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New Year in Kakadu 2005

This trip was in Nitmiluk instead of Kakadu this year. See why below. 17 Mile Falls

Every photo on this page was taken during the wet season, December to April. Many were taken on that first trip in February 1984.

We begin with a boat ride across the Katherine River followed by a short walk to the northern Rockhole. The two pictures below show a sunset view of the falls and one of our campsites.

Rockhole Falls, February Rockhole Camp, wet season
Biddlecombe Swim Unnamed Falls near Biddlecombe

From the Rockhole, it's a relatively short walk to Biddlecombe Cascades, another of the many waterfalls along the way.

Unnamed Falls near Biddlecombe

If time and weather permit, we may do a day walk without packs down Biddlecombe Gorge and up past the falls shown at right. This is one of several falls which are located near but not on the Jatbula Trail.

Photo stop Another unnamed waterfall

At the left are two views of another unnamed waterfall. The photographer at far left is standing on the cliffs in the far right of the second photo

Crystal Gorge from the bottom Crystal Falls and Gorge Crystal Falls sunset

Not far past the waterfall above, we come to Crystal Falls and gorge. The three photos here show three very different views.

Creek cossing near Crystal

Crossing creeks means getting your feet wet. Sometimes you can wade as in the photo at left. Sometimes you have to swim. The best crossing points are not always on the trail. We know where the best crossings are and know when they are safe.

Amphitheatre art Amphitheatre Falls

The best rock art on the walk is found at the Amphitheatre. At right is a photo of one of the paintings and another of the falls which flow only during the Wet.

17 Mile Falls after the storm Another view of 17 Mile Falls

The next major landmark after the Amphitheatre is 17 Mile Falls. These are two views of the falls taken not long after the one at the top of this page.

17 Mile Creek above the falls

The Jatbula Trail goes straight across the top of the falls, not a safe crossing during the Wet. Depending on water levels, we may wade across upstream at the pool shown at left or we may swim across at a deep pool still further up where the water flows more slowly because of the depth.

Channels waterhole

The next section of the trail is the driest, no water at all for most of the year and only small creeks during the Wet. We return to water when we reach the Edith River near the Channels Waterhole shown at right.

Channels waterhole Swamp bloodwood

Even the relatively dry country has it's points of interest. The wildflowers are at their best at this time of year. The photos here show a grevillea and a swamp bloodwood.

Stow tributary falls

Once we reach the Edith River, we have a choice, either we continue to follow the trail down to Edith Falls or we do a side trip to a wonderful system of waterfalls on nearby Stow Creek. The photo at right shows a small falls on a Stow tributary. As with many of the waterfalls shown on this page, it dries up when the wet season finishes.

Top Falls, Stow Creek Centre Falls, Stow Creek

The two photos at left show the top and centre falls at Stow Creek. There is a third major waterfalls and a couple of minor drops all in the space of half a kilometre.

Edith River above Long Pool Upper Edith Falls

Back on the Edith River, the area between the Channels Waterhole and Edith Falls is fairly flat and easy going as shown in the photo at left. Edith Falls itself is rather more spectacular. The second photo shows the first drop.

This is a very special trip.. For more information and to find out what makes it so special, click the trip notes link below.

Kakadu New Year detailed trip notes.

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