Kakadu (18.07.2012): We have travelled 300km from Litchfield Park to Kakadu. We made some stops on the way, firstly at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and next at Window on the Wetlands. At both places we were able to check out the Adelaide River Wetlands and the wildlife contained within. Some of the birds are exquisite. I saw my first kangaroo too (though it may have been a Wallaby, I am not certain).
There are signs about crocodile dangers everywhere. We were not allowed to walk over the dam due to a saltwater crocodile being present. There are birds of prey everywhere. They feed on the dead kangaroos on the road making for a frequent driving hazard. We will definitely not be driving in the dark. There are no lights and so much road kill.
We arrived at Kakadu at around midday heading first of all to Mamukala for a nice walk around the supposed wetlands which were in fact very dry. We have seen so many bush fires already. We managed to catch another kangaroo but still haven't seen any crocs despite all the signs!
Kakadu is huge. We will barely touch on it with only 2 days here so having to really pick and choose what we see. The park is a World Heritage Site in which aboriginal people have lived for over 50,000 years. Unfortunately, you need a 4WD to see a lot of the park but we have still been able to take in some great sites without voiding the terms of our campervan agreement.
Towards the afternoon we headed to Ubirr, a huge collection of rocks, containing many examples of rock art. We climbed to the top and waited for what would be a wonderful sunset over the surrounding park - although the parrots made it extremely noisy! We left just before the sun fully set to ensure we could make it to our campsite at Merl (just next door) before it got dark.
The campsite was one of the few in the park that have showers so we thought we best use them while we can as there will be many days where I am sure we will be unable to shower. I have baby wipes on hand! Adam had a traumatic experience. First of all he tried to go to the toilet but there was a snake there, then he headed for a shower which was full of huge spiders and part way through a giant toad joined him. I have decided to wait for the morning!