Day 6: After exploring Litchfield, we got on the road again and went in the direction of Kakadu. Along the way we stopped at a Didgeridoo shop to check some out. It was really cool getting to try out each one, but the best part was seeing the baby wallaby the owner was raising! (See picture of the wallaby at the bottom of the page) After that, we continued to the outer edge of the park where we set up camp and make dinner.
Day 7: Today, on the way to Kakadu, we went to Shady Camp River, Here, we were told had the most crocs in the Northern Territory! I expected the place to be crawling with crocs, but unfortunately it wasn’t. We only saw 10 crocs the whole time, which makes me really appreciate Florida where you can go almost anywhere and see tons of alligators. After, checking out the river, we continued on to Kakadu. We reached the entrance of Kakadu, but we still had about 130 kilometers to go before we reached our destination of Jabiru. Jabiru is the only town in the park and not at all what I expected. It had a grocery store and hotel, which was in the shape of a croc. I thought this country was all wild land; I was a little disappointed to find it was not. However, it did give us a chance to get some supplies and food before we made camp for the night.
Day 8: In the North of Kakadu near the Aboriginal lands to the east is the Stone Country that shelters some of the world’s oldest art. Paintings here are dated to over 10,000 years and people have been living in the area for nearly 23,000 years. This is my favorite part of the park. As you stand up on the rocky escarpment, you can see all the flood-plains, billabongs, forests, and other outcroppings for miles around. Being here gives you a feeling that is hard to explain, one that is only found when you find a place of complete natural beauty. Later that night, Zach and I go to look for crocs and snakes by the billabong – unfortunately we are unsuccessful.
Day 9: Today we went to Yellow Water billabong, an area reported to also have a lot of crocs. On the way to the billabong we stop at another rocky area to hike up to the top and look out over the land. Again, it is a sight that is hard to compare to anything else. Once in the car, we finish the drive to Yellow water and stop of to look for crocs. We see several, which is awesome! Then, we go to our campsite put up our tents, and make dinner. Like usual, we stay out at night and look at the beautiful stars, which shine brighter here than anywhere I have ever seen. We have a great view of the Southern Cross and The Milky Way.