We have spent 4 nights in Kakadu and have fallen in love with the place, it's exquisite! Our first expedition was to Jim Jim Falls which took a bit of getting to but was well worth the effort. It was amazing and to me it didn't look real at all, more like a scene from a movie. That evening we went on an afternoon/sunset cruise on Yellow Waters Billabong. We saw so much stunning wildlife and plenty of crocs! One even gave us a show, jumping out of the water at the side of the boat right next to me, giving us all a fright! Here we also got to feel Kakadu. Although the billabong was bursting with life it was also peaceful and serene, and the beauty breathtaking. It was magical; feeling the warm air on your skin, hearing the birds calling, the water lapping, the summery scent of water and grass, watching the sky turn bright pink at sunset. We didn't want it to end.
The next day we spent exploring the north end of Kakadu. We had a look around Jabiru, the only township in Kakadu national park, a tidy and pretty spot. It boasts a hotel shaped like a crocodile which can be seen from the air (Google Earth it!). Ben threw a lure around at Cahills crossing, a river crossing and the border into Arnhem Land, but didn't catch anything. We then went for a walk around Ubirr, a place of a number ancient aboriginal art sites, they were extraordinary. After climbing one of the rocks to a lookout we were again moved by the spirit of this incredible place.
Yesterday we drove out to another aboriginal art site which was also the location of an ancient shelter. There was an enormous rock ledge creating a huge roof and a large space underneath for families to live in. On some of the rocks in the middle of the 'room' there were a number of holes where the women would have ground seeds etc. Again, the art sites were amazing. We had lunch beside a nearby billabong which was beautiful and peaceful, keeping our eyes out for crocs!
Today we are on the move again, heading north, possibly to Shady Camp on the Mary River or somewhere close by.