19th June, 2012
the morning we first cleaned our camper. After we started to drive
towards Darwin. We wanted to go to several Billabongs, but
unfortunately the hiking tracks were closed. At Fogg Dam we had more
luck and made two walks through the Nature Reserve. We got
accompanied by some butterflies and birds. After we ate our last food
Konrad wanted to cross the dam to a bird observation tower. It was
noon and I thought this is a bad idea as it was very hot in the sun.
We then crossed the dam with the camper and saw, that it was closed
for walking due to crocodiles. But we still managed to enjoy the many
water birds from the observation platform.
Darwin we went back to Apollo to ask where there is a car wash
nearby. They explained us we only need to wash it if it is very
dirty. As this was not the case, everything went very fast.
kind taxi driver drove us to the airport. At 35 °C we entered the
airplane and at cool 4 °C we left it in Melbourne. We booked in the
same motel when we arrived and thus we fast were again in the warm.
18th June, 2012
we got up a bit before 6am as we made a boat trip on the Yellow
Water. Shortly after the start the welcomed the sun and could see how
the nature was slowly getting awake. We saw countless birds and could
watch their morning activities. Our guide told us that we may not see
crocodiles. The cool temperature makes them stay in the water and so
they are difficult to see. But we were lucky and saw five crocodiles.
A big male was laying already at the shore and warmed himself up. Our
guide could even point out three tree snakes which were very
difficult to see. It was a very beautiful morning tour and we enjoyed
a big breakfast at the lodge we drove to the Warradjan Aborginal
Culture Center. Here we could read a lot over the Aborginals and
learn how their life is looking like.
we drove to the Old Jim Jim Road, a 100 km long gravel road. We were
driving towards Darwin as we encountered a big puddle. Due to the
dirty water we could not see how deep it was. I did not feel well
about it, then I did not like to get stuck here and to wait until
maybe another car passes. We could not walk into it to check the
depth (crocodiles?). So we turned and made a detour of 100 km on the
highway to Bark Hut. There we stayed overnight. Twice we drove
through thick smoke, also here the underwood got burnt down. At one
fire there were many birds on the road. This morning we learned that
they follow the fire to hunt escaping animals.
Bark Hut we got the hint to make a short walk to see a nice sunset.
So we enjoyed our last sunset at the Top End.
17th June, 2012
the night we experienced different noises. First our fire alarm
started to beep and only calmed down after we removed the batteries.
We guess it was the cold smoke from the fireplaces. Then there was
the howling of the dingos and at the end the birds whistling their
just started to drive when a few wallabies jumped over the road. A
bit further a dingo crossed the road. At Yurmilkmik we started to
hike to a viewpoint. We just start as Konrad spotted moving rocks. At
a second look they were wild pigs. Some of their ancestors must have
we crossed a suspension bridge and hiked through dry grass to the
view point. Here again we had a wonderful view over the National
I got induced to walk another few kilometers to the Motor Car Falls.
A wide path led nearly to the falls, only the last few meters we had
to climb over rocks. The effort was worth it as we got to a waterfall
with a relaxing ambiance.
at the camper we continued driving to Bukbukluk and a short walk
allowed for another view over the park.
we drove to the Gagudju Lodge in Cooinda. On the way we saw at times
the flames blazing in the grass to clean the country.
a break we drove to Nourlangie. A walkabout passed different places
with rock art. Then we walked up the nearby Nawurlnadja and enjoyed
the view to Nourlangie. As the sun was about to set we drove slowly
back to the camping site. On the way we saw a wallaby crossing the
road. In the restaurant of the lodge we enjoyed a nice dinner. Our
stock of food is going low and as we are soon flying back we did not
16th June, 2012
made our first stop in Batchelor to shop. We could not send the
postcards as the post office is only open in the afternoon. We
continued to Hayes Creek. Here we got rid of the postcards and
strolled through the small market. There were a few stands were
everything from honey to clothes was sold.
Pine Creek we made a refuel stop. After we went without further stop
back to the Kakadu National Park. 35 km of gravel road and two places
with water we had to pass to get to the camping site of Gunlom.
Arrived there we explored a bit the area. We wanted to do a small
hike to the river, but there was too much water on the path and we
were only allowed to walk to a billabong. Back a the site we went to
the falls. In the pool below a few people were swimming, even if the
risk of saltwater crocodiles was not eliminated. A warning sign state
also that here live freshwater crocodiles. But these are not
dangerous for humans. We decided first to hike up to the plateau at
the top of the falls. After a steep climb a nice pool and a wonderful
view over the Kakadu National Park welcomed us. I jumped into the
water as it was quite warm. Later Konrad also followed. At the water
we could also watch how small frogs were playing. With still wet
clothes we descended. After we walked again to the waterhole in the
hope to see wallabies there. Unfortunately we did not meet any.
15th June, 2012
journey went back to the Wangi Falls. Here we hiked around the
waterfall and enjoyed the view. But for a refreshing bath it was
still too early for us and thus we decided to continue. Tolmer Falls
we watched from above from a viewing platform as they were very high.
we went to the Tabletop Swamp. Here a short hike lead to a small pond
with trees in the water. We did not go too close as there could be
Florence Falls we put on the swimming suits and packed a pick-nick.
We first hiked along a creek to the waterfall basin. We enjoyed a
refreshing bath and I tried to swim to one of the two falls, but the
drift was too strong and I did not reach it. After we had a nice
pick-nick and let us dry by the sun.
last stop was at the termite mounds. On a field there are many mounds
build like a slim wall in north-south direction. Thus they get in the
morning and in the evening the full power of the sun, but not during
noon when it is the hottest. On the other side of the carpark were
other termite mounds of the more common round type. One was much
taller than Konrad.
this experiences we drove to a camping and found there a place for
we saw from time to time some wallabies, but they always jumped away
before I got a picture. In the evening we saw a few grazing in the
pasture just next to the camping.