We did re-visit Jabiru and Cooinda interpretive centres which gave an excellent overview of the traditional life of the aboriginal grous of the region. We also re-visited Yellow Waters Billabong and really enjoyed viewing the birdlife from along the boardwalk. The paperbark trees were also magnificent.
|The 6 seasons of Kakadu|
|A small kingfisher|
|Yellow Waters billabong|
|Paperbarks on Yellow Waters|
|Cruise boats waiting for the crowds at Yellow Waters|
After Yellow Waters we headed for Maguk campground. Unfortunately we reached there too late in the day to go for a swim. It was a nice spot, but due to the rain for 2 nights and the water we had already driven through, we decided to leave early and head for Gunlom Falls.
|The boardwalk to the falls at Maguk|
|The result of a couple of nights of unseasonal rain. This is the road|
Gunlom was a magic spot and we could have stayed longer. It was a wonderful place to swim in the pool at the bottom of the falls. We also met the Sunrise crew who were there to film from the infinity pool at the top of the falls.
|Tropical vegetation at Gunlom|
|Reflections at Gunlom|
|Checking out the Sunrise crew's equipment|
|New growth after burning off|
|What it would like like if it wasn't burnt|
|The contrast is dramatic|
One thing we have noticed is the prevalence of groups of birds of prey, both in towns and in the bush, riding the thermals and also attending to the the road kill.
|The birds are circling|
|Disturbed from their roadkill|
We spent the night in a roadside camp called Sullivan's Camp, along with about 10 other vans. Took a nice shot of relections in the creek, and another of really long grass, much taller than me which is typical of the growth during the wet.
|Reflections at Sullivans camp|
|Typical tall grass of northern Australia|
There are the usual collection of monuments and memorials on the highway. The most significant is the monument to the cattle pioneers of northern Australia.
|Monument to the cattle pioneers|
The biggest natural monument is the massive boab tree known as Gregory's tree, named for the exlorer Charles Gregory who explored the region in 1856.
|Red rocky ranges and a hayfield for contrast|
|The photos don't do the scenery justice.|
We reached Kununurra around the middle of the day, having lost an hour when we crossed the border, as well as losing our much travelled firewood to the border quarantine service.