Kakadu National Park. Photo credit: Mike Howard of HoneyTrek
Well, here I am on my iPhone, updating from the middle of absolute nowhere. There’s no service, of course, so by the time this gets posted this moment will have long passed.
I’m laying here in our budget room in Watarrka National Park, mom, and sis in bed, typing away on what some might call the focus of my life, mentally preparing myself for the day at hand: we’re hiking Kings Canyon. I suppose I should back up, though, and recap on the past week.
My flight from Cairns to Darwin left on Tuesday, from where I toured the Kakadu National Park. Ma dukes and I left on Wednesday, with a group of just four others, and started our many-hours-long journey to what seemed like the center of the earth. It was HOT.
We drove. A lot. The first stop was a quick hike up some rocks from where we could observe a pretty spectacular view of what used to be a frequent aboriginal stomping ground, stretching for many miles.
There was some cave art as well. We stopped by an aboriginal community to get a better understanding of how they live, as there are many preconceived notions about who they are and what they do.
We visited a couple rock pools and waterfalls, the nicest being Gunlom Falls, where we were able to go for a dip in a rock pool at the very edge of the waterfall.
You could say it was a swimming pool with a view!
We also stopped off to have a look at a termite mound, stretching 5 meters into the sky. Apparently, this thing took 70 years for those little guys to put together, but impressive nonetheless.
I’d have to say the highlight of my trip was the sunrise cruise down the Yellow River. We left at 6 am and spent an hour cruising for birds, plants and, of course, wild crocs. If you’re in the area, make sure you check out Yellow River!
Sunrise on the Yellow River in Kakadu National Park, Australia
We went with Australian Pacific Touring (APT), a company suited for the more mature traveler. The group was small (five in total), the guide was sharp and extremely knowledgeable and our accommodation was top-notch. This tour will be a bit more pricey than your average backpacker bus tour but I loved every second of it.