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Kakadu National Park (Cooinda & Jabiru)

Kakadu Kakadon't??

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We had heard on bush radio 'Kakadon't' so we didn't know what to expect. People had been telling us that it wasn't worth the round trip of 350 kms just to see it. Apparently the scenery was very ordinary and just travelling past a whole lot of bush. This was true. We had seen and heard so much about Kakadu on TV and seen it in brochures we had to see it. What a disappointment if bush radio was correct. We stayed the first night at a place called Cooinda (Gagadju Resort) where we were planning to take the early morning cruise the next morning on Yellow water. They transfer you to there which is about 3kms away. After that breakfast was also included which is always a winner with me.

The wetlands were amazing. I guess we love birdlife (even if we don't know all the bird names) together with the tranquility and coolness of the early morning. Sunrise had not happened yet which was a blessing because it was really hot around here. Not only that, the crocs were also plentiful which made it more exciting. We also love nature. It's a photographers paradise. I will let the photos do the talking for us.
it was still dark when we left on the early morning cruise

it was still dark when we left on the early morning cruise


the early morning before sunrise

the early morning before sunrise

Yellow water cruise

Yellow water cruise


more beauty

more beauty

early birds!

early birds!

early bird

early bird

azure kingfisher

azure kingfisher

ducks that don't particularly like swimming!

ducks that don't particularly like swimming!

brumbies??

brumbies??

wetlands

wetlands

a local resident in Yellow water

a local resident in Yellow water

mirror images - egrets

mirror images - egrets

Yellow water reflections in the morning

Yellow water reflections in the morning

pandanus palms everywhere

pandanus palms everywhere

lotus lily

lotus lily

lurking in the lillies

lurking in the lillies

fishing for barra

fishing for barra

jabiru x2

jabiru x2

jacana

jacana

wetlands and birds

wetlands and birds

We were also able to enjoy another 2 hours on the wetlands for a sunset cruise for an extra $10. Geoff immediately saw the bargain in this. We were not disappointed. We actually stayed the extra night because of this. The hot weather has come too early so the mossies and midgees were really bad and just about carried us away. Geoff was equally happy to be paying a small fee for a powered site whereas the Lodge people had to pay $300 a night using the same facilities.

The next day after 2 days of swimming in the pool at our resort we left for Jabiru. On the way we called in to Nourlangie rock which shows a lot of Aboriginal rock art paintings. Fascinating and so were the views. At this stage I was sweating big time but it was worth it. Luckily the walk was not a long one and the art work was definitely worth it. Check it out.
in amongst the rockery

in amongst the rockery

scary stuff

scary stuff

Nar-bull-win-bull-win himself

Nar-bull-win-bull-win himself

We then went to Jabiru where we enjoyed another resort style caravan park. Even though both resorts are in a National Park where you would usually get basic facilities, one can enjoy a whole lot more than that when Aboriginal people have part-ownership. We could have done another wetlands cruise but had already done one. Geoff wasn't about to open the purse strings again! This time it was recommended that we see sunset at Ubirr. So we did.
the ochres and the rock formations

the ochres and the rock formations

the climb at Ubirr and the view

the climb at Ubirr and the view

sunset ritual at Ubirr

sunset ritual at Ubirr

wetlands sunset at Ubirr

wetlands sunset at Ubirr

nearly set

nearly set

and then it was over for another day

and then it was over for another day

We were definitely not disappointed with our side trip to Kakadu NP. It was a must see. So we say Kakadu!

Posted by blondnomad 16:25 Archived in Australia

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Great news that you two had the ability to appreciate Kakadu. I've heard conflicting reports. American friends of ours couldn't stop raving about it, but others we know said it was boring. Its either a)the time of year; or b)the sort of person you are. Great pics.. did you take them? You keep mentioning the heat up there. Well its 26deg here now so it must be getting hot up there!! I'm loving your travel stories.

by Jan Corbett

I'm glad you enjoyed Kakadu- I thought it was great and though we never went on the Yellow River cruise we heard it was fabulous. And I remember it being REALLY hot, too!

by Chambry

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