Thursday, the 13th of May 2010
I finished work at quarter to three and rushed down Mitchell St as excited as I hadn’t been for ages. I picked up the white Toyota Camry from the Advanced car rentals, not a single scratch on the car. A 2010 model, only 927 kms on the odometer. I drove back to work, picked up Maryanne and then I dropped her off at home before I went to my place. I packed, and I usually pack to much. Because I pack everything. Laptop, Internetstick, external hard drive, cables, adapters, panadol, other medicine, insect repellant, maps, and of course clothes. We stopped at McDonalds before we left Darwin and at around 6 pm we were on the road. By the time we turned into Arnhem Highway the sun had set and the amount of insects that we drove into made it look like it was snowing outside. I was surprised that the narrow road down to Kakadu National Park had a speed limit of 130 kph. But it was good, there were hardly any other cars. And then the animals came out.
We saw half a dozen dingos and a few little kangaroos or wallabies, not sure. It was either one or the other, that was jumping out of the bush next to the street and stopped right in front of the car. Luckily it wasnt too big and didn’t cause any damage. But it certainly didn’t surive being hit by a 2010 Toyota Camry. Anyway, it was the only one we hit so we kept driving, listening to music, mostly very loud. I was bored by the road that would just look the same for miles and miles while Maryanne fell asleep, woke up, fell asleep, the usual passenger thing.
It was almost 10 pm when we got to Jabiru and checked in at the Gagadju Holiday Inn Hotel. A bit old-fashioned and out of date, but at least the largest crocodile in the world. Out duty manager from the Crowne Plaza booked as a free tour on the Yellow Water Cruise in Cooinda, so we knew we had to get up early. We stayed awake until midnight and a couple of glasses of bubbles before we went to sleep.
Friday, the 14th of May 2010
It was hard to get up that early, because Cooinda was about 55 km away from Jabiru where the hotel was. But it was worth it…
The sunrise over the East Alligator River wetlands.
Yellow Water Cruises operates with four boates from Cooinda Yellow Waters.
The morning sunlight creates an impressive atmosphere over the wetlands.
The wildlife is amazing and more likely to be seen on the morning cruise. Huge birds with wingspan of more than a meter can be seen especially on the sunrise tour.
The calm water reflects everything above the horizon perfectly. It also reflects the colours of the sunrise,and that’s why these waters are called Yellow Waters.
To be continued with more photos in Part II…