Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Top End continued

Exploring Kakadu National Park, our guide took us to Ubirr a rocky outcrop providing views of the surrounding area. The area is also well known for the Aboriginal rock paintings to be found in the rock shelters at Ubirr. This is a fascinating ancient area of our country.
Aboriginal rock art
Stratas of rock
Additional information about and images of Ubirr can be found on the Kakdu National Park website - Ubirr .
We spent the night at the Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn where the rooms are constructed to form the shape of a crocodile - Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Hotel - at Jabiru, a small township in Kakadu. Jabiru is named after a large water bird located in this region of Australia. It is a member of the stork family. Follow this link for additional information about the jabiru .
Next day at  Nourlangie Rock we viewed more Aboriginal rock art and then visited the Warradjan Cultural Centre before going on a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong to view the birdlife and look for crocodiles. As well as the jabiru there were a variety of ibis, egrets and cormorants, rainbow bee-eaters, ducks of many varieties and  jacanas - small birds with large feet which walk upion the lily pads giving the illusion of walking on water. 

Image from Wikepedia article -

We then rejoined the coach to travel south to Katherine where we spent the night.

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