Thursday 18th August, 2011 Day 20…
Odo start, 9,601 K's
Odo end, 10,289 K's
Distance Travelled. 688 K's
Accommodation, Wangi Falls Campground, Litchfield National Park, Free…
It was a late start today, i left my room ready to hit Kakadu at about 10am, it was another fine clear day, for a southerner it was already feeling hot!
I had to stop for the obligatory shot..
When i had taken the above shot i could hear the oncoming roar of a road train…
I didn't realise that the Ranger Uranium Mine was through Kakadu until i saw the sign at Jabiru.
I stopped for fuel at Alligator River at 12:19pm, the bike took 11.74Ltrs @ $1.64.00/Ltr $19.25
Whilst fuelling up the couple next to me were having problems finding the fuel door release in their hire car, 3 of us looked for 5 minutes before we realised it didn't have one! They were travelling from Kilsyth. It seems there are a lot of southerners travelling up here..
At the park information desk i asked about Twin Falls, i was told that there was very little water at the falls, this made it easy for me to decide to give them a miss. As i was riding towards Jabiru there was very little to see, i assume you need to be into wetlands to fully appreciate Kakadu. I rode through Jabiru, then Hit the Kakadu Hwy heading for Pine Creek, and then onto my final destination, Litchfield National Park.
Kakadu had left me very unimpressed, granted i didn't get off the bike, obviously there is some spectacular stuff there, i just didn't see any of it!
In stark contrast Litchfield was beautiful as soon as you entered the park. I rode straight to Tolmer Falls, hoping that sunset suited photography there, i made it just in time to capture some great shots…
I then had to miss getting the sunset as i needed to find a camp site before the roo's came out to play. I rode to Wangi Falls campground, about 7 k's further up the road. This campsite rivaled Adels Grove as the best spot on the trip so far, great amenities and a stunning spot where you could stay for a couple of days at the base of a stunning pair of falls, and the best part was the swimming hole was safe, only freshwater crocs.
I finished the day with a can of baked beans, and a can of VB donated by my fellow travelers.
A perfect end to a great day...