Monday, July 19, 2010

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

After our visit to The Red Centre, my friend Nikki and I headed to Darwin for the next part of our holiday adventure.  After filling up on lovely coffee and brekkie at a popular Darwin cafe, we picked up our hire car and headed to Kakadu National Park.  The name "Kakadu" comes from an Aboriginal floodplain language called "Gagudju", and generations of Aboriginal people have lived on and cared for the land for tens of thousands of years.  Their spiritual connection with the land is globally recognised in Kakadu's World Heritage Listing. In fact, Kakadu is one of the few places listed for both its cultural and natural values. Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres, there is so much to see here, and we only had a few days, so here are some of the highlights.

This Billabong was a short walk from our accomodation, and was a lovely place to go and watch the sun go down.

The Yellow Water cruise we did was really interesting and heaps of fun.  There is so much wildlife to see, lots and lots of different kinds of birds and of course the odd crocodile as well. I think this one is kind of pretty, but that could just be me.

And a trip out to Ubirr is a must.  There is a walk that takes you past some Aboriginal rock art sites and then a moderately steep climb up to the top of a rocky lookout which has the most amazing views over the Nadab floodplain.  The views are really quite incredible, I'm sure my photos don't even begin to do it justice.