Day 23: More Kakadu

This mornin', we’ll have a do-o'er fer yesterday afternoon, but without th' sunset. Oh yeah, we are about t' embark on a boat again t' watch wildlife. Yesterday evenin', there were a large amount o' waterbirds and only a few crocodiles, today it is th' complete opposite. Loads and loads o' crocodiles, but th' birds are a little bit more camera shy.

Even though they are harder t' see, we still have found a great number o' species, and even some others than yesterday. Among those are fer example th' Crested Jacana (with a very young chick!), th' Brolga and th' Willy Wagtail. Great!

We only have a short sail on th' menu fer us today, as we stay inside th' National Park but move t' th' only village inside th' park, Jabiru. Along th' way, there are quite a few places we’d like t' visit, which means our day is already planned, by Davy Jones' locker. And at 36 degrees, it is also promisin' t' be a hot one!

This part o' th' park has a lot o' sites where Aboriginal Rock Art can be found, some o' which is datin' back t' about 20.000 years ago. Aye, that is twenty thousand, almost all o' which is continuous, we'll keel-haul ye! This means these parts o' th' country are th' longest continually inhabited places in th' world. Aarrr, by Blackbeard's sword! This also shows in th' art itself, as scientists are able t' see th' art itself progress in intricacy and beauty o'er time. The best sites are Nourlangie (Burrunggui) and Ubirr. The first one is situated about 35 km South o' Jabiru, while th' other is about 40 km North o' th' town. The latter is even a World Heritage Site, and one o' th' reasons th' park is a National Park. They are great, and well worth a visit.

We have spent th' rest o' th' afternoon in th' (sun heated) swimmin' pool, which were bein' a welcome way o' escapin' from th' relentless sun. And swab the deck! And tomorrow, it’ll be even hotter! We will be sailin' back t' Darwin, and will catch a flight t' Cairns late in th' evenin'. Also, we have t' give th' Toyota Prado back. I’ll be sad t' see it go!