Monday, 29 July 2013

Crocodiles galore - East Alligator river

Another glorious day in the Northern Territory.
Just the day for the Guluyambi tour of East Alligator river...

beyond the savannah grasslands beside the East Alligator River which is the border between Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land.

The warning signs about crocodiles.

All aboard.
 Downstream to the only vehicle crossing on the river.
This is the border crossing from Kakadu to Arnhem Land.

 Gentle little side streams - who is lurking there?

The rugged escarpment of the Arnhem plateau in the distance.
It is great to see these from the river after having flown above yesterday.

We saw 41 crocodiles today.
Some were sleeping, some were on the move and some were smiling.

Our very informative guide for the day, Neville.
We are safe in his boat.

 Ah, another one.

 We come ashore on the Arnhem land banks of the river.
There is an amazing sense of peace.
 Look carefully and you will see the wiggle of a crocodile's tail in the sand.
 Neville tells us about life in Arnhem land.
He shows us how to throw a spear with a woomera and talks about natural history and food sources.
He mixed ochre rock with water to show us how the paint pigment is formed.
We saw ancient aboriginal rock paintings.

And a modern one at the National park.
This shows the seasons.

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