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Kakadu to Darwin

Wrapping up our trip to OZ

sunny 90 °F

29 September 2013

Kakadu

Our last National Park stop in OZ will be Kakadu as we headed north. Compared to our previous drives, this one, at three hours, seemed so short. We arrived at the Cooinda Caravan Park (private but in the park and seemed to be associated with the park) early afternoon. This park was recommended to us but at $49 per night it was ok but not great but the location to Yellow Waters (for billabong tours) is excellent.

We had already booked a morning sunrise tour and when checking in we found that for an additional $25 (a good discount) we could do the sunset tour. Ok…let’s do it. And, we were so glad that we did. Our tour guide, Lionel, a local with 16 years in the business, led us up and down the billabong pointing out crocs and birds and more crocs and more birds. His knowledge of the area and wildlife was extensive and he peppered his info with personal experiences that really brought the area home to us. These tours are really all about the views....I'll let our photos speak for themselves.
Kakadu Billabong

Kakadu Billabong

Female Jabiru with a serpent lunch...notice the yellow eyes

Female Jabiru with a serpent lunch...notice the yellow eyes

Male Jabiru - notice the red eyes

Male Jabiru - notice the red eyes

hmm.. shoes for me or a purse for Patty????

hmm.. shoes for me or a purse for Patty????

Majestic sea eagle

Majestic sea eagle

Billabong sunset

Billabong sunset

30 September 2013

Back to the water for a 0645 sunrise boat tour!! Arriving out on the dock, the mist was settled over the water like a smoky blanket. Our tour this morning again brought to us, the wildlife, as they were starting the day. So many birds: two sea eagles that seemed to be around every turn, a male and female Jabiru and crocs, either on the shore or floating in the water like prehistoric creatures. Again...enjoy the photos!!
Misty reflection

Misty reflection

Mist over the billabong

Mist over the billabong

Lotus Sea

Lotus Sea

Breakfast ready????

Breakfast ready????

Mr and Mrs Sea Eagle

Mr and Mrs Sea Eagle

Peaceful waters

Peaceful waters

Check out the photo gallery for more photos of both sunset and sunrise cruises.

This tour ended with a substantial buffet breakfast. Breakfast was included in our tour but if you had added the tour for $25, the breakfast was an additional $11 (well worth it), otherwise the buffet is normally $25. Remember, it’s Australia!!!

As our trip winded down, it seemed, so did we. The rest of our day consisted of a trip to the other visitor center and into the small town of Jabiru and then home (campervan) for our final campervan dinner of lamb, potatoes and salad…oh and a nice bottle of red wine. Remember...it's Australia.

01 October 2013

We decided that we would head to Darwin for our last night. We really do like this city, it’s comfortable and friendly.

We had lunch at the Victoria Pub – good food – great value ($12 for all lunch meals) and then for dinner, Jim found a sushi place (Go Sushi Train) in the Lonely Planet book that he thought sounded fun and it was. The sushi bar is huge with a conveyer belt of plated sushi running along with each dish being color coded to a specific price. After dinner, we walked along Mitchell Street and found out where everyone hangs out. This is the area of hostels, bars and cafes – wish we had more time in Darwin to check out a few.

2 October 2013

Our last, last day in OZ!! We cleaned up the van, getting it ready to turn in and headed downtown. We had to be out of the park by 10am and the van didn’t need to be back until 3pm and our flight is scheduled for 740pm – so we had some time to kill. A few people told us that the WWII Oil Tunnels was worth taking a look and we did just that. Interesting and a time killer but not something I would go out of my way to do.

For lunch, we decided to try and find the Darwin Sailing Club. We tried, unsuccessfully once before, but this time, maybe being more familiar with the area, were able to locate it. A simple lunch but an awesome view for our farewells to OZ!!!!

From there, it was, drop off campervan, wait for airplane, fly to Bali and a farewell to a country where we saw so much and made a couple of good friends. Can’t ask for more than that!!!!

Our last day in OZ!!!

Our last day in OZ!!!

Posted by pjburke 18:52 Archived in Australia

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Loved the color of the birds' eyes. Red for "STOP!" and yellow for "Caution!" Your last day in Oz picture is a keeper! Thanks for sharing . . . we loved Australia, too!

by Rosie

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