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    Bowali Visitor Centre

    by tiabunna Updated Oct 3, 2008

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    Main and Photo 2 The Bowali Visitor Centre building
    Photo 3 Welcome sign (in English and local Aboriginal language)
    Photo 4 VTers photographing Rosie235 meeting a croc skeleton
    Photo 5 Large mural in Visitor Centre.

    After camping at Malabanjbanjdju Camping Area (accommodation tips), we had only a short drive to the main information centre for Kakadu National Park, the Bowali Visitor Centre. As might be expected, this is a substantial facility. The award winning building blends comfortably into its tropical setting and, as might be hoped, the standard of the displays is excellent, being both informative and interesting. The display centre also houses a library and there are video showings, if your schedule permits sufficient time.

    The displays cover Aboriginal culture, and the history, geography and wildlife of the area. There also is a shop (see shopping tips) and coffee and snacks are available. You would be doing yourself a considerable dis-service if you did not make visiting Bowali one of your first priorities when you visit Kakadu. This also is where you can arrange any camping permits or make any other necessary arrangements.

    Entry to the Bowali Visitor Centre is free. It is open daily from 0800 to 1700.

    Approaching the building from the car park Part of the open plan building Welcome sign VTers watching Rosie235 and very lean crocodile Mural in Visitor Centre
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    Bowali Visitor Centre

    by aussirose Written Jul 7, 2008

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    This should be your first stop when arriving at Jabaru on your visit to Kakadu National Park.
    Bowali Visitor Centre has a wealth of info on places to see and things to do.
    Take an hour or two to stroll around the museum, see a film & visit the lovely gift & coffee shop.

    Bowali Visitor Centre - Kakadu NT, Australia
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    Animal Tracks Safari

    by aussirose Updated Jul 7, 2008

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    Check out my travelogue below. This was a tour to remember!
    Patsy & Rachael really put on a show and we felt very privileged to meet Patsy (one of Zig's wonderful Aboriginal relatives) and spend some time getting to know about bush tucker.
    I highly recommend this tour on your trip to Kakadu National Park.

    Animal Tracks Safari - Kakadu NT Australia
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    Jarrangbarnmi or Koolpin Gorge

    by aussirose Updated Jul 7, 2008

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    I loved our trip to Jarrangbarnmi Billabong!!
    Please see my travelogue below for the full story.
    To access Jarrangbarnmi you will need a permit and obtain the key from the Bowali Visitor Centre. Please click the link below to read all about it.
    Zig assured us that it is safe to swim because the Rangers do croc patrol regularly there.
    Pic donated by kiwi - don't you just love Pam's sense of humour haha :o)

    Jarrangbarnmi Billabong - Kakadu NT
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    Gunlom Waterfall

    by aussirose Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    As you can see there's heaps of things to do in Kakadu.
    This was another wonderful adventure - please see my travelogue below.
    This place was magical and I could have easily spent more time here.
    Please click the link below to read more.

    Gunlom Waterfall - Kakadu NT
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    First, sort out your gear

    by tiabunna Updated Oct 3, 2008

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    Photo 1 Sorting and repacking all the kit
    Photo 2 Aussirose contemplates a dip in Zig’s ornamental pool
    Photo 3 Reviewing our route.

    If you have ever headed away on a remote camping trip, you will know the amount of packing required – tents, bedding, cooking and eating utensils, not to mention chairs, cold food storage, and the remaining food. It also is important to ensure it is packed in the correct order, for example so that tents come out before bedding. Now try multiplying the logistics by twelve, for the number of people on this trip, and with supplies (including bulk fresh water) for nine days!

    Zig lives a short distance outside Darwin, so we made his place our first stop and sorted out our gear there. He also has an ornamental pool and aussirose thought hard about taking a dip – then she saw the sign. LOL This also was a good time to review our route (VTers 1+1 and Gillybob with map) and a last chance to check for any items we’d overlooked.

    There are no photos of the preparatory work, but I really must express huge appreciation for the tremendously detailed work done by Zig (especially) and others in the group to plan and prepare for us to get to this point. From designing the itinerary, contacting and arranging visits, organising vehicles and hire equipment, then finally the menus and food lists. A trip such as this is a major undertaking – full points that they did it so well!

    Sorting and repacking the gear Aussirose thinks of going for a dip Reviewing the route
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    Kakadu Culture Camp

    by tiabunna Updated Jan 9, 2009

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    Main photo Billabong at Kakadu Culture Camp in daylight
    Photo 2 Demonstration of Aboriginal cooking
    Photo 3 Chewed styrene ‘croc testing’ float
    Photo 4 Reflections of croc eyes (in spotlight)
    Photo 5 Daughter of tour operators presents her song..

    Kakadu Culture Camp was our first ‘event’ after leaving Arnhem Land. We camped in a National Park campground for dinner, then joined our hosts and their young daughter. After we were shown how Aboriginals cooked meals in the earth with stones, bark and leaves, we went for a night tour of a billabong by boat, looking for wildlife such as crocodiles. On the boat (quite a reasonable size, certainly large enough to reassure anyone concerned about crocs) we also were given some detail on Aboriginal weaving, and a charming spontaneous song from our guide’s young daughter.

    We saw only one croc, its eyes reflecting in the spotlight. There probably were more, but high water levels allowed them ample opportunity to remain out of sight. They were out there though, as shown by a well-chewed styrene float (these are used as indicators of the presence of crocodiles, which apparently can’t resist a passing bite). We also saw other wildlife, such as a tree full of roosting Bee-eaters (see birds travelogue). It was an interesting tour, but probably would be more exciting later in the season when there is less water to conceal the crocodiles.

    Billabong at Kakadu Culture Camp in daylight Demonstration of Aboriginal cooking Chewed styrene ���croc testing��� float Reflections of croc eyes (in spotlight) Daughter of tour operators presents her song
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    Nourlangie Rock

    by aussirose Updated Jul 7, 2008

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    Aboriginal Art is what everyone likes to see when visiting Kakadu.
    What better way than to visit Nourlangie Rock and go on a small easy bush walk to see the Aboriginal Art at the Anbangbang Gallery.
    Check out my travelogue below.

    Nourlangie Rock Aboriginal Art - Kakadu NT
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    The Bark Hut Inn

    by tiabunna Updated Oct 3, 2008

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    Photo 1 Fuel stop at the Bark Hut Inn
    Photo 2 Interior of Bark Hut, with mounted “trophies”
    Photo 3 Where to find it.

    Gear packed and all in order, we headed east for the Kakadu National Park. Shortly before entering the Park, we stopped for lunch at the Bark Hut Inn. We catered for ourselves, so although there is a restaurant here there’s no restaurant tip. We did have a pleasant cup of coffee though, before driving on further – and were impressed by the large crocodile and buffalo head mounted as trophies above the servery.

    For travellers, The Bark Hut is important as one of the relatively few fuel stops; for its restaurant; because it is licensed (there are few ‘watering holes’ in the National Park); and because it has a camping ground – though we were not stopping on this trip.

    Bark Hut Inn and Caravan Park - fuel stop Bark Hut Inn interior Where you will find the Bark Hut
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    Djarradjin Billabong night cruise

    by aussirose Updated Jul 7, 2008

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    This was another wonderful trip Zig arranged for us.
    Run by a couple of locals who are also Park Rangers, it was nice to see the whole family getting involved here. Jenny's daughter helped show us how to make an Aboriginal camp oven and even sang for us on the cruise.

    Djarradjin Billabong night cruise - Kakadu NT
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    Animal Tracks Safari – the “Real Taste” tour

    by tiabunna Updated Jan 10, 2009

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    Main photo Harvesting water lilies
    Photo 2 Some pandanus palm heart to share
    Photo 3 Fresh witchetty grub
    Photo 4 Green ants – bush tucker on the hoof!
    Photo 5 Our dinner setting..

    This afternoon and evening trip was one of the real highlights of our trip and an experience I’d strongly recommend to everyone visiting Kakadu.

    Our tour was in a 16 seat ‘Troopie’ bus, something like a stretched version of the vehicles we were using ourselves. Rachel, our driver and guide, “knows her onions” when it comes to bush tucker and the areas we were visiting, but the “‘star” of the tour was Patsy, our Aboriginal guide. What she knew, what she could do in the bush, was quite amazing – all with a tolerant smile for we bemused white fellers, who were occasionally given the task of being assistant collectors.

    After a brief stop at Patsy’s residence to feed her ‘pet’ croc, a caged 5 meter monster, we headed “out bush” to collect “bush tucker” (Local Customs tip). First we (well, Patsy while we watched) went collecting lilies. There are two kinds, one edible – but going in the water is hazardous, so the lilies (the stems and flower centres are eaten) were collected from the bank with the forked end of a long pole. Next Patsy took to a small pandanus palm, cutting out the fibrous white heart from it. A few witchetty grubs followed, but they were for ‘later’ as they needed cooking. About this time, we were given sharpened metal rods and instructed on digging for bush carrots, something like tiny beetroot showing as grass above ground. Finally, some ‘snack food’, fresh green ants: the way is to grab a handfull, roll them into a crunchy paste, and eat. As expected, the texture was crunchy, the flavour slightly pepperish with a touch of lemon – but not at all unpleasant.

    With an assortment of bush tucker for our meal, plus a fresh barramundi and some meat Patsy and Rachel had brought along, we headed for our evening meal destination. And another round of experiences! There is just too much to put in this tip or the ‘Local Customs’ tip, so I’ve also added a travelogue.

    The price may sound high($165A for adults, $125A for children 16 and under) but believe me, this tour is excellent value for money.

    Harvesting water lilies Some pandanus palm heart to share Fresh witchetty grub Green ants ��� bush tucker on the hoof! Our dinner setting
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    Entering Kakadu National Park

    by tiabunna Written Oct 3, 2008

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    Kakadu covers an area of over 1.3 million hectares. It is World Heritage Listed, primarily for the importance of its wetlands: it is unique in containing the entire catchment area of a tropical river (the South Alligator River), from the headwaters to the estuary and tidal plains. It also is very likely the only National Park anywhere in the world to contain a working uranium mine! Quite apart from that, as shown by the sign in Photo 2, it contains a huge diversity of species.

    Though it was created as recently as 1974, this is one of Australia’s best known National Parks and I suspect most Australians have an urge to visit – it may be less known overseas, but it certainly deserves to be on the itinerary of visitors. Needless to say, our VT Survivor group were fired up with excitement at finally arriving, so we pulled up at the entry gates and posed for the cameras.

    Kakadu National Park entry - with Some of the diversity of Kakadu
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    Nourlangie Rock – Not to be missed!

    by tiabunna Written Jan 10, 2009

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    Main photo Nourlangie Rock (pano) – larger than it looks!
    Photo 2 VTers on walkway, taking photos of rock art
    Photo 3 Rock shelter area, with visitor platform and signage
    Photo 4 Some rock art – Namarrgon the ‘Lightning Man’ on the right
    Photo 5 VTers and view from the lookout at the top.

    Nourlangie is sure to be a highpoint of any visit to Kakadu. Here, on a rocky hill forming an outlier of the Arnhem Land escarpment , you will find an Aboriginal shelter and rock art galleries, plus a good lookout. The National Parks service, in conjunction with the local Aboriginal community, have built graded paths and staircases to make the sites accessible to most people. Importantly, you will find clear explanatory signs to place what you are seeing in some kind of context. I was quite fascinated by a sign entitled “ Modern Art”, suggesting that the paintings in that particular gallery appeared to have been painted in the past 1,000 years! It does indeed highlight that this area has been occupied for some 40,000 years and that some of the paintings are very ancient indeed.

    In the tourist season (May-Sept), Park Rangers also are available to give talks about the site. This is really a great site for gaining at least some understanding of the area and of the life of the Aboriginal community who lived here.

    Nourlangie Rock (panorama) VTers on walkway, taking photos of rock art Rock shelter area, with visitor platform and signa Rock art ��� Namarrgon the ���Lightning Man��� at right VTers at the Nourlangie lookout
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    Bark Hut - between Darwin & Kakadu

    by aussirose Written Jul 7, 2008

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    This was the first place we stopped at along the way for a stretch & feed.
    Bark Hut is approximately half way from Darwin to Kakadu.
    And as you can see, a good place to stop for a coldie (beer) along the way :o)

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    Gunlom

    by tiabunna Updated Jan 9, 2009

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    If Koolpin Gorge is OTBP for most people, reaching the Gunlom waterhole on Waterfall Creek should create few challenges, even with a normal car: it is about 170 km south of Jabiru, not far off the Kakadu Highway. We went there on our way back from Koolpin, but as the afternoon was late we confined ourselves to photographs. There were some lovely reflections of the afternoon colours on the water.

    I'll let the photos do the talking, but should you visit Kakadu and have enough time, a visit is well justified. The facilities are good, the waterhole is unbeatable, and the area is scenic. When we visited late in the day there were few other visitors. One of them had climbed to the top of the falls, apparently a very steep climb, but then had clambered through the safety barriers to reach the edge. Don’t do the same, the rocks can be slippery and this is neither clever nor recommended!

    Gunlom waterhole near sunset Gunlom reflections The fool on the hill!
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