Last domestic flight before the big one home, how has this come around so fast! But not trying to dwell too much on that fact and enjoy our final week. We arrived into Darwin and headed into the outback towards Jabiru where we spent two nights, three days walking, crocodile hunting, and generally in awe of this amazing landscape. When I think of Australia, this is what I picture!
^^ Beautiful sunny Darwin ^^
^^ Termite mounds ^^
We drove down the Arnhem highway which is basically one long long long road which takes you into the Kakadu National Park. Like I mentioned above, the landscape here is so different from what we have seen in Australia before, and we absolutely loved it.
It was rather eerie at one point as we started to drive towards a cloud of smoke and what looked like fire. I’ve heard about how they burn back the bush land to prevent larger fires in the dry season, but I hadn’t expected it to be so close to the road and so unsupervised. We were assured when we spoke to our tour guide the next day that it was perfectly normal and the fires put themselves out eventually without spreading too far.
Arrived into Jabiru where we were staying in these cute little bungalows. From my experience in a see-through bedroom, I was expecting to be on high alert for rustling of leaves and to sleep with one eye open. However this time I felt so much more relaxed and at ease with the openness (the walls in this place were a lot stronger than the flimsy mesh before), and I actually slept pretty peacefully.
Day 1 in the Kakadu National Park we decided to do a whole days tour with Spirit of Kakadu Adventure Tours which involved being taken into the bush for miles on these red track roads to Twin Falls where we had a short boat ride and walk to the waterfall where we spotted a fresh water crocodile and took in the amazing views of the surrounding cliffs.
^^ The amazing Green Tree Ants and their nest ^^
^^ Crossing the river ^^
^^ It was so interesting to learn about the history of the area and how the aboriginal people lived on the land ^^
^^ The stunning Twin Falls ^^
^^ Beware of the crocs ^^
Following lunch we headed further into the bush towards Jim Jim Falls where after a fairly lengthy scramble hopping across these huge rocks, we made it to a very inviting plunge pool and waterfall. At first I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to swim across the lake all the way to the waterfall as the water looked so dark and cold, plus those crocodile warning signs kept reappearing in my mind (don’t worry mum apparently the crocodiles find the water too cold so aren’t likely to venture into this pool). However once we made the plunge we just kept swimming and found ourselves across the other side sitting on a ledge underneath the waterfall. It was so beautiful and such a pinch me moment that I will never forget. It really makes you feel lucky to be able to travel to these amazing places.
^^ Eyeing up the cold water ^^
^^ Reflections on the return walk ^^