first crocs.

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Our last event for the day – was a stop at Cahills Crossing – a causeway across the East Alligator river into Arnhem Land. Also its a popular spot for croc’s as the barrier traps a lot of fish.

 

 

Birds of Kakadu

Some of the birdlife around Jaribu Lake and Anbangbang Billabong

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater
Crimson Finch
Crimson Finch

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Long Tailed Finch
Long Tailed Finch
Double Barred Finch
Double Barred Finch
White Necked Heron
White Necked Heron
Egret
Egret
Egret
Egret
Magpie Goose
Magpie Goose
Magpie Goose
Magpie Goose
Little Corella
Little Corella
Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo
Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo
Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo
Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Road trip – Day 11

After 3 nights camping in Nitmiluk National Park, it was time to head further North.

We arrived at Jabiru in Kakadu National Park via Leliyn Falls.

Leliyn Falls is the northern most part of Nitmiluk and has the most stunning set of falls in the area. We did a 2.6km loop around the falls with a swim in the middle

One of the larger termites nest we saw coming into Kakadu
One of the larger termites nest we saw coming into Kakadu
Liliyn Falls
Leliyn Falls

 

The rock pools higher up from Leliyn Falls
The rock pools higher up from Leliyn Falls
Sunset on Nitmiluk
Sunset on Nitmiluk
Sunset on Nitmiluk
Sunset on Nitmiluk
Sunset on Nitmiluk
Sunset on Nitmiluk

Nitmiluk National Park

We went on a dawn boat cruse through the gorge

Tomorrow we will drive to Edith Falls into the Northern section of the park

Swap a leaf for some Apple?
Swap a leaf for some Apple?
Blue Headed Honeyeaters
Blue Headed Honeyeaters
Blue Headed Honeyeaters
Blue Headed Honeyeaters
Nitmulik George (Katherine River)
Nitmulik Gorge (Katherine River)
Nitmulik George (Katherine River)
Nitmulik Gorge (Katherine River)
Nitmulik George (Katherine River)
Nitmulik Gorge (Katherine River)
Nitmulik George (Katherine River)
Nitmulik Gorge (Katherine River)
Nitmulik George (Katherine River)
Nitmulik Gorge (Katherine River)
Nitmulik George (Katherine River)
Nitmulik Gorge (Katherine River)
Rock Art showing new arrivals what the land has to offer - in terms of food
Rock Art showing new arrivals what the land has to offer – in terms of food

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Road Trip – Day 7

We have now been on the road for a week, and this afternoon we arrivedĀ in Katherine. With the weather fine and hot (35 deg) – it looks like we have left the rain back in Qld.

The obligatory border crossing photo
The obligatory border crossing photo
A lot of military heavy metal heading north today
A lot of military heavy metal heading north today
Whilst not in use any more, these Telstra microwave radio systems were the mainstay of long distance communications from the 1970's to the early 2000's
Whilst not in use any more, these Telstra microwave radio systems were the mainstay of long distance communications from the 1970’s to the early 2000’s