NT Holiday with Merry

Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Katherine, Mataranka, Litchfield National Park with Merry.

Katherine Gorge

I’m back on the air thanks to my web guru Charlie!  Heavens knows what was wrong but I couldn’t add a new post and photos. Anyway, Charlie fixed it. Charlie, for my Probus friends is Barry Amond’s granddaughter. She runs a web business called Creative Action.

We’ve had a terrific trip. The weather has been perfect and the sights amazing and interesting

Unfortunately it’s now over and I’m alone again heading for Cooktown in Queensland.

This post wont have much commentary…I haven’t got much time and in any case I’ll let the pictures do the talking!

One other little drama this week was when I received a phone call from the Darwin Hotel saying some idiot had rammed Azulo! Luckily it seems that apart from a bent gear pedal everything seems OK

Our route

We drove to Jabiru, took a day trip to Arnhemland, then through Kakadu National Park to Cooinda, then to Katherine, then Mataranka and finally Litchfield Park

Jabiru – Kakadu

Guluyambi Cruise on South Alligator River

Cahills Crossing the South Alligator River to Arnhem land

Abandoned Car swept away by the current

We did a day trip to Arnhem land where we visited an Aboriginal Community

Paint brush made from Pandanus Palm

Geoffrey with Geoffrey

High in the cracks at the top are spears…part of the Aboriginals initiation ceromony was to try and get the spear stuck in the crack. If he suceeded he was given a beautiful woman!

Next more of Kakadu

We went on a Yellow River cruise..lots of birds and crocs….The Saltwater crocs are the dangerous ones and we saw a whopper..about 5 metres…Despite being called SALT Water crocs they happily exist in FRESH water too.

The Freshwater crocs are less dangerous.

Salty about 5 metres

Leaf hopper…called a Comb-Crested Jacana

Baby Leaf Hopper

Azure Kingfisher

Plumed whistling Ducks….these ones don’t quack and dont much like water!

Sea Eagles

Next we went to Katherine Gorge…simply amazing. Just like the photos except better!

Mountineering Merry
She did well

Red Fruit Bat…there were thousands of them….so many they broke the branches

Nests in cave of tiny little Martins that migrate from Asia

Next we drove to Mataranka where we swam in lovely hot pools…The current in the river takes you leisurely along!

Huge ant hills everywherer

The Matralanks Pub….

Finally we visited Litchfield National Park which is only 100 K from Darwin

Florence Falls, Litchfield Park

Idiot jumping off Florence falls

Finally back in Darwin…Naturally we ended our trip at some good restaurants…one of the nicest was called “Char”

A truly terrific holiday. Very sad to see Merry go. Now i head for the dusty long road to Cooktown Queensland

 

8 thoughts on “NT Holiday with Merry

  1. Your photos have inspired Alex to do his own aboriginal painting as I said I’d love one like the ones in your photos so fingers crossed I’ll soon the the proud owner of a masterpiece.
    I thought for a minute that the man at the top of the waterfall was you, Geoff! Pleased it wasn’t! Floating in the water looks much more fun to me….
    Looks like you both had a fabulous time x

  2. Great photos, as ever.
    Particularly liked those of the wildlife; some of the aborigine paintings are amazing good – strong shapes and vibrant colours.
    Loved the photo of Geoffrey squared!
    Vic

  3. Hi Geoff – not posted for a while but we’re still on the pillion. You’re seeing some fabulous parts of the country and the pics are superb. Glad Merry managed the mountaineering and that that “idiot” survived the drop! All that, and you managed to get Azulo over the damage the other “idiot” caused. Hope the rest of the trip goes well. All the very best from us in St Albans.

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