Blogs from Jabiru, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania


We’ve got a few busy days ahead of us so we very generously decide to award ourselves a morning off from touring. The restaurant at the hotel is freezing cold. As we go to get lunch we see that none of the hundred or so tables inside it are occupied. We ask if we can sit at one of the two outdoor tables. Our waitress's reaction suggests that this is an unusual request. A few minutes later four fellow diners take their seats at the only other outside table; there's still no one sitting inside. We’re left wondering why the proprietors think that all their guests are craving cold. We came here to get away from the icy chill of a Melbourne winter. We head out to Cahills Crossing, which is a causeway across the East ... read more
View from Ubirr Rock
Cahills Crossing.  Yep, that's a croc in the foreground.
Croc victim memorial, Cahills Crossing

Today we head three hours north-east to Jabiru in Kakadu National Park. It looks like time goes by slowly here in sleepy Katherine, with no one seeming to care too much about its progress. We see lots of the local indigenous folk sitting about and wandering slowly along the main street, seemingly without any need to hurry. Before we make our getaway I first need to make a quick dash into the chemist to get a prescription filled. It looks almost deserted, but I’m told it won’t be ready for "about half an hour". I wander the streets impatiently waiting for the thirty minutes to pass. It seems however that the pharmacists of Katherine are not familiar with the concept of a “quick dash”; half an hour and a bit later I’m told that my script‘s ... read more
Indigenous rock art, Nourlangie Rock
Nourlangie Rock
Nourlangie Rock

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 » Kakadu National Park » Jabiru December 28th 2017

As I stepped off the plane in Darwin, the instant gush of hot breeze hit my face and the sound of the crickets in the palm trees filled the air. I knew I had arrived in a tropical paradise! We picked up our SUV and headed out from Darwin passing suburbs called Coconut Grove and Humpty Doo on the way. I found this rather amusing - can you imagine writing either of those down as your address!We drove the 286km journey east along the Arnhem Highway, the straight road was lined either side with rust coloured rubble, the colour I had imagined would depict the northern territory! There were lush green mango trees as far as the eye ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kakadu National Park » Jabiru September 1st 2017

Our next stop was Kakadu National Park; a 19,804 square Km world heritage site. The park is internationally known as one of Australia's cultural and ecological treasures. More than a third of the Top Ends plant life is in Kakadu, 1600 species of plants, 275 species of birds, 75 species of reptiles, 25 species of frogs and 10,000 species of insect all live in Kakadu. Kakadu comes from the Gagudju language spoken by the Aboriginal people who live in the North of the park. The rock shelters, stone tools, grindstones and ochre quarries show us that Aboriginal's have lived in that area for over 50,000 years. Our first stop in Kakadu was Jabiru, the main but small town which is a central gateway to all parts of the park. Jabiru had a music festival on that ... read more
Ubirr View
The view from the top

Geo: -12.6767, 132.828We wake to a sunny morning and head down to breakfast at the lodge. Today we are taking an airboat ride on the Wildman Home Billabong and wetlands and I cant help but overhear a rucus between some French tourists and the manager about getting bumped from their tour the previous day onto our tour today.We head off at 9.00 am in a rickety old jeep and drive about 5 minutes to the water where the airboat is moored. I cant help but notice that it has a nice V8 sitting under the cage. We all board and the tour operator starts the engine and by God its loud. The scenery is breathtaking as large flocks of Magpie Geese take flight in V formation and we spot all manner of birdlife.We soon head out ... read more
Home Billabong - Wildman
Like a ride-on mower gone viral
Departing Home Billabong

Geo: -12.6767, 132.828That's been a big day of tourist adventures. The alarm went off at 5.30 because (agedMac) had missed the adjustment for the change in time zone but this did turn out to be a handy addition because we only just made it to the foyer in time for our 7.15 pickup by AATKings Tour.It was a very large coach for just the 19 travellers in our group. After a false start ( we had to return to the depot to retrieve luggage that was forgotten) we were heading along the Stuart Highway (again) pointed due south towards Adelaide.The tone of the trip was established early by Mac. He spotted a 60 km road sign and commented that they must have known he was coming! Talk about egocentric! Everything 60 is about the Birthday Boy ... read more
Ray giving details
Settling in to SMILE on King' Bus
Spectacular jumping crocs

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 ... read more
Humpty doo hotel
Humpty doo Boxing croc
Humoty doo bakery

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