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Kakadu National Park

 

World Heritage listed Kakadoo National Park is one of Australia's most prized cultural and ecological treasures.   The 20,000sq kms is 250kms south of Darwin.

The name Kakadu is from the Gagudju speaking people.  The shelters, stone tools, grindstones and ochre indicate that the Aboriginal people have lived in the vicinity now defined by the national park for over 50,000 years.

 

Jabiru

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After what seemed a long drive south we arrived at the National Park

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Laurie orientates himself (it's 36C and he's trying to look cool)

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Our hotel the Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn is shaped in the form of a crocodile

 

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Stunning trees

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Gene Bear joins Laurie at the visitors centre

 

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..with all these wonders to see, we head for the pool!

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...it really is sooo hot!
(nice knees!)

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...but coool in the pool

Ubirr

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Ubirr has many fine examples of Aboriginal rock paintings with sweeping panoramic views over the surrounding Kakadu wetlands.

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Rock art
(it is a bit of an acquired taste)

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the Rainbow Serpent

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As the late afternoon sun started to wane we had the opportunity to see the sunset over the wetlands

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Laurie waits patiently for the sun to set

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he got so excited he lost his head!

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the sunset wasn't that fantastic, but we enjoyed the tranquillity of the moment.  There were about 20 people watching with us.  The record according to the ranger is 500!!

Nourlangie Rock

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On our second day in the park we travelled to Nourlangie to see the ancient Aboriginal shelter, several outstanding displays  of rock art (zzz!) and some impressive views over the Kakadoo Escarpment and Nourlangie Rock

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he'll wear it out!

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This was really good fun.  The loose looking ground isn't loose at all it's fused pebbles in lava.

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it's a real moonscape

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Kairen stays cool

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the fire to the right of the rock is a constant part of the park.  A third of Kakadu is purposely burnt each year to promote growth and kill the dominant grasses.

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the billabong was fairly dry, lucky really given the number of 'beware of the crocodiles' signs

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More rock art

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...more rock art...ooh!!

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view from the Gunwarddehwardde Lookout

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