australis 4wd kakadu tour

Old Jul 14th, 2005, 05:50 AM
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australis 4wd kakadu tour

is this a good tour (we'll be there in January, and really want to see kakadu even though it's during the Wet)? Itinerary includes "Jim Jim and Twin Falls, Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock, Fogg Dam and enjoy a spectacular wildlife cruise on the Mary River. Note: Jim Jim and Twin Falls are inaccessible during the tropical summer."

We really want to camp, which this offers even during the wet season.
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Old Jul 15th, 2005, 12:14 AM
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With all respect, I think you're crazy. At that time of the year, you won't get into Jim Jim or Twin Falls, and camping in the associated non-stop thunderstorm activity would be very 'interesting'. It is almost impossible to describe how heavly it rains during the Wet, except to comment that most folks would rather be somewhere else. It is hot, steamy and unrelenting.
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Old Jul 15th, 2005, 05:12 AM
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thanks- I really do appreciate being called crazy!! we are trying to decide whether to eliminate the kakadu portion of our trip entirely - but since it's the only time we'll ever be there, wanted to try to see what we could. I've read some posts here where people say kakadu in the wet is worth seeing - any other opinions before we cancel the whole thing?
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Hi Bobbieharv
we went to Kakadu in late december. Jim Jim falls were closed however a cruise on the yellow river seeing an abundance of wildlife including 11 crocs and a couple of walks we did to see aboriginal art, plus the information centres with their displays were well worth the trip. we stayed 2 nights at one of the caravan parks. it was very hot and humid and there were tonnes of flies and mozzies so I wouldn't camp.
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Just returned from The Top End - stunning in the Dry and would love to see the difference in the Wet...

Not sure about the tour at such a time of year, but it's worth a try if you're with experienced guides... Try Lord's Safaris and see what they do at that time of year - we went with them for a couple of days last week and they were simply excellent.

Yellow Waters is incredible - a must - as is sitting on Ubirr at sunset.

Take strong insect repellant (Bushmans) and sunscreen...

And if staying in Kakadu and not camping with a guide, try 'Lakeview Park' in Jabiru - their Bush Bungalows are best...with mesh walls so that while you have privacy from other residents of the park and score your own bathroom, you still have a camping-esque experience as you can spend the evening listening to all of the nocturnal wildlife scuttling below you and calling to each other overhead.

Hope that helps!

Oh, and if there's time and the season permits it, try a boat ride down Katherine Gorge south of Kakadu too.
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