Day 6 of Australia Adventure -Kakadu National Park - April 22th 2010

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Day 6 of Australia Adventure -Kakadu  National Park   - April 22th 2010

Get up this morning as we are to leave Darwin this morning and head off the Kakadu National Park. This morning breakfast is included at the hotel and I take great advantage of it. Meet up with a few other early morning birds, Jeremy, Danielle, Karissa and Carin are at breakfast. Breakfast is a hot food of a buffet with lots of eggs, bacon, toast and sausages, so quite filling and satisfying. Still have some time before the bus after bk and go onto the hotel�s internet cafe and check some emails.
Then back to room to brush teeth and pack up the bag and take it to the Contiki coach. We do a little drive about of the city of Darwin and take in some of the fancy homes near the water front of the city.

Entering Kakadu National Park
As well we go to a look out area of the Ocean and can see the skyline of Darwin in the distance. Water you can go boating in but no swimming as there are lots of jellyfish and crocodiles in there. Here we do a few group photos of us around the water as one can forget to do these types of photos.
Anyways it is back on the bus for a lengthy drive of a few hours to the next stop. As we drive about in the Outback one can see many trees and bush and many sources of water in the immediate area, quite neat.
After a few hours we make a lunch stop at a remote station, here some of us eat food we have us are the prices in road side stops are quite expensive. Here you can spend $10 for a bottle of soda and chips. It is peanut butter and banana sandwichs for lunch today, good way to save a few bucks.
After lunch in the same place we visit a few animals, the people who run this station have a pet crocodile on site. The croc�s name is Brutus and we get to watch him eat a whole chicken.
As well there are some turtles and a reptiles here as well, good place to catch some photos and not to stick fingers into the cage.
From here we board the bus again and make our way for a few more hours to enter Kakadu National Park, where we will be doing a hike later today.
Finally after a bit of driving we arrive for our hike a place called Anbangbang. We head out for our hike and head to some rock formations where we see lots of ancient aborginal rock drawings.  Many are of all types of animals and spiritual beings to which there are various meanings for. We head off further uphill along the path and reach a big look out point.
proof of being at party and crazy group
This section is called Namarrgon Djadjam. A good area and one gets to see how big Kakadu National Park really is, it is enormous and would take a very long time to see it all, especially walking on foot for the whole part. Take a few photos of the amazing rock formations and plant life nearby, quite an amazing area. For more details, check out all the photos posted on this blog.
Finally we hike out of the area and back to the bus and make our way to our accommodations for tonight in a placed called Alligator. The place is made up of many separate buildings where we are all staying. Our rooms is very big and has a nice ceiling and flooring.
This evening we have a small group get together called a small punch night. With the tour manager and driver, we head down. They tell us that the punch is high in alcohol but from tasting it, it is very mellow and I would say alcohol free.
However many people in the group for some reason are getting all hammered on it. There are also many snacks available and are quite yummy. Our tour manager shows up this kettle they have, as some manager from Contiki, who has been on a trip made them take it so they can serve us Tea every morning. This is quite silly and he tells us to make fun of the kettle and take photos of it for duration of the tour. Many people right away were drinking from the kettle and various positions and getting drunk on the non alcoholic punch. As we are outside, we area all getting eaten alive by the bugs and flies, make its back to the room. Only to discover there is a major infestation of bugs and frogs on the outside of the ways of the hotels. The moment you open the door, all the bugs fly into the room like a big magnet.
on route to Kakadu National Park
There are several photos of all the frogs that were hanging out. From here we all go to room 255 as the whole group are having a in room party with the kettle and lots of booze. There seems to be a welcome party for the kettle. As the many photos show it.
Afterwards, several of us make it to the hotels bar and have a few more beer. Try this beer tonight called Victoria Bitter or VB as to which it is not too bad. During this time there were some fishermen in the bar who are extremely drunk and were asking us where the nearest airport was to get to China, an unusual question. Anyways, it was good day and it was now time for bed. Therefore a busy day is to follow for tomorrow, stay tuned for next blog.

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Brutus
Brutus
Entering Kakadu National Park
Entering Kakadu National Park
proof of being at party and crazy …
proof of being at party and crazy…
on route to Kakadu National Park
on route to Kakadu National Park
fancy trees
fancy trees
on route to Kakadu National Park
on route to Kakadu National Park
on route to Kakadu National Park
on route to Kakadu National Park
on route to Kakadu National Park
on route to Kakadu National Park
remote gas station for lunch stop
remote gas station for lunch stop
small zoo
small zoo
Brutus
Brutus
here is Brutus the crocodile
here is Brutus the crocodile
Brutus again
Brutus again
turtles
turtles
another Croc
another Croc
River someplace
River someplace
ticket of entry
ticket of entry
see lots of these types of Vehicle…
see lots of these types of Vehicl…
Kakadu
Kakadu
Anbangbang
Anbangbang
ancient drawings
ancient drawings
more ancient drawings
more ancient drawings
more drawings
more drawings
this means something, check it out
this means something, check it out
big spider
big spider
very interesting
very interesting
an interesting tree
an interesting tree
cool!
cool!
an interesting hill
an interesting hill
look out point
look out point
Contiki group at lookout area
Contiki group at lookout area
vastness of Kakadu National Park
vastness of Kakadu National Park
proof of being there
proof of being there
more proof
more proof
really neat rock structure
really neat rock structure
hollow bark
hollow bark
our accommodations
our accommodations
interesting ceiling
interesting ceiling
our accommodations
our accommodations
our accommodations
our accommodations
our accommodations
our accommodations
our accommodations
our accommodations
main office at our accommodations
main office at our accommodations
punch night
punch night
photo of group on punch night
photo of group on punch night
drinking non alcohol punch, but th…
drinking non alcohol punch, but t…
mr T!!
mr T!!
balancing Mr T
balancing Mr T
Areil ,Lauren and Christoph
Areil ,Lauren and Christoph
toad on the wall
toad on the wall
Gecko
Gecko
frog
frog
frog
frog
funny room party
funny room party
Contiki crew party
Contiki crew party
Ariel in awe
Ariel in awe
crazy time!
crazy time!
Mr Kettle
Mr Kettle
crazy party with MR T
crazy party with MR T
Kakadu National Park
photo by: Biedjee