Darwin – Humpty Doo (really) – Adelaide River – Jabiru (ca 250kms)
We got up early, had a quick breakfast, packed and were on the road around 0830. Needed an early morning coffee, and felt the definition on the cafe napkin was very apposite: “Caffeination: Needing to put off everything until after the first cup of coffee”.
Our first proper stop was the Adelaide River, where we were fortunate to just catch the 10AM ORIGINAL “Jumping Crocodiles” boat tour, and we were not disappointed. Basically, they offer bits of pig on string, and the crocs leap out of the water to get it, sometimes up to 2m out of the water – amazing! They were enormous, the largest being “Aggro” at 6m (20 feet).
Stopped for lunch, where Bruce produced turkey wraps, and I fended off the super aggressive crows, who took a liking to the cheese I left unattended. We had entered Kakadu, and enjoyed reading the welcome from the Aboriginal traditional owners, and of their huge love and respect for “country”.
Checked into Kakadu Lodge Caravan Park, where I stayed last year with Graham Cottew. We erected the tent and set up the trailer, and then hot and very, very sweaty, headed to the pool. It was 37C (100F)! A dip soon revived the spirits, as did the G&Ts we are currently quaffing. Life is very tough in the outback!