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NT – KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

10 July, Wednesday to 14 July, Sunday

sunny 31 °C
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We were lucky enough to stay 5 nights in the Kakadu National Park. Including 2 nights in Cooinda and 3 nights in Jabiru. The very first thing we did after check in and setup was book a wetlands cruise at reception. Later that afternoon, we were taken by shuttle bus from reception to the water’s edge where the boats awaited. The cruise was superb and nicely timed right at sunset. The sunset was striking but not as striking as the emerald green grasses of these wetlands. We felt as though we were in the middle of a David Attenborough documentary with flocks of birds flying in and all around us. So much so that Sherrie once again did her crazy David Attenborough impersonation. God we laughed. She comes out with the best made up facts you could imagine and all with a posh English accent, pausing every 3 of 4 words, as he does. One time she did a David Attenborough commentary on the boat load of people coming towards us saying that this was a particularly strange species approaching, all of whom ritually consume several lagers around sunset each day and on and on she went. Very witty and very funny.

We saw lots of crocodiles on our cruise but my goodness the bird life was amazing. Our cameras worked overtime zooming in and out constantly on wild ducks, crocodiles, egrets, eagles and my favourite bird here, the Jabiru. As I was zooming in to take a photo of a Jabiru with his magnificent silvery blue head, I thought it reminded me of the cassowary we had spotted at Mission Beach. Just then Aunty Mandy (our aboriginal boat driver) told us that the Jabiru and Cassowary are related. Interesting fact. Then Ellen reminded us of an interesting fact we had learnt at Winton. The dinosaur that they’d found there appeared to be related to the Cassowary as well. It has giant bird like feet similar to a Cassowary. We really know stuff now. For instance, what happens to a male Barramundi aged between 6 to 8 years old. It changes to a female. What the!!!!!

Our time generally in Kakadu has been lovely. We discovered an amazing billabong at Anabangbang and we did loads of walks through interesting rock formations, along rivers and billabongs, and we climbed many of kakadu’s rocky summits for breathtaking views. And of course we stopped to admire the aboriginal paintings along the way, many of which were 5,000 years old. Some of the paintings were really high up too. We learnt that the aboriginal people believe that spirits called “Mimi Spirits” lifted these giant rocks down for the tribe to paint then lifted them back up afterwards. That is the only explanation they have. Myself, I think a bit of log scaffolding may have taken place. Sherrie reckons a bit of Moscow circusing went on with men balancing on the shoulders of other men. I guess we will never know.

Our campsite at Jabiru had a great pool, restaurant and bar area. We loved cooling off there after our walks and one night I was still swimming at 10.30pm. So hot up here in Winter. 30 + degrees. We all agree that we would perish here in the Summer heat though.

On our last day in Jabiru, we opted to spend the entire day at our pool just reading, blogging and crocheting. We were all Kakadu-dood out. I just couldn’t look at any more rock art, Ellen was over the long hot walks, Sherrie is now wearing a knee brace from all those steep climbs and Cherelle really struggles in the heat of the day. A bunch of light weights really ha ha. So we rested and a wonderful thing happened. We taught Sherrie to crochet. Those that know her may have to sit down and take a moment to let that sink in. Yes Sherrie can now crochet. Over the past couple of weeks Ellen, Cherelle and I have been obsessive over our trip blankey. Always talking about different wools, chain stitches and trebbles. Finally Sherrie said “Can you all stop speaking Croation I just don’t understand what you are saying”. I said once you pick up a crochet hook you will be as addicted as we are. I was right. You can’t take the wool out of her hands now. When we hit Darwin we are taking her to Spotlight for more wool. Looking forward to Darwin. A bit city after a long trip from Cairns. Shopping centres, bars, clubs, cinema’s. Yay!

Posted by buttermenthol 02:07 Archived in Australia

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