Kakadu Round 1 – Jabiru
Not again!!!!! 10 kms down the road from Corroboree Park and the rear window is gone again. Not what you would expect on a bitumen highway. After a few choice words, some more McGyvering by Cameron and another call to AAMI we headed back to Corroboree Park to figure out our next move. Very glad we bought a new Telstra phone in Darwin the other day!!!
Turns out it will be 5 days before they can get a rear windscreen to Darwin – I hate the Darwin Cup public holiday. Don’t want to waste 5 days hanging around waiting for a windscreen so we have decided to head onto Jabiru, in Kakadu National park. We can visit some of Kakadu’s easy access sites for a few days.
Checked into the Kakadu Lodge Caravan Park. Really nice park, big with good facilities. The kids love the huge resort pool; we love the bistro & bar right next to the pool. Lol
We’ve been talking to the kids about Crocodile Dundee recently, especially since passing the Walk About Creek Hotel, so we spent a fun evening watching it on the laptop in our annex. Kids liked the movie but thought the ending was bad.
I hadn’t realised how fantastic aboriginal rock art can be. All the cave paintings we’d seen before were either simple handprints or basic pictures of tools such as woomeras. The artwork at Ubirr was very different and much more interesting. There are intricate pictures of fish such as barramundi, turtle and people. Lots of the animal pictures are 3d and used to teach children about the different animals.
The view from the top lookout was amazing! Huge rock escarpments above the wetlands and grass plains; as well as views across Arnhem Land. I have to confess to eavesdropping on one of the bus tour guides talks.
In the afternoon we checked out the Jabiru shop. We loved the wide range of things they sold, everything from clothing to camping equipment, to groceries and souvenirs. I particularly loved all the authentic aboriginal souvenirs made in Indonesia Lol. Back at camp kids had fun swimming in the pool while Cameron & I enjoyed happy hour.
Ended the day watching the movie “Red Dog” on the big screen near the pool. 🙂
The car and camper batteries are not charging properly and the fridge turned off again! Grrrrrr! Think the weather is just too hot and the fridge is having to work really hard. We moved camp 100m across the campground to a powered site so we could plug the fridge in. Fun – not. Have added a battery charger to the shopping list for Darwin. A bit annoying since we already have 2 battery chargers at home.
Went for a walk at Nourlangie this morning. Really great rock art. Liam and I were quite taken with the story and picture of the Lighting Man.
Cameron liked the story about the ancestor/spirit that used to hit women over the head with a yam.
Amy liked the story about the sister who put a feather on top of the mountain.More great escarpment views.
Followed the Nourlangie walk with a walk around Anbangbang billabong and then a walk up to Nawurlandja lookout.