Friday 29 June 2012

Oz Trip - Day 59

Day 59 – 29/6/2012 – Yellow Water Cruise

The earliest start yet! We were up at 5:30am to make the 6:45 cruise. We had to catch the shuttle bus at 6:25am so that only left 25 minutes to fit in the full buffet breakfast that was included in the cruise! But I did it. I managed to fit two full courses of bacon, eggs, hash browns and croissants in :-)

The sunrise cruise was absolutely fantastic. Seeing the wildlife in the wetlands as the sun was rising up was amazing. We saw all sorts of birds and a few crocs as well. I will let the pictures do the talking.

Early start at the Jetty

The Sun Rise

The Wet Lands

I can see you!

The audience watching us go past

The type of boat that we were on
The cruise finished at 8:45 and we were back at the resort just after 9am. We had to check out by 10am so luckily it was a quick packup.

Once checked out we parked in the carpark and went back to the resort to catch up with Jodies parents and to provide a bit of nomad IT support over smoko.

After smoko we hit the road for our final Kakadu destination, the Meryl camp ground which we reached just before lunch. We found an excellent site to setup on which was good for the solar panels. It always seems to be the case, that the best sites for solar panels are either in powered sites or in the camping areas where they allow people to use generators. Our site was in the generator area. Luckily there was a fair bit of space between the sites and the one generator that we did hear running didn't run after dark.

After lunch we went to Ubirr Rock to see the rock art and also the look out over the Kakadu wetlands and Arnhem land escarpment. Again I will let the pictures do the talking. Both were fantastic.

The Intrepid Adventurer.  There is no holding her back!

Looking out to Arnhem land

On the way back to camp we visited the boarder store and also Cahills Crossing which is the way into Arnhem land. Arnhem land is about 5 times larger than Kakadu. You also need a special permit to enter it.

Who said you need a 4WD.  Go the Daewoo

And just to finish off a massive day, that night we attended another national parks ranger talk on crocodiles.

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