World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park is known for incredible natural beauty and impressive rock paintings. Kakadu also is full of walking tracks that would take many days to cover. Since we only had a day, we picked the ones that appeared to have the most interesting scenery and views.
Trip highlights from August 6th follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps
We’re nearing our first stop in Kakadu National Park, about a three-hour drive from Darwin. Traditional patch burning is common in all the areas we’ve visited in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. In the Kimberley, we spoke with a crew that were patch burning by helicopter. Patch burning prevents wildfires, cleans the land, and encourages the growth of natural flora and fauna. However, it’s not pretty.
Jennifer is standing in front of the extensive rock art gallery at Ubirr. Rock paintings cover the entire wall and even parts of the overhang. Aboriginals sheltered under outcroppings such as these and painted on the walls to depict events in their daily lives.
At the start of the 1.5-mile (2.5km) Bardedjilidji Sandstone Walk. Kakadu is full of walking tracks that would take several days to cover. Since we only had a day, we picked the ones that appeared to have the most interesting scenery and views.
Near the end of the walk, the track ran close to East Alligator River. Several tour boats passed by in the few minutes we watched. Signs warned of crocodiles in the river, and we saw a large one farther upstream.
We had a great meal poolside at the Escarpment Restaurant in Jabiru’s Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel. Jabiru is the main town in Kakadu and has a permanent population of 700 that can rise to 3,000 daily during the height of the tourist season.
The Angbangbang Gallery in the Nourlangie Region is another impressive rock art site in Kakadu. This painting depicts Namarrgon, the Lightning Man, who broke the incest laws and became Ginga, the great saltwater crocodile.
Our final stop for the day was up the short Nawurlandja Lookout Walk. This is the view southeast from the lookout. Nourlangie Rock is slightly left of center and the Kakadu escarpment is center in the distance.
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