The Darwin cup, Litchfield and Kakadu
Trip Start Nov 06, 2006
108Trip End Dec 10, 2010
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Met up with more of Sandra's friends for lunch in a place called Fannie Bay Cool Spot (Yes it's named after a little area called Fannie Bay believe it or not!) After that continued on to the races and settled down with a few beers and a few bets. We only won about 50 dollars over the course of the day which was a great achievement for us and a good excuse to celebrate
The next morning we were all up early to collect our rental car and drive it and Sandra's ute to Litchfield. The rental companies were all out of cars so we ended up with a 1992 Toyota Camry estate which later became affectionately known a "blue steel" by Sandra's housemate Phill from New Zealand who also came with us. Two other girls Nicky and Angie also came along for the day and headed back later that evening. We arrived in Litchfield and went to see the infamous termite mounds before going to Buley Rockhole for a quick dip and then setting up camp near Florence Falls. After setting up the campsite we went to the stunning Florence Falls for a swim. Returning back to the campsite, we lit a fire and Steve cooked up a fine bbq for everyone, he's come a long way from chicken rolls, 5 minute pasta and Budweiser!
The next day we packed up early and made our way to Kakadu National Park. This drive was more enjoyable because everyone wasn't nursing hangovers from the races. We went to the Adelaide River for a "jumping croc cruise" which was a bit touristy but excellent all the same and our first sighting of these impressive reptiles in the wild. The River was full of crocodiles and everyone was told to keep away from the edge of the boat when it was stopped for fear that someone could be dragged into the river. After seeing how high they can jump out of the water, nobody disobeyed this rule!! After the cruise we headed for the remote town of Jabiru to set up camp for the night. We pitched our tents and promptly drove to the sacred aboriginal site at Ubirr near the border of Arnhem land for a hike to see a spectacular sunset and spectacular it was...
The following day we set off for Darwin, doing a Yellow Water Cruise along the way. This was definitely one of the highlights of Kakadu as the surrounding scenery and wildlife was just breathtaking. We saw crocodiles (they're everywhere), eagles, wild horses, jabirus, pelicans and whistling ducks to name but a few.
After the Yellow River cruise we decided to take a dirt road some of the way back to Darwin
The following day we visited Crocodylus Park and got to hold a baby salt water croc, really cute when they're small, not so much when you can fit between their jaws. Apparently a full sized male has the crushing power of approx 3.5 tons between his jaws, scaryyy. We were sad to leave Darwin the next day, saying our goodbyes to everyone but also glad to be going to Alice Springs for the start of our next adventure..............