After one last day in Darwin we left for Kakadu National Park. It was a longish drive but it wasn’t that bad. The first caravan park had a “croc in a box” (more info on “croc in a box” at the end of this post) and a snake. That afternoon we went on a cruise on the Corroboree Billabong and I thought it was pretty cool. We saw: a jabiru,

male

some brolgas,

photo not from corroboree

darters,

female

egrets,

white-bellied sea eagles,

a few other birds and the… Jesus bird.

The Jesus bird has the biggest foot to body ratio of any bird which means that it has the biggest feet of any bird in the world. Because of this feature the bird can walk on lilies but it looks just like walking on water, which is why it is called ‘Jesus bird’. A few days later we went to Jabiru. I loved the guided rock art tours because the rangers showed us things and told us stories that really brought the paintings to life. I especially enjoyed the “painted menu board” because it had so many skeletal animals with painted organs and fat patches (and they were all life size!).

Another thing I found interesting was a Tasmanian tiger painting which is supposed to be more than 8,000 years ago!

We also went to the info centre at Jabiru and we watched a slideshow all about the animals of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. The Jabiru festival (called Mahbilil like the cool sea breeze Kakadu gets in September) was really cool as well. There was painting, weaving, cooking, singing and lots more. The last thing I will tell you about is Jim Jim falls. It was a long and brutally hot 900m walk but it had a rewardingly cool plunge pool at the end.

I met some really nice kids there and dad even spotted a golden tree snake!

So, a “croc in a box” is a Darwin thing were you buy a baby croc from a farm like Crocodylus park and then keep him or her until it is 60cm then you give it back. If the enclosure is big and safe enough you can keep it till the day he dies, which might be in more than 100 years!

Till next time, bye

Nat