Days 20 and 21 - Tennant Creek to Home The final days are here. We have travelled over 8,000kms. Seen more crocodiles than we have ever seen in our life time, swum in natural pools found only in postcards, fished and caught Barramundi in a sea of crocs and spent all of this time with our family. Wow what a time away. Katherine, Darwin and Kakadu thank you for taking the time to welcome our little family. We enjoyed every single minute and did not want to leave such a majestic part of the world. Until next time.... read more

Day 19 - Jabiru to Tennant Creek Today we left Jabiru and drove 960km to Tennant Creek. The first 200km was a new road for us but the countryside is similar to what we have been used to in the last week. Lots of short Savanna native trees with some undergrowth. On the way to Tennant Creek we passed the Mataranka Hot Spring Pools and decided we would take the plunge this time. The last time we were here we were running late to get to Katherine and just went to the waters edge for a look. This time we took the plunge. Well have you ever taken a bath where you have gotten the temperature so perfect that you just get in and it is not too hot and not too cold. Well this was ... read more

Day 18 - Jabiru last full day Today we had booked to go on a morning cruise on the East Alligator River. Now this was about 40mins away from our camp and was very close to Cahill’s crossing. We left early enough to allow us to find the place, have a cup of coffee and also cross Cahill’s crossing and still have time to spare. Paul reckons if we had of been any earlier we would catch yesterday’s tour. Anyhow they don’t appreciate my organisational skills. That is my story. The tour nearly didn’t start off at all. The tour is run by the Local Aboriginal council and the aboriginals had two deaths in the last week. This means they need to attend all of the sorry time rituals irrespective of whether they have jobs or ... read more
3 or 4 crocs on the river bank.
A view looking down a small section of the East Alligator river.
 A view from Arnhem land

Day 17 - Jabiru Today was a mixed day. A few activities to explain. Firstly my sister and I were booked on a Scenic Flight over parts of Kakadu. Now I like to have control on how I die and getting into a 6 seater plane, hitting my head on the way in and doing a contortion act to get into the back seat was a little unnerving, particularly given this plane looked like it was born before me. Anyhow there was no returning from my little buckled seat. There were four passengers on the flight. My wife and the others were at the fence ready to wave us off. The problem is I noticed Paul standing on the fence doing the sign of the cross repeatedly. OMG does he make one feel really good (not). ... read more
Inside the cockpit
The town of Kakadu
The Ranger Uranium mine

Day 16 - Jabiru Today we decided we would take a trip to Jim Jim Falls. Now we were told by the caravan park receptionist and by the visitor centre staff that the road into Jim Jim Falls was corrugated and that the 50km Trip would be slow. Well they didn’t tell us everything did they. Firstly the road was graded for half the way, the first half, the rest of the way was heavily corrugated. They were so bad they shake your eyeballs out of their sockets. Going slow was worst so we travelled at an average of about 80km going in. I found that going back it was much smoother if I drove at 100km to 110km remembering this was loose gravel. Let me just say my car lived up to its reputation of ... read more
Jim Jim upper pool
The Noodle man
Jim Jim Falls

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory July 13th 2018

Day 15 - Jabiru An early start today for the boys. Paul, Cohen, Xavier and I booked a fishing charter on the Yellow Waters wetlands in the middle of Kakadu. Now the main reason for this is that on Xavier’s bucket list was to catch a Barramundi and this was his chance. We left home at 5.30am to join a 6.45 am charter. How lucky were we. We were the only ones on the boat. The fishing was smack bang in the middle of Kakadu wetlands known as Yellow Water. The vessel was a small 8 seat flat bottomed boat set up especially for fishing. As we took off the sun was showing itself but the one thing that struck us was the teaming birdlife. The wetlands seemed to be alive. We saw so many ducks ... read more
Ducks on waters edge
Finally Xavier catches a Barramundi
Circled is the croc in the middle of the road

Day 14 - Darwin to Jabiru. / Kakadu TrIp This morning was our last morning in Darwin. We have seen a lot of Darwin and probably could have seen more but I am confident we have seen all of the major attractions to be seen. We left Darwin mid morning, had our mandatory coffee and cream bun at the local Bakers Delight and headed off for our 220km journey. This is a short trip compared to other drives so we stopped at the local aboriginal art centre on the way and took some photos at the Welcome Kakadu sign. We now have proof that we have been here. We arrived in our camping spot at lunchtime dropped off the campers at the camping site and headed to Jabiru which is the main town in the middle ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin July 11th 2018

Day 13 - Darwin Last day / Kakadu Trip Today we decided to visit Litchfield National Park. This park has a reputation of being a great park to go and see waterfalls and to swim in natural pools. Now a couple of days ago I saw a comment in Trip Advisor that mentioned that there was a crocodile sighting at Wangi Falls which was our first point of call. We arrived at Wangi Falls at about 9.30am and there were a few cars but NO ONE was swimming even though the Falls were open for swimming. I wanted to chuck my sister in to check out the crocs but she wasn’t happy about the idea. A great place to visit and swim no doubt but we had been traumatised by our croc jumping tour and therefore ... read more
Wangi Falls
Wangi Falls - Bats
A view of Florence Falls from the car park

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin July 10th 2018

Day 12 - Darwin / Kakadu Trip Another warm day, another warm night. I can get used to this weather. The humidity is bearable at 74% but the temps have been fantastic. The top temperatures are in the low 30s and the low in the high teens. Today we decided to give Berry Hot Springs another go. The last time we visited was Sunday afternoon and the locals reckon we were silly to go anywhere near the Springs on the weekend due to the sheer number of visitors. Therefore we were there at 8.45am and even then there was a small mini bus full of tourists in the water when we arrived. We got into the water like a herd of water buffalos and soon these elderly were moving on. It was quite pleasant to sit ... read more
Taking a moment before we take off
The daughter is at the helm and I am worried.

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin July 9th 2018

Day 11 - Darwin. / Kakadu Trip Only one planned activity today but boy was it a doozy. We booked to go on a Crocodile jumping tour. There are a few of these types of tours and we went to the original one set up about 30 years ago. Well we were not disappointed. Let me just say it was frightening to see these majestic killer creatures at such close range. They were jumping out of the water as close as 50cm from us. It was funny watching Tracey cringe. Check out the photos. After this momentous cruise we headed off to the Darwin War Museum. Now the impact of World War II was lost on me until I went to this museum. The bombing of Darwin in Feb 1942 had such a great impact on ... read more
A Five metre crocodile should be respected
Dont even thing about swimming with the Crocs. Not like dolphins
This one was called Brutus. I think his name suits him

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