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Yellow Water

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  • Day30

    Kakadu: Sunrise with Birds; Croc Attack!

    August 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 86 °F

    A pre-dawn start got us to our sunrise river cruise on the Yellow Water billabong and down the East Alligator River (a European misnomer).

    It was a beautiful, cool, morning on the river! The bird sightings were fantastic, and our boat pilot and guide was humorous and very informative—she positioned us just right to see birds, water lilies, and crocodiles.

    Toward the end of the cruise, we saw a crocodile attack a huge buffalo that was swimming across the river. We got it on video, but it might look too small on the screen. Our guide had just finished saying that the crocs don’t try to eat the buffaloes, but probably could if they were smart enough to gang up on them. We’re not sure why this one tried. The buffalo probably got some scratches, but it scampered out of the water, then turned around and gave a shake of its gigantic horns at the croc.

    Next, we visited the Warradjan Cultural Centre, a wonderful museum that explains a lot about the ways of life of the traditional peoples of the area.

    Finally, we ended the day with the last public tour ever of the uranium mine which is surrounded by, but separate from Kakadu National Park. The founding of the park in 1979 was part of the deal when the Aboriginal owners of the land agreed to allow mining through 2021. The mine will close and the company will restore the land to its natural environment over the next 5-10 years.
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  • Day243

    Halbzeit

    June 27, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

    Heute vor acht Monaten begann unser Abenteuer 489 days - Eine Reise um die Welt. Das heißt Halbzeit für uns....und wir haben noch einmal acht Monate vor uns....wie schöööööööön. 💃🕺😊😊😀 Wenn wir zurückblicken, sagen wir uns...wow, was wir schon alles sehen und erleben durften....welche Erinnerungen 🤩😍😀😊....und wenn wir in die Zukunft schauen, sind wir ganz gespannt darauf, was wir noch alles sehen und erleben werden.🤩😀😊 Acht Monate zu Zweit gemeinsam reisen, leben, planen, organisieren, erleben und auch mal tief in die Augen schauen...sehr sehr viel Zeit gemeinsam täglich zum Teil auch auf engstem Raum verbringen....Das schweißt zusammen.😊😊👍Wir möchten keinen Augenblick, außer die Krankheitszeiten, missen und freuen uns auf unsere nächsten gemeinsamen acht Monate Reisezeit.
    Heute Abend werden wir mit einem Glas Wein auf unsere Zeit anstoßen. Dazu müssen und werden wir den Kakadu Nationalpark verlassen, um uns in einem Supermarkt eine Flasche Wein kaufen zu können. Im Nationalpark gibt es nirgendwo Alkohol zu kaufen und ist er zum Teil auch verboten....außer auf zwei bis drei Campingplätzen mit Restaurant. Aber vorher gehen wir noch zum Yellow River und nach Gulom.
    https://www.gregorschaad.photo/nice-places/yellow-river-kakadu-np-australia/
    Am Yellow River...einfach nur über den Fluß schauen, die Vögel beobachten, die Natur auf einen wirken lassen und gucken, ob ein Krokodil mal seine Nase über das Wasser hält, ist so entspannend.😊 Wieso Yellow River? Morgens war das Wasser zumindest nicht gelb, aber wir sahen Ansichtskarten mit dem Fluß bei Sonnenuntergang.....und da schimmerte das Wasser in einem wunderschönen gelb-rot....
    Weiter ging es dann Richtung Gunlom....wieder über Sandpiste. Für so richtig Wandern und Klettern in praller Sonne hatten wir heute keine rechte Lust und so entschieden wir uns nur für die kurze Tour zum Hauptpool....und überall gehen die Leute hier baden.....trotz der Korokodilhinweis- schilder...mmmhhhhhh......irgendwie müssen die alle mehr zu Krokodilen wissen oder ein extremes Vertrauen haben...🙄😏....Wir blieben jedenfalls dabei und gingen nicht in das Wasser.
    https://northernterritory.com/kakadu-and-surrounds/destinations/gunlom-plunge-pool
    http://www.kakadutoursandtravel.com.au/gunlom-falls/
    Das war er nun der Kakadu-Nationalpark😊🐊🕊🐢
    Für uns ging die Fahrt über den Pinien Creek, vorbei an Graslandschaften mit vielen riesigen und kleineren, aber immer wieder beeindruckenden, Termitenhügel, weiter zur nächsten Stadt, nach Katherine.
    https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine
    Katherine hat ca. 6000 Einwohner, einige Geschäfte, Hotels, Campingplätze und ist mit dem Nitmiluk Nationalpark und den Hotsprings in schöne Natur eingebettet....und hier wollen wir einfach mal ein paar Tage faulenzen.
    Zuerst ging es aber zu Woolworths zu einigermaßen annehmbaren Preisen einkaufen.
    Auch hier in Katherine ist es wieder wie schon in Alice Springs oder in Jabiru....überall lungern ungepflegt aussehende Aborigini herum, zum Teil betrunken, zum Teil bettelnd....und sehen irgendwie aus als wüßten sie nichts mit sich anzufangen....😮....Wir sind ziemlich erschüttert und betroffen darüber....so viele Aboriginis, die Ureinwohner Australiens, so zu sehen.😏😔....und haben uns gleich mal zu ihrer Situation in Australien belesen.📚
    https://www.in-australien.com/aboriginal-people_10223
    https://www.in-australien.com/aborigines_10220
    ...aber wir sahen auch so einige Aboriginis in den Nationalparks als Ranger oder Guide arbeiten.😊
    Nach unserem Einkauf checkten wir gleich am Stadtrand im Holiday Camper Park, einen sehr schönen Campingplatz, ein....
    https://www.katherineholidaypark.com.au/
    .....und ließen bei einem Glas Wein Erinnerungen unserer Reise an uns vorbeiziehen....und waren einfach nur glücklich.😍😊
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  • Day26

    Kakadu NP Bootsfahrt

    October 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Heute sind wir schon um 5:30 Uhr aufgestanden, sie Sonne ging gerade auf. Um 6:30 wurden wir von einem Bus abgeholt um zur 1.5 km entfernen Bootsanlegestelle am Yellow River zu gelangen.
    Von dort machten wir eine zweitstündige Bootsfaht auf dem Fluss im Nationalpark. Hier sahen wir unglaublich viele Tiere. Zahllose Vogelarten und viele Krokodile. Phantastisch! Auch die Natur, unbeschreiblich schön. Vor allen am frühen Tag, bei der Abfahrt, als der Morgennebel aufstieg.Read more

  • Day6

    Sunset on Yellow Water

    June 28, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Following on from sunrise, we are back at Yellow Water for a 2 hour sunset cruise. This evening’s entertainment and informative guide to the Yellow Water is Reuben’s brother Dennis. Not sure if Dennis is a Brother Brother, a Brother or just a Brother? What we know is that they are related and are from the same clan, the Murumburr people who have many brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles of the same blood line.

    Dennis is a larger well rounded man with a wide Akubra hat and he likes his geese fat, his buffalo juicy and tender and his favourite recipe is duck curry.

    As Dennis boards the vessel, a passenger on the front row notices something on the brim of his hat. It’s a large Huntsman Spider the size of a hand and Dennis calmly flips it off and we haven’t even started our adventure yet.

    The sun is still relatively high and hot at 4.30pm but there’s a different vibe to the place and everything is brighter and the yellow water is shining well... yellow. Reason, the Melaleuca tree roots have created a yellow tinge to the water.

    Straight away we spot a dominant male ”Max the croc” on the banks of the Billiabong and within moments, the adrenaline is up and it’s all happening again...

    Nine o’clock, Sea Eagles pitched on a dead tree branch, one o’clock, Wild Horses behind the scrub protecting a foal, eleven o’clock a lone Brown Kite in the tree, wait on is that a snake in the tree as well, three o’clock, Wood Ducks with their tiger like markings, twelve o’clock in the distance, wild Buffalo grazing, above and on the move, a large Jabiru in flight which looks like a Terradactyle, one thirty upstream, a group of ducks are spooked by something, probably a croc and take off on mass into the sunset.

    Phew, let’s take a breath for a moment.

    Dennis spots a large male crocodile fully out on the left river bank. He’s impressive in size and we get so close to him on the bank that one could reach out and almost touch. Not so quick, he spotted us well before we spotted him and his eyes are following our every move so careful, his reaction time is like lightening. The croc is a new male to the area and Dennis tells us there’s about 300 crocs per 1km stretch of water so if you fall in, chances are, you be eaten.

    The large male croc suddenly turns, pitches his head up and opens his mammoth jaws as a sign of aggression, don’t mess with me kind of look. Well is there any other look???

    Jen manages to get a shot of me with my back to the croc and I think she was strategically moving me closer and hesitating with the camera settings and focus... “just take the shot”.

    The sun has reached the point where it drops quickly on the horizon so after two hours which seems like 30 seconds, we head back to Yellow Water billabong to sit still, sit quiet and take in sunset. The occasional bird is making its last call from the grasslands and everything has turned peaceful and calm.

    Myself and Jen are totally exhausted from all the excitement on the Yellow Water Cruise today. Dawn till dusk, It’s been a blast. We get dropped off at the resort again and treat ourselves to battered Barramundi and chips from the food van at the resort as a dinner treat.

    Kakadu has been an amazing place, a 2.4 billion year old place where you have to sit still, take it all in and appreciate the abundance of wildlife, the spirit of Dreamtime and a 65,000 year old Aboriginal culture that still follow the same stories and traditions today.

    Bobo.
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  • Day5

    From 65,000 Years To The Lightning Man

    June 27, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    DRIVE: Jabiru to Cooinda (40km)

    40km south of Jabiru on the Kakadu Highway, we visit Nourlangie Rock on route to Cooinda Lodge and our next camping spot in Kakadu. Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) is famous for its rock art and evidence of Aboriginal settlement in and around the rock overhangs. Like many Aboriginal places, the names have been labelled incorrectly, misspelt or interpreted wrongly by white people. Nourlangie is close by but the rock formation here is actually named Burrunggui for the upper section of the rock and Angbangbang for the lower section of the rock.

    It’s almost 10.30am so we have timed our visit to join in on the end of an Aboriginal Interpretation tour. A young white female who works for Kakadu National Park was taking the tour and she was super informative and knowledgeable about the Aboriginal culture and history at this place.

    We are standing in the past, facing a large cave like rock overhang with another sheltering rock formation behind us and vista views on either side of the woodlands and escarpment. The breeze is gently filtering through and combined with shade, it makes the shelter cool from the heat of the sun and a perfect place to set up residence. Its a special place.

    Aboriginal paintings adorn the walls and evidence of smoke can be seen on the ceiling of the overhang giving clues to its long history as an Aboriginal dwelling.

    So how long ago? Well the guide explains that after a number of archeological digs, tools were found at the site and the most primitive tool, a sharp rock implement was dated to 65,000 years ago when the area was dryer and more arid. That’s mind blowing.

    As the land and climate changed dramatically over time, we can move to 20,000 years ago and see that the tools and implements are more sophisticated with spears and rope and fire sticks. These tools were found at the same site and indicate that the land was more fertile for food and hunting and these residents were less transient and more like settlers.

    So that’s still 20,000 years ago, and still a lot more recent than 65,000 years when the earliest ancestors roamed this land. To get the timeline into perspective, Jesus was 2,000 years ago, The Pyramids 4,000 years ago and Stone Henge 5,000 years ago. What’s even more impressive is that the Aboriginal culture still has the same belief systems and values today and they largely prepare and eat their food the same way.

    Amazing...

    As we move on and follow a pathway winding through the rock, there are many more sites of cultural significance, some of which are off limits. The tour guide explained that this site is a small example of indigenous culture and there are a great many more hidden and sacred places right through Kakadu and Arnhem Land.

    Like the ancient ancestors who created paintings and artwork on rock, the tradition continues with new stories and art depicting modern times being added and even white men with guns! It’s a never ending timeline of stories dating back as far as 65,000 years ago. Wait a minute, isn’t that like Facebook, let me see, it’s surely been around for 15 years.

    So we finally meet The Lightning Man. The Lightning Man rock art is a relatively recent painting although its spirit and story go back thousands of years.

    The rock art depicts Namarrgon (Lightning Man) who is an important creation ancestor responsible for the violent lightning storms that occur every tropical summer.

    The band running from Namarrgon’s left ankle to his hands and head and down to his right ankle represents the lightning he creates. He uses the axes on his head, elbows and feet to split the dark clouds and make lightning and thunder.

    During his travels, Namarrgon left his power behind at many places and on his last last journey, he approached the Arnhem Land escarpment from the east and looked over the sheer wall. He took out an eye and placed it high on the cliff at Namarrgondjahdjam (Lightning Dreaming), where it sits waiting for the storm season.

    CAMP: Cooinda Lodge / 2 Nights
    After exploring Nourlangie, we drive the short distance to Cooinda and set up for 2 nights.

    The remainder of the day is filled by lazing by the resort pool and catching happy hour at the restaurant for a beer and cider. there are aboriginal folk enjoying a beer in the gardens and as i pass an elder woman, she says “how ya goin” and i reply, “me good” doh!!!

    I think “me dumb dumb”.
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  • Day6

    5 Metre Ginga (Croc) In Yellow Water

    June 28, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    It’s an early start to the day, up before dawn and onto a shuttle bus to take us down to Yellow Water (Ngurrungurridjba) for a two hour sunrise cruise. It’s a cool, still and foggy morning which adds to the excitement and atmosphere as we depart the billabong jetty into Yellow Water and onto South Alligator River, never to be seen again!

    Our Aboriginal guide is the charismatic and fun loving Reuben who’s native family, the Murrumburr people are the traditional owners of Yellow Water and surrounding areas. Reuben says it as it is and tells us that New South Wales Rugby folk are the first to be sent overboard for the crocodiles. Jen stays silent as she doesn’t want to let on she is a mighty magpies fan just in case they’re on the list too and today, an endangered species.

    Reuben talks quickly and is excited when he sees stuff; birds, crocs, fish, buffalo and there’s plenty happening that we are on the edge of our seats. I am on the hunt for a big salt water crocodile or “salty” and Jen is searching for her favourite bird, the Jabiru.

    With snorkel and mask in hand, we quietly slip into the dark foggy reaches of the Yellow Water... just kidding. No way!

    Reuben positions the boat to capture the rising sun and the blanket of fog starts to disappear In the billabong as the birds come to life in abundance. He can recognise all sounds and bird calls and instantaneously identify them and points them out.

    Amongst the birds we see egrets, Kites nesting, kingfishers, snake necked darters, sea eagles and wood ducks and that’s naming a few of many.

    Jen spots a vibrant Lotus flower in the lillies which has many uses in cooking... if you can get your hands on it.

    We spot a few smaller crocodiles mainly submerged within the lillies and close to the river bank but Reuben is after the big one which he spotted a couple of days ago with a 3 metre crocodile in its mouth!. They are fearsome territorial creatures and on the this occasion, the big one ate the little one and left it draping in its mouth on display for a whole day. Don’t mess with me, I’m the boss.

    Crocodiles are the world’s largest living reptile. They are also the most ancient having existed unchanged for 200 million years. Crocodylus porosus or the estuarine crocodile are aggressive and will instinctually attack unsuspecting prey, human or wildlife.

    The Aboriginal name for the salt water crocodile is Ginga so this morning, we are hunting for the 5 metre Ginga. Right on cue, as we turn a corner in the South Alligator River, Big Ginga appears like he was waiting for the boat load of fresh people to arrive and he slowly cruises at boat speed by the side of us.

    Known affectionately as Van Gogh because he had one ear torn off in a fight, he seems calm but on occasion, he cuts the boat off ahead when Reuben tries to turn. He is one smart cookie. I get eye to eye with the croc as I zoom in to capture him close up. This inside of his yellow eye has a narrow slit where he is focused on me and anything else that looks like dinner. This dude survived the dinosaurs so he has my total respect.

    Reuben explains that most white folk who taste crocodile meat say it tastes like chicken but farm raised crocs are fed chicken heads to fill them up. Out here, crocodile tastes like emu, barramundi, bufallo, wallaby, duck and people because that’s what Ginga eats. The Aboriginals also eat the skin of the crocodile, it’s tasty, but we don’t get to taste that as the skin of a farmed croc is a precious commodity for your Goochie bags and the like.

    Captivated by the movement of the croc in the water, I turn as Reuben calls out “Jabiru, right, one o’clock. And there he is, one tall majestic Jabiru with thin bright red stick legs. Jen loves the Jabiru because she was also known for her gangly legs and arms back in her ballet class when she was a kid. So she has a real affinity with the Jabiru and its her spirit bird.

    Brilliant, we have seen a salty croc and a Jabiru in a morning’s work and they are elusive no more.

    Retiring to the billabong and jetty, we are swiftly returned to Cooinda Lodge for an all you can eat buffet breakfast which is a perfect way to end the sunrise tour.

    It doesn’t end there folks. We took advantage of booking on the Sunset Yellow Water boat tour tonight for an extra $25 each so we will get to see a different timeline and capture the birds and wildlife before the setting of the sun. See additional footprint.
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