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


Visiting Kakadu had been high on our bucket list for some time, and we finally had the opportunity to tick that box. Kakadu National Park is located 171 kms south east of Darwin and is the second largest national park in Australia. The park is managed by the aboriginal traditional owners jointly with Parks Australia, and is highly ecologically and biologically diverse, hosting a wide range of habitats and flora and fauna. We checked into Aurora Kakadu Lodge at Jabiru and after setting up our caravan, we enjoyed a cool swim in the resort like pool. Our first destination the next morning was to head to the famous Cahills Crossing, a causeway across the East Alligator River, where large saltwater crocodiles gather at each high tide to feast on mullet and barramundi as they seek to ... read more

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

I’m woken at the crack of dawn by noise that would wake the dead - thousands of birds in chorus in the trees around the hotel. I wonder how Issy can possibly still be asleep. I check to make sure that she is actually still with us, but all good - the snoring was a bit of a giveaway. I decide to take the opportunity for an early morning trip out to the Mamukala Wetlands. On the off chance that Issy stirs before I get back I leave her a note to tell her where I've gone. At least now if I get taken by a croc, she’ll know where to tell the searchers to look. I arrive at the car park to find that I’m the only person here. I read a large crocodile warning ... read more
Yellow Water Billabong
Mamukala Wetlands
Wallaby, Mamukala Wetlands

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

Flying into Darwin we noticed it’s a lot greener and thankfully hotter. As we were walking through the airport to claim our luggage there were cameras everywhere. I started wondering how they knew we were arriving today .... then the cameramen started to get excited as we were walking towards them but they weren’t looking at us, the bloody Parramatta Eels football team were behind us ... ? After getting our bags we hopped into a taxi so we could pick up our traveling home for the next week ... a Maui 2 berth Camper. I was a little shocked by the size of the camper and worried it would be to hard to drive. After a lesson on all the vans features I was let loose on the roads. We started easy and headed for ... read more

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 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

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

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