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Sunday 2 June 2013
We left Darwin this morning to make the relatively short 280 Km run out along the Arnhem Highway to Jabiru in the heart of Kakadu. Darwin was our most northerly point on the trip and we have now started to move South again. The day was a steamy 33c and the ride was relatively warm humid. The road was pretty straight and flat for the whole distance. The country was relatively green with smallish trees and lots of pandanas palms in amongst the trees. The undergrowth was sparce which is a product of the annual burnoff practiced in the Territory in accord with the age old Aboriginal practice. We followed four local “weekend warrior” type bikers out from Darwin on sports bikes who rode 140 km to the Bark Hut Roadhouse. They stuck rigidly to the speed limit (130 km/hr) all the way attesting to the vigilance of the local constabulary. We chatted with then at the stop and found they were making the return trip after their coffee and the ride was just a regular Sunday blast. 140km of dead straight and flat roads then return. Not much of a Sunday blast by Southern standards!!. We arrived early at our Hotel, the verrry nice Gagudhu Crocodile Holiday Inn at Jabiru (Good ole Wotif again). We spent the afternoon lounging around (and in) their pool. It is hard work but somebody has to do it!!. We are taking a day tomorrow to look around Kakudu and decided to blow our budget and take a flight to see it all in one go! from above.
Monday 3rd of June 2013
We took a one hour flight over the Kakabu region today which was great. The plane flew at about 800 to 1200 feet most of the way which gave us a great view of the escarpment, rivers and flood plains. It was a bit bumpy due to the air turbulence so close to the ground and several of the other passengers (we were six plus the pilot) succumbed to air sickness. This did not stop us having a great flight and taking some good photos. We spent the afternoon at our Crocodile Hotel vegging out a bit in preparation for some of the big rides we will be doing over the next week or so as we first head south then east to Mount Isa then North again up to the Gulf at Normanton and Kurumba. Having said that, we are heading to Mataranka tomorrow to enjoy their famed thermal springs.
Tuesday 4 June 2013
The 450km ride from Jabiru to Mataranka Springs was mostly pleasant albeit straight and flat. The temperature topped out at a more comfortable 28c. For the first 100 ks or so out of Jabiru the vegetation was smallish trees with lots of Pandanas in the relatively sparse, fire cleared undergrowth. As we moved out of the Kakadu National Park the Pandanas gave way to a return of the termite mounds. We arrived at the Mataranka Springs at around 3pm just near a replica of the old Elsey Station homestead of “we of the never never” fame. This was of particular interest having recently reread the book whilst on this trip. We plan to spend the day here tomorrow and sample the thermal pools.
Wednesday 5th of June 2013
We spent the day at Mataranka Springs enjoying the thermal pool and catching up on some housekeeping.
Here is a little video of some snippets
from the past few days >>>http://youtu.be/mWdaw29OUug
Bye for now
Ros and Dick