Once again I am going to talk about our recent Easter trip to Kakadu National Park.
Because it’s the end of the wet season, many of the roads are still closed or impassable so we esentially revisited most of the places we had the year before, when we spent our first Easter in Kakadu.
On the itinerary was Nourlangie Rock, which is part of the Arnhem Land escarpment.
Kakadu is a park of diversity in its geography – from flooded wetlands, to bush and masses of spear grass, to the escarpment. (I’m really fascinated with the escarpment because Darwin and surrounds are just so darn flat, and seeing the rock rise of up out this flatness is really something.)
This visit to Nourlangie was differnet – the Sprog isn’t so young anymore, and we’re not such inexperienced (read: nervous) parents anymore 🙂 so we set off with a big water bottle, the camera, and that’s about it.
I had read about a beautiful lookout that was only 220m from the main path with views to die for – of course this meant going upwards, but I was willing to give it a try, and the Sprog being almost 100 per cent Territorian was better equipped phyically to cope with the exertion than we were.
Not to mention, she has a great appreciation for rocks. So of course she loved the giant rock that she was climbing all around, and the little rocks she picked up on the way.
The view from the top of the lookout was breaktaking, and so quiet (the beauty of Kakadu in the wet season – not too many tourists). From our spot at the top of the hill, we looked out over a valley of bush and out to the escarpment, which circled from one end to the other of our view.
It was one of those moments where I looked at something and realised that what I was looking at was still untouched, unspoiled, and a great example of the Top End of our great south land.
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