So glad we went on this trip! We were a little bit hesistant and didn't know what to expect, but I've seen some of the most beautiful things the last few days! This is the first tour of about 8 that we pre booked, and this one was to Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. Heard a lot about Litchfield from Sam and Britt, but not so much about Kakadu so we were both really interested to see what it had to offer. A truck picked us up from Sam's place, with a trailer on the back and a ranger called Barney. He told us a bit about what we would be doing, and first up was Adelaide river, to see some wild crocs in their natural environment! There was 1 croc every 100m, so not advised to swim. Got some amazing photos of them, they were about 2m away from us it was pretty special. Oh and I held a snake!! Well the tail of one.. for anyone that knows me, knows I am completely petrified of them but I was super brave, Jenny didn't even hold it hehehehe.. So after this we had a really long drive to Kakadu. The park is the size of Belgium so very big! Here we saw some rock paintings.. although it was so interesting, the humidity at this point was sooooo high so all I could think about was taking a shower. However I did learn a lot about aboriginee culture, and Barney could answer all questions we had. Here I learnt/learned? that evil people were painted with 4 fingers.
We stayed in a 'tourist park'. It wasn't so much a park, if anyone has seen Wolf Creek, that is what it looked like to me. It was in the middle of nowhere - there was loads of animals and wildlife, and I shared my bunk with spiders and a gecko. To say I was out of my comfort zone is an understatement, but I had such a good time! We had a proper Aussie BBQ , crocodile included. It tastes EXACTLY like chicken, there really is not a lot of difference. That evening the heavens finally opened nging the temperature down quite a bit. It was a huge storm, the lightning lit up the whole sky. It was another surreal moment, eating crocodile in a tropical storm with Jen, a couple of Korean girls, a sweet little Chinese man, a Norweigan and Dutch. And Barney!
The next day promised lots of swimming spots which was more my kind of thing. The photos do not do them justice; we visited 3 beautttiifulll plunge pools around Kakadu. There was a few long walks in between but so worth it. A little snake joined us in the third place, and although I didn't pick it up and pet it, I wasn't as scared as I thought I would be - so maybe I am overcoming my fear a little bit. I can't really write much about this day, just that it was pretty idyllic, and I didn't think it could get much better. However...
Another long drive to Litchfield in the morning. I thought the views and waterfalls at Kakadu were amazing but nope, Litchfield really was something else. Creeks, rock pools, plunge pools with crystal clear fresh water wwoooow. Again, the photos don't do it justice properly, but it was such a nice day with a really different group of people. I wouldn't usually be keen for these kind of things, sleeping alongside wildlife, no makeup and open to the elements but I'm so glad we did it. The parks are so big there is no way you would be able to see them all without a guide, and Barney was ideal!
I know it's kind of brief, but we haven't been getting many chances to write on our blogs, hopefully we will get more chance along the East coast. Now we have a 21 hour bus journey to Alice Springs to look forward to. Fantastic.