DAY TWO: 4 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA
As you might have seen here, I recently travelled to the Northern Territory with STA Travel and Tourism Australia encouraging young Australians to explore their own backyard – Australia. Find out what I got up to on Day Two, including four things to see and do in the Northern Territory. I hope you enjoy! DAY TWO
Mary River Cruise Just 110km east of Darwin, Mary River is one of eight rivers in the Top End of the Northern Territory. With large floodplains, catchments and wetlands, the Mary River is home to a vast variety of wildlife – in particular salt water and fresh water crocodiles. Just before sunrise we left our camp at Point Stuart and made our way to Mary River. From here we jumped on a large boat and went on a river cruise for two hours. Here e saw lagoons, canals and billabongs, as well as lots of birdlife and huge, and I mean huge, crocodiles.
Kakadu National Park The Kakadu has long been on my bucket list. Following the cruise on the Mary River, we made our way over to Kakadu, of which it’s proper name is Gagudju. Here we drove over to the main Visitors Centre to find out which parts of the park were open to the public. The park is mostly closed off during the wet season due to inaccessible roads and abundance of crocodiles, and as we were just starting the dry season, quite a fare bit of the park was closed. With plans of visiting Urbirr on sunset, we made our way through the park to settle in at our new campsite Jabiru Kakadu Lodge.
Jabiru Kakadu Lodge I love camping. I can completely rough it and I can ‘glamp’ it. However whenever I go to a new camping site I am constantly impressed. Jabiru Kakadu Lodge has it all – first class tents already set up with beds and lighting, spaces for people with tents, caravans and campervans, a swimming pool with bar and café, kitchen, bathroom and shower facilities and lots more! We relaxed here for a couple of hours before setting off again in the mini bus for an afternoon of Aboriginal rock art and sunset gazing.
Ubirr Urbirr is within the East Alligator region of Kakadu National Park and is well known for its historic Aboriginal rock art. Arriving at Urbirr, we filled up our water bottles and were guided through the rocky terrain and shown many pieces of traditional art – including one of the first known rock art depicting the ‘white fella’. After encountering a three metre long snake, I left our tour group who were busy having a look at the snak and followed our guide very, very fast up the rocky escarpment. Not long I was rewarded with one of the most pristine and otherworldly views I’ve encountered in my life. Directly west looking into the sun setting, the top of Ubirr overlooks the Aboriginal sacred site of Arnhem Land. Behind me and to the east was Kakadu National Park. Surrounding me, the view looked like I was in the middle of Africa. No words can describe the magnificence of this view and I urge everyone to make sure they visit this intensely beautiful spot. I was, in its largest form, having the ultimate #naturefroth.