Australia, NT – The rarely visited Kakadu and Arnhem Land

The not so friendly beaches around Darwin

 
Highlight of this trip was a day I’d planned flying over the Kakadu and Arnhem Land with a stop for a boat trip through the wetlands. Although I’ve visited Darwin a few times it has always been during the wet season when it has been unbearably hot and humid – so I cannot express how much more pleasant it is at this time of year. Warm and sunny but much less humidity. 
Arrived in Darwin yesterday – apparently it has a Harbour that is four times the size of Sydney but despite such prime real estate there are very few people who live on the water – flooding, cyclones and crocs make that unwise!

Here’s Darwin from the plane.Then this morning I moved from a big Qantas plane to a small Cessna – as I love flying (or rather being flown) this was very exciting for me and I got to sit at the front with the pilot (there are quite a few advantages to traveling solo). 

Arriving in Darwin from Uluru


The plane and our very tiny airport strip in Cooinda. Still, at least no waiting at immigration required

Tiny plane and teeny airports abound in the Kakadu

And here are some scenes from Arnhem Land and the Wetlands that we flew over. A bit bumpy at times so not always easy to take a picture but best effort and still impressive. This is all national park and is 2/3 of the size of the whole to Tasmania – we were in and over it for a full day and apparently only saw 15% of it.Watch out for crocs tomorrow – I get up much too close for comfort but live to tell the tale. Ps. Crocs freak me out. 

The wetlands and rocks of the Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Spectacular

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