Rock Art and rocky roads
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23Trip End Mar 08, 2013
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It is a real wilderness here though it’s easy to forget because of the excellent roads and tourist spots dotted around. We left Jabiru and went up to Ubirr to see Rock art and the surrounds. Just a few miles from Jabiru, but another world. Because of its National Park and Indigenous ownership there are no dwellings or communities, just turn offs to visitor sites and at the moment
it’s really quiet so in some places we have been there on our own. We have been staying in the NT campsites which are much cheaper than the commercial ones (there aren’t many of those so they tend to be busier) and we have chosen the ‘intermediate’ sites with showers and proper loos. The showers are solar powered and work well. The sites have water though not always suitable to drink. These sites have been peaceful and quiet – half a dozen vehicles last night, a dozen tonight
We enjoyed the Rock Art interpretation from the Rangers – they told us the stories around the art, but only the children’s versions as the stories are progressive and a rite of passage for family members, not for the general public. There’s a lot of rock art in this area but non indigenous people are not allowed to visit the vast majority.
It’s been very hot – apparently Darwin area is unseasonably hot. We have been early risers, up with the sun and out for a walk, back 10.30ish for a shower.
We couldn’t get to Jim Jim Falls – it’s designated a 4WD road, preferably with snorkels, though I know in the past the Park have not been so strict with the rules!! There was a commercial trip but cost way out of our league……… so we decided to go to Gunlom Waterfall – designated 2WD. Hmmmm……. It took us 11/2 hours to drive 37 Km, sometimes at walking pace – with the van rattling and shaking. The 4x4s came steaming past us (some towing off road caravans) and cars too
decision, and under normal circumstances a wise one. Anyway, the falls and lagoons were absolutely stunning . We slept out in the swag (tent with no fly sheet) , looking at the stars and hearing, in John’s case, unidentified creatures shuffling past in the middle of the night. Up early and walked to the top of the waterfall to find a series of rock pools and mini waterfalls. When we got back we had a swim in the lagoon. Bastards!
(Excuse language – some friends will understand :>) )
And out of Kakadu ………………………….