The Merchants Of OZ!
Arrived at Kakadu Tueday 11th and stayed in for a few days at Gagadju Lodge, Cooinda. Wednesday 12th - We did a sunrise cruise on Yellow Waters on our first morning and we saw lots of crocodiles as well as many types of birdlife. After the cruise we took a drive out to Jim Jim Falls. It was a long walk with really big rocks (boulders) that needed to be climbed over towards the end of the walk but it is well worth it at the end of the walk. Athough at this time of year there is no water running over the falls, the scenery and the expanse of the waterfall area and swimming hole is awesome. This is one of only a few places you can swim at in Kakadu. The water was refreshing and cool and we saw a large Lace Monitor swimming in the water and resting n the rocks to get warm. We met a family who are staying only two doors down fromus at Cooinda. Brad and Jenny have three boys - Darcy, Archer and Levi who Gracie enjoys playing with, running around collecting skinks and other bugs. Thursday 13th - Today we drove up to Ubirr to go on yet another walk, much to Gracie's disapproval, and to see some rock art. The art is very old and rocks have fallen down and the Aborigines believe that spirits painted the art that is now inaccessible. At the top of Ubirr lookout, we bumped into Tim, Kellie and Lochie who we had met at Edith Falls. We went down to Cahill Crossing with them for our picnic lunch. This crossing is a weir that leads into Arnhem Land. Gracie and Steve drove over the water and back again. We went back to Cooinda to have a swim and had pizza with Tim, Kellie and Lochie. Friday 14th - We relaxed by the pool this morning and did some school work. This evening we went on a sunset cruise on Yellow Waters. (They had a deal of a second cruise much cheaper). We saw even more crocodiles and more birds. Yellow Waters has five of the smallest kingfishers and we saw three of them on this cruise.