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Sunday 24th September:
Off on an Arnhemlander tour today. The 4×4 bus was a 20 seater but there was only 9 of us so Rich, our guide, suggested that he could take us to some awesome rock art that not many people see. The catch is that it is down a rough 4×4 track and then you have to climb up to the top of an escarpment, which involves a 30-minute steep rock climb. We all agreed that it was a plan.
The first site was the “kitchen / lounge” room. A beautiful overhang with a very nice breeze overlooking the wetland below. It was used for cooking and just hang out away from the midday sun. And of course awesome rock art.
Site two was a burial site along with rock art.
Site three was smaller gorges that run back into the face that were the bedrooms. A place to get out of the sun and a lot cooler to sleep in.
Site four was very unique. It contained rock art from a previous era to all the other art. It has a different look about it and it has been carbon dated to be 9,000 years old minimum.
Lunch was by a beautiful billabong watching the crocodiles watch us. On the way back we stopped at the causeway, which is the only access into Arnhem Land from Kakadu. Now the tide had peaked and it was flowing out. The crocodiles lay in ambush just on the down streamside of the causeway and catch fish as they swim past.
At one stage we counted 9 crocs on both sides of the causeway. Even saw one very good fisherman croc catch two big fish. We then had to drive through the causeway but they all scattered when we did.
Had an awesome day out.
Monday 25th September:
Rest day today. Had a sleep-in then slowly made our way to the Bowali Information centre to organize some activities for tomorrow. Booked a 9:00am Yellow Waters cruise on the local billabong to see some wild life.
After a sandwich for lunch we went for a drive to Nourlangie (100km round trip) to see the Anbangbang billabong and possibly do a bit of a walk. Got to the rock car park and it was extremely hot so gave away the climb up the escarpment. Drove a short distance back to the Anbangbang billabong and it probably should be called the Anbangbang mud hole. Being the end of the dry season and no rain it is one huge mud pit.
After a bit of a walk round the billabong it was just too hot to climb to the lookout so we returned to the aircon in the hotel for a cup of tea and a lay down.
Tuesday 26th September:
Off today to the Yellow Water billabong cruise at 9:00am. We drove to Cooinda (140km round trip) where we were picked up by a shuttle bus to take us to the billabong (5 minute ride).
Our young Indigenous guide / skipper Don was awesome. He explained everything to us and would point out creatures long before anybody else could see them. He had a bit of a wicked sense of humor so made for a very interesting cruise. He was very good at positioning the boat so everybody got great pics as well. Awesome guide.
Back to the Cooinda Lodge for lunch. Guy had a good old steak and I had Crocodile, Camel and Kangaroo sausages. Very nice indeed.
By this time the midday sun was is full blaze (bloody hot) so we made our way back to the hotel and hit the pool to cool off. Then back to the room for a cup of tea and siesta.
Wednesday 27th September:
Left Jabiru for Darwin (270km) and had a nice leisurely drive. Found our Airbnb which is a very nice studio apartment (4th floor) right next to the Cullen Bay Marina.
The awesome “Seafood on Cullen” restaurant is a five-minute walk away so we wandered down after an afternoon rest and snooze. The seafood buffet was the best. Feeling very full now. Settled in to watch The Bachelorette.
Thursday 28th September:
Dropped off the Mighty Mazda to Kerrys Mazda in Darwin for her service after doing 12,000km on our adventure. Their courtesy bus dropped us off in town so we could wander. After a walk down the mall we made our way to the waterfront. From there we walked round the wharf to the end where the Royal Flying Doctor and the bombing of Darwin museum is.
This is an awesome museum where they utilize virtual reality so you really feel like you’re in the middle of the bombing of Darwin. They also have two hologram presentations on the founding of the flying doctor and the story of one of the ships and captain that were in the bombing of Darwin but escaped.
Finally they have a big screen at your feet and in front of you. You stand on a platform that vibrates and compressed air shoots out when the bombs explode in Darwin give the feeling of pressure waves.
They also have an old retired RFDS plane on display so you can see the cramped conditions the nurses and doctors had to work under. Lots of audiovisuals round to tell you lots of stories.
Early afternoon the courtesy bus picked us up and dropped us back at Kerrys Mazda to pick up the Mighty Mazda. She is all good and ready for the next 10,000km.
After a cup of tea and a lay down we made our way to the Mindil Beach sunset markets. After a wander we meet up with Oscar and Mila, friends of Guy’s from Manila who have lived in Darwin for the last 26 years. We all gathered up some food and sat on the beach watching the magnificent sunset while catching up. Great way to finish the day.
Friday 29th September:
This morning we were picked up at our apartment by Colin (7:00pm) for a day’s touring of the jumping crocs at Adelaide River and then visiting Litchfield NP.
First stop was the Adelaide River where we were handed over to Pat, our “Crocodile Dundee” guide for the jumping croc experience. Now Pat is a bit of a character, as he gets around barefooted with a pistol strapped to his side. He a mean storyteller but does know his crocs. He had them jumping out the water to a height that could have them in the boat if they so desired.
Next stop was Litchfield NP and Wangi Falls. Awesome waterfall and swimming hole but full of “tourists”. Following a stop at a lookout we arrived at Buley Holes. This is a series of rock pools that you can make your way down. Some pools are shallow and some are deep. Not so many “tourists” here so we might be back in a couple days as we head back there to stay tomorrow.
Finally back in Darwin for a sunset prawns and bubbly at the beach to finish off an awesome day.
Life is good.
Trevor & Guy.