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Kakadu Round 2 – Gunlom Falls

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 by |

Gunlom Falls

07/08/13

It’s nice to be back in Kakadu and moving forward again.

Kakadu

Kakadu is so different to what we expected. I had in mind that it would be a lush rainforest, which it is definitely not!  Lots of Pandanus palms and eucalypts; a lot of it blackened from the controlled burns at this time of year. Still beautiful though.

Kakadu

Kakadu

We took a shortcut from the Arnhem highway along Old Jim Jim road, which was a reasonable dirt road and even had a creek crossing, which made Cameron happy.  He drove the crossing because I was too chicken to drive across a crocodile river in the middle of nowhere. 🙂 

Kakadu

The drive into Gunlom Falls was then about another 45kms of corrugated dirt road.  The drive in was actually better than we expected and the campground was larger and quieter as well. Really hot though – isn’t it supposed to be winter????

Kakadu

Went down to the bottom rock pool for a late afternoon swim. Beautiful but very cold. 

Gunlom Falls

Gunlom Falls

Gunlom Falls

We met a lovely family from Carindale in Brisbane. The two families ended up having drinks and dessert together. Yes – more camp oven scones.

08/08/13

A bit tired this morning; we were woken up by brumbies wandering near the tent during the night. Spent the morning climbing up to Gunlom Falls. Magic spot but a little crowded as there was a tour group up there.

Gunlom Falls

Gunlom Falls

We were a little disappointed that it was so busy. Couple that with a poor night’s sleep and there was some crankiness going on within our family. 🙁  We had a swim then climbed to the top waterholes. They were also very beautiful, but crowded. Climbed back to the infinity pool just as the tour group was leaving, so we finally got some nice photos. Hooray!!

Gunlom Falls

Gunlom Falls

Gunlom Falls

The crankiness continued as we started climbing back down the steep and winding track back to camp.  They ended abruptly when Liam slipped and almost fell off the mountain. Very upsetting for the whole family.  Cameron ended up piggy backing Liam, minus one toenail, down the mountain. A very lucky escape!

Gunlom Falls

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