East Alligator River, which has extreme tidal fluctuations and is filled with crocs floating past!
Got up quite early as K was leaving at 4:30am and M (a French girl) at 6am. Bought some brekkie stuff then checked out and walked to the bus stop with H where we met R to catch the bus to the casino where the army was to pick us, L + C up at 8:30am. It was quite cool seeing the army blokes J + A pull up in the 4WDs. All our gear went into one and we all piled in the other. We then headed to Palmerston Bunnings to pick up F, one of the vets going on WALDHeP. We also picked up some Red Rooster for the Aboriginal kids. The drive out to Kunbarllanjnja/Gunbalanya/Oenpelli was quite nice. We stopped at Bark Hut and again at Jabiru
to grab some snacks and have a break. We made the others try green ants which was pretty amusing - the green abdomen has a strong citrus flavour.
Entering Aboriginal land, for which you need to have a permit
It was interesting driving into Kunbarllanjnja. Quite a few of the houses had graffiti on them. We went to the community health centre to drop off and pick up some stuff then drove out to the guest house where we had decided to spend the night. I was highly impressed. There were five rooms with bunk beds and linen and soap and towels, a full kitchen, toilet, shower with hot water, and a loungeroom with two couches + a TV. After we'd unpacked H, R and I went on a walk to the billabong to watch the many eagles and other birds circling. It was beautiful and so peaceful. We headed back around dinnertime and cooked up spag bol for tea which was alright. We sat around for ages talking after tea then headed to bed around 10pm.