Humpty doo hotel
Well here's the world famous pub.....
Well it was nice to be back on the road again, today. We took our time getting organised, Rob had to take the hire car back first and I got things ready and made a chicken pot roast in the Shuttle chef for tonights dinner.
We didnt have to far to go, before we found the Arnhem highway. The Kakadu national park is kind of a triangle that starts off the Stuart Highway, reaches the top of the triangle at Jabiru then heads back down to the highway at Pine Creek. So I think its about a 600 k drive round the triangle. We firstly stopped at Humpty Doo, only a few k's in off the highway. The pub here is World famous, but we're not really sure why. It's just a kind of open air pub. There's a Big Boxing Crocodile statue near it which is more impressive but hasn't made the hall of fame yet... Lets push for that!
We weren't really sure what to expect about Kakadu, when it actually starts, what can you see along the way. Truth be known, it was pretty much hot dry highway with the odd wetlands on the side. We
Humpty doo hotel
This is the bar, just a shed really. maybe it goes off on a Saturday night...
are thinking now that most of the sights of Kakadu are on the other arm of the triangle, from Jabiru to Pine Creek. We will see tomorrow.
The Mary River was beautiful and we stopped to check out a resort there but thought we'd better keep going because we weren't actually in the Kakadu national park at that stage. It seems that there may be many off roads that head off to billabongs etc, but you do need 4wd access. So that's a bit disappointing but pretty sure we will see more tomorrow with normal vehicle access.
Some of the road side stops were good, mainly pubs and petrol again. There always seemed to be old guys drinking at the bar. Where they come from and what they do for a living is beyond me! They dont look like tourists. Props maybe!
At one stop, Corroborree Road house, they had a huge salty in a pen. An albino bullock and pigs as well.. Brutus was the name of the salty. We missed feeding time but he did open one eye to look at us.
Half an hour out of Jabiru we were stopped by police for
Humpty doo Boxing croc
This is the REAL tourist attraction at Humpty doo! A beauty
a random breath test! Who would have thought that! Was a very friendly copper. Then there was a small bushfire we drove past, smoke all over the road. Eeery.
When we got to Jabiru it isn't what we expected. Its a town ship of sorts, but hard to really see where it is as such. There's a police station, hospital and supermarket. But spread out strangely. I thought we would see lots of touristy things but no. It felt a bit disconcerting. So we came to a caravan park we found and booked in for the night. Its pretty nice here, and the desk staff were very helpful re tourist things. We got a better understanding of where to go from here. So tomorrow we will head back down the other side of the triangle where we should be able to do a yellow river cruise and such things.
So far though Kakadu has not really impressive, so we better hold our opinions until tomorrow. Jabiru is advertised at the township for Kakadu yet you get the feeling you are not overly welcome. A bit of a tension between what the local aboriginals think about tourists I think,
Humoty doo bakery
Ha ha, had to post this, at least the baker was honest!
Anyway we are here and the park staff have been very helpful so lets see what tomorrow brings!
Oh by the way, we have been savaged my mossies, well I have any way.No new ones today thank goodness so its just waiting for therm to stop itching! No fun!
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