Thursday 4th August 2011, Kakadu.
I may have to watch myself today as I feel as though I may start to waffle on. Today was obviously the turning point of the opinions I wish to express about Kakadu. I reckon that all those people that referred to Kakadu as Kaka-don’t obviously didn’t do what, and go where, we did today. We visited the East alligator region, explanation, Kakadu is split up into several visiting areas and given individual names, like yesterday we went to the South Alligator region, named after the river in the area, today was East Alligator, and there are others. Anyway the walk at Ubirr today, and the climb up the rock to the lookout was the turning point of my opinions, as after the introductions we have had over the past week or so it became quite apparent to us today what the attraction is in Kakadu. The lookout at Ubirr gave a spectacular view of the surrounding floodplains, Nadab floodplains, to the north and the sandstone mountains in all other directions. After having a stroll through some rocky outcrops on the way to the lookout and having a look at some rock art, and then the view from the lookout showed us what the scenery is about. Then the information we have gained about the wet season, hence what then happens to the floodplains, gives us a very good impression of what does occur in the different seasons in the far Northern Territory. We are both sure now that we are going to continue to enjoy our entire stay at Kakadu as we are sure there is a lot more to come in other areas.
There was one main complaint today though. We had a look at the camp site at Merl, in the same area, as we had originally thought of stopping there for a couple of days, as we do also expect to do the same at Mardugal in the Yellow Water region. These camp sites offer toilets and showers but no power, then generators are allowed to be used, so this would suit us if we could not get much solar because of trees, and this was the case there. When we got there we found out that the camp ground is divided into two areas, one area is for large groups of people between 10 and 25, and another area for groups of less than 10. The only area generator are allowed to be used is in the large group area, meaning we would not be able to stay for long because we would almost certainly run out of power. The main problem is that there was no indication of this being the case anywhere in any advertising or information we have accessed until we arrived at the camp ground today, and if we had brought the van with us we would either have had to turn around and go elsewhere or run the risk of running out of power, I would have not been a ‘happy chappy’! Now I will have to find out if the same case applies at Mardugal as this will influence our decision to stay there as well.