Saturday, the 15th of May 2010
So I had now idea what to expect. As I mentioned in Part II, there was a surprise waiting for me. My birthday present from Maryanne. I was wondering, what else was there to do in Kakadu National Park? We had done the Yellow Water Cruise, been to Nourlangie Rock and Jabiru. There is not much left to do, especially not something that you have to get up early for. She was driving this time and as she was heading for the dead-end road heading to the old mine, I became an idea of what I might get. I knew where this road goes to. The airport of Jabiru is down that way.
A scenic flight. Left: Taking off at Jabiru Airport in a Kakadu Air 6-seater. Middle: The first detour went over the town of Jabiru. In the middle you can see the Jabiru Holiday Inn in the shape of a giant crocodile. Right: After 25 minutes of flying over the vast plains we got to Twin Falls, which is only accessible by boat. There is no road all the way to the falls.
Sorry, I know it’s large, but I wanted to share this picture of the magnificent Jim Jim Falls in full size. The water falls down more than 200 metres from the Arnhem Land plateau into the shallow Kakadu National Park area. According to geological information, about 150 million years ago, the whole of Kakadu was under the sea and Arnhem Land was only a flat land next to the sea with vertical cliffs on the coast. Today the Arnhem Land plateau rises up to 330 metres at its highest points. In the wet season there are tonnes of water flushing down the falls, much more intensely than on my pictures which was taken at the beginning of the dry season. For a public picture of Jim Jim falls in the wet season click here (external link). In the dry season the waterfall can dry out almost completely. There is a 60 km dirt road to Jim Jim Falls but it is for 4WD only and only accessible in the dry season. In the wet season there is no way at all to access the area in a vehicle. All pictures you find from the falls in the wet season were taken from a helicopter or an aircraft.
Left: Flying over the Arnhem Land Plateau. Middle: Returning to the hotel and checking out. The entrance of the crocodile shaped Holiday Inn is a giant crocodiles head, you enter the lobby through the mouth. Right: Hundreds of flies and other insects have died on the bumper and bonnet of our 2010 Toyota Camry.
Left: On the way home we stopped at Fogg Dam, where this little creature crossed the road. Middle: From the car park at Fogg Dam we saw this 4-metre saltwater crocodile. It could easily walk up to the road and nibble on us tourists, but it decides to stay in the water. Right: Getting back into our Toyota Camry. This hirecar had only driven 600 kms when I picked it up in Darwin. Well, we arrived back in Darwin at around 5.00pm on Saturday and had a quiet night. I had to get up early for work the next day.
If you want to see all the photos I took in Kakadu National Park, click here to view the entire album (144 photos) on flickr.