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BACK IN KAKADU. WE SURVIVED! :)

WE HAD SURVIVED WASHOUTS, BOGS, DUSTY ROADS, NO PHONES,
CROCS, HOURS OF DRIVING IN VT1 AND VT2 TROUP CARRIERS,
CAMPING UP THE TOP END OF AUSTRALIA, FISHING UP THE TOP END.....
AND THE ULTIMATE..... DAYS WITHOUT GROG... OR DID WE?....
I HOPE YOU HAVE READ MY STORY SO FAR.

NOW, BACK IN KAKADU.... COULD OUR FANTASTIC ADVENTURE GET
ANY BETTER?..

YES! :)

WHAT TO DO IN KAKADU? PLENTY.

EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT DRIVING TO THE TOP END OF AUSTRALIA.....
THERE ARE PLENTY OF THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN KAKADU.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW...

Kakadu Map showing places to visit

Kakadu Map showing places to visit

ANBANGBANG AND NOURLANGIE ROCK

THIS AREA IS STEEPED IN ABORIGINAL HISTORY AND ROCK ART.
THE WALK IS EASY AND NOT LONG. ON THE WAY ARE SIGNS THAT
EXPLAIN ABORIGINAL DREAMTIME STORIES AND THE MEANING
BEHIND THEM. I FOUND IT VERY INTERESTING AND RECOMMEND
THIS WALK.

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MARDUGAL CAMPGROUND

ZIG HAD BOOKED US ON THE YELLOW WATERS CRUISE SO HE CHOSE A
CAMP SITE CLOSE BY ON THE BANKS OF THE YELLOW WATER BILLABONG.
MARDUGAL CAMPGROUND WAS A NICE SHADY SPOT WITH SHOWER AND
TOILET FACILITIES.

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Howie with 4 day growth

Howie with 4 day growth

My turn on washing up duty

My turn on washing up duty

YELLOW WATER CRUISE

I'M NOT SURE IF IT WAS BECAUSE WE ARRIVED LATE.... BUT IT WAS TOTALLY
DARK WHEN WE BOARDED THE CRUISE BOAT. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER
TO HAVE HAD A BIT OF LIGHT AND THEN EXPERIENCE SUNSET ON THE BOAT.

THE FUN THING IS THAT THIS CRUISE IS RUN BY A LOCAL ABORIGINAL FAMILY.
THE LITTLE GIRL STOLE THE SHOW WITH HER SINGING AND EAGERNESS TO
HELP OUT.

DURING THE CRUISE THEY HAD A SPOT LIGHT LOOKING FOR CROCS. I DIDN'T
SEE ANY WHICH WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTING. IT WAS NICE STILL THE SAME
THAT ZIG ORGANISED IT.

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ANIMAL TRACKS SAFARI WITH PATSY

THIS WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF KAKADU AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE
EVERYONE TO DO THIS TOUR. PATSY IS ZIG'S ABORIGINAL SISTER
AND SHE WAS AMAZING! PATSY SHOWED US HOW TO HUNT FOR
BUSH TUCKER. I HAD MY FIRST TASTE OF WITCHETTY GRUB WHICH
I THOUGHT TASTED A BIT LIKE PISTACHIO NUT. NO THE GRUB
WASN'T ALIVE.... BUT PATSY COOKED IT. HOWEVER WE DID GET TO
TASTLE A LIVE ANIMAL..... GREEN ANTS. YEP! PATSY GOT THEM
OUT OF A TREE AND SMASHED THEM IN HER HANDS BUT WHEN I
TASTED THEM.... SOME WERE STILL KICKING. ACTUALLY THEY
TASTED GOOD - LEMONY. GREEN ANTS ARE USED TO RELEIVE
HEADACHES.

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PATSY SHOWED US HOW SHE WEAVES BASKETS AND ZIG HAD A
COUPLE OF SNAKES IN BAGS THAT HE PULLED OUT AND
SHOWED US.

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PATSY THEN SHOWED US HOW TO START A FIRE WITH STICKS.
ZIG AND BOB TOOK OVER AND FINALLY AFTER A LOT OF MUSCLE
POWER.... GOT THE FIRE STARTED. THAT WAS REAL FUN TO WATCH :)

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THEN AFTER, PATSY AND HER HELPER COOKED US BARRAMUNDI
IN FIRE COALS UNDERGROUND, DAMPER AND BUSH JAM ETC.

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AND ON TOP OF ALL OF THIS.... WE WATCHED A STUNNING SUNSET
OVER THE FLAT SAVANNAH TYPE LAND. THAT WAS SO MAGICAL!! :)

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JARRANGBARNMI - KOOLPIN GORGE

WE STAYED THE NIGHT AT ZIG'S RANGER HOUSE IN COOINDA SO WE LEFT
THE TRAYLERS THERE AND HEADED TO JARRANGBARNMI.

JARRANGBARNMI, ALSO KNOWN AS KOOLPIN GORGE IS LOCATED ON THE
SOUTH/EASTERN PART OF KAKADU. IT IS A WORLD HERITAGE SITE AND AS
SUCH, YOU NEED A PERMIT TO GET INTO THE GORGE. IT JUST TO HAPPENS
THAT ZIG IS A RANGE AND HAD A KEY ON HIM :)

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THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN. THE BANKS OF THE RIVER WERE SANDY AND THE
RIVER WAS SO PRETTY. ZIG SHOWED US THE BIG CROC TRAPS THEY HAVE
HERE. WHEN A CROC IS CAUGHT, THEY LOCATE IT ELSEWHERE. I DON'T
THINK I WOULD GO HERE ALONE WITHOUT SOMEONE THAT KNEW HOW TO
SPOT IF A CROC WAS AROUND.

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ZIG TOOK US IN THE LITTLE BOAT HERE UP THE RIVER WHERE WE CLIMBED
SOME ROCKS TO A BILLABONG WHERE ZIG SAID IT WAS CROC SAFE....
HE EXPLAINED THAT IT IS TOO HIGH FOR CROCODILES TO GET TO.

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THEN AFTER ZIG SHOWED US THE DIRECTION OF THE WAY OUT AND WE
WENT FOR A WILD BUSH WALK WHILST ZIG TOOK THE BOAT BACK TO ONE
OF THE TROUPIES AND DROVE UP THE ROAD TO GET US ALL.

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GUNLOM WATERFALL

THIS WAS ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT FOR ME. I LOVE PAPERBARK TREES.
THE DIFFERENT COLOURS OF BARK HAVE A BEAUTIFUL ARTISTIC LOOK.
COUPLED WITH WHITE SANDY PATHS, THIS WAS SO PRETTY :)

ZIG EXPLAINED THAT THE FLOATING WHITE CORK BALLS WERE THERE
AS A CROC TRAP. THEY ARE CHECKED EVERY DAY AND IF THERE ARE
BITE MARKS, THEN THE RANGERS KNOW THAT THERE IS A CROC HERE.

ZIG EXPLAINED THAT THERE WERE NO CROCS AROUND TODAY.
HOWIE WENT IN FOR A SWIM...... THE REST OF US WERE NOT SO GAME.

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~~oOo~~

NEXT, AND FINAL PART OF OUR BIG SURVIVOR TRIP.....
PINE CREEK, AN OLD MINING TOWN AND AN OUTBACK PUB
IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

This featured blog entry was written by aussirose from the blog 2008 Darwin, Kakadu, Arnhem Land.
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