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From Kakadu to Arnhem Land from Litchfield Park to Katherine, truly an amazing part of Australia that will leave you in awe of its shear natural beauty and a feeling you have walked back thousands of years in time.
It's hard to believe I am in the same country when it was only a few weeks earlier that I was in water temperatures of around 10 degrees swimming with massive Tuna in search of the great white shark .
This area in the Top End of Australia changes the ball game totally and it doesn't take long to see why.
From the moment you arrive you soon understand why the locals tell you there are only 2 seasons... Wet and Dry.
I would strongly recommend travelling during the dry season as temperatures are normally around the mid 30's with low humidity.
During the wet season the humidity is extremly high with many areas being cut off due to flooding.
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ps. although not absolutely necessary it would be a bonus having a 4 wheel drive as this will get you into a few more interesting places
Travel just a short 200km or so east of Darwin and you arrive at Ubirr Rock.
Ubirr is within the East Alligator region of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia, and is known for its rock art dating back thousands of years.
The artsites in this area are some of the most detailed paintings you will see and will leave you with an almost spiritual feeling as you walk the same grounds and get a true feel of how things may have been here many years ago.
Probably one of the most popular tourist attraction is the famous Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile cruise.
Getting up close with some of these giants that inhabit the Adelaide river system is an unbelievable experience and will not take long to see why these prehistoric creatures dominate all the waterways in the top end.
Magnetic Termite Mounds can be seen in Litchfield National Park and can reach heights of around 2m. These thin Mounds are all aligned north to south to minimise the exposure to the sun and are a termite species only found in this region.
Although not a large water hole, Katherine Springs is probably one of the clearest I have ever been in and definately worth seeing. The bubbling natural spring has a constant temperature of approximately 25 - 30 degrees celcius and is used by many as a way of healing.
Water monitors are a member of the monitor lizard family found in northern Australia. They are strong swimmers and feed both on land and in the water, mainly on fish, frogs. The water monitors have had a substantial decline in their populations attributable to the arrival of cane toads however their numbers are slowly coming back. I was fortunate to follow and film this unique creature at Berry springs which is a popular water hole around 40 minutes drive south of Darwin.
The Top End is definately a place full of surprises.
I came across this large salt water croc sunning itself in a Billabong in Arnhem land.
* The Digeridoo sound tracks, Primal Stomp and Bora are by indigenous artist Ash Dargon from his album Ash Dargon-Kakadu . Some of the best Digeridoo tracks I have heard and available through Itunes.