These are a selection of rather older galleries that have not yet been updated, but why miss out on them completely just because they are not
quite as shiny as the new ones?
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Kakadu Light No. 1 Photo Gallery and Report
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The group consisted of myself (Russell) as guide plus Don and Frank from Sydney.
Our tour onto Aboriginal Land took us to a place called Hawk Dreaming. This is next to an Aboriginal living area and is out of bounds to the general public. There was an incredible wealth of Aboriginal art which we are not permitted to show here. There was also a bit of rain, but it didn't last long.
Next came our walk up Baroalba Creek. It wasn't all easy as shown by the first photo, but without packs, it wasn't too hard. The artsites, cascades and swims in the pools more than made up for the relatively hard parts.
Even if we did miss Jim Jim on our flight, we did get good views of Twin Falls as well as some of the lesser known parts of the park. The only way to see these up close is on our Kakadu Super Circle trip in January.
The Wet is not a good time to spot crocodiles, but the Yellow Waters cruise did show us some interesting landscapes as well as a variety of birds. Not many years ago, you wouldn't have seen the lotus lilies as the feral buffalo had almost wiped them out.
After leaving Yellow Waters, we drove to the southern edge of the park where we spent the night at the Mary River Roadhouse. The next day, we did a long walk along along Motorcar and Kurrundie Creeks before driving to the town of Pine Creek for the night. The photo at the right is on Kurrundie Creek. The three below are on Motorcar.
From Pine Creek, we drove to Edith Falls where we did a very wet four hour walk up the river. The photo at the right is of a set of cascades near the upstream end of our walk. The two photos below are different views of upper Edith Falls. This was the first serious rain of the trip but even heavy rain was a pleasure to walk in. After a night in a Katherine motel, we tried to head out to Nitmiluk, only to find that the road had been cut by overnight flooding. The boat wasn't ready, so we spent the morning at the local museum, before heading out when the creek dropped in the afternoon. While we were at the gorge, it poured. The views were spectacular. It continued to rain heavily overnight. Not only was the gorge road cut, but the main road to Darwin was cut as well. However, the short period when the gorge road was open was long enough for the alternative transport to be prepared so we had no problem going out the following day and doing a jet boat cruise up the river. Where there are rapids to walk around in the dry season, there was not a rock to be seen. The next morning, we headed north toward Litchfield Park. En route we saw where the water had covered the lower bridge over the Edith River and the result of a less then sensible local who had ignored a road closed sign at the flooded Cullen River. In Litchfield, we spent the afternoonn visiting a variety of waterfalls and doing a few short walks. Tolmer Falls, shown at right, was one of the most spectacular. The Buley Rockhole to Florence Falls walk was particularly good, both for the absence of other people and for the wildlife we met along the way.
At the end of the trip, Don and Frank wrote a few comments in my comments book. What they wrote follows in its entirety.
"A most interesting programme only slightly curtailed by flooded roads. A dry start to the trip soon became a ‘full on' wet. Russell's efforts to extract maximum from available time in view of weather conditions was very much appreciated."
"Reasonable amount of wildlife spotted - dingo, goanna, etc. Waterfalls aplenty, some of the most magnificent I'd ever seen."
If you think you might be interested in doing this trip, both Don and Frank have said that they are happy to talk to a few potential walkers. Contact us if you'd like to talk to one of them.