The top part of the Northern Territory is a unique place. It’s a complex of ecosystems, including tidal flats, floodplains, lowlands and plateaux that provide a habitat for a wide range of species of rare and special plants and animals.
This and the next few blog posts will cover our visit to this wonderful part of Australia in the Yegge season (as per the aboriginal calendar – May/June in the more regularly used calendar).
We approached our discovery of this area by deciding on a 7 night hire of a motorhome from Darwin and then travelling the triangle that is made up of the points of Jabiru (Arnhem Highway) and Pine Creek (Kakadu Highway), with the add-on of a trip down to Katherine (on the Sturt Highway) before returning to Darwin (taking in Litchfield National Park).
The western border of Kakadu, the NT’s iconic national park, is located only 150kms from Darwin – but don’t rush straight there! We were told (by the folks on the NT stand at the Sydney Caravan and Camping Show) that the wetlands cruise on Corroboree Billabong was a bit special.
And they were so right!
We caught the evening cruise on the billabong, which is part of the Mary River Wetlands, a national park on the western border of Kakadu. The billabong boasts the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world – and I believe it! We saw them on the banks …
… and lurking amongst the lillies.
Sunset is a great time to go – fantastic birdlife (just few examples) …
… and wonderful scenery
And something wonderful on our way back to the dock; we were able to come within 3 metres of a Jabiru (or to give it its official title: Black-Necked Stork).
This magnificent bird stayed with us for nearly 5 minutes, moving up and down the bank; every second was a treasure.
It was dark by the time we were dropped back to the Corroboree Park Tavern. This was one of the benefits of the motorhome – we were able to stay in their caravan park rather than driving an hour and a half to the next closest accommodation house of note, Aurora Kakadu.
So, in terms of experiences the bar was set pretty high even after day one! The next blog post will cover our time in Kakadu National Park itself – more great images to come.
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