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Kakadu/Mary River

5th Feb- 8th Feb 2013

sunny 38 °C

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Mary River, Kakadu and Bark Hut Inn

We left Darwin and Headed for Kakadu. Because we had Tyso with us, we decided to stay at Mary River Caravan Park, which is right on the edge of Kakadu, about a 110km drive to the visitor center. We got up early, left the old mate in the air con and ventured off to the world famous Kakadu.

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We were both extremely disappointed with Kakadu. Nearly three quarters of the roads were closed, due to the wet season, even though the Kakadu web site strongly recommends to visit during the wet. We honestly felt like a number walking into the tourist information center where none of the staff could be bothered been there let alone to help you out.

With an entrance fee of $25 dollars to the park per person, which I wish I didn’t pay, we got to visit 1 gorge. The place was amazing, with incredible rock art, with a beautiful walk. It moved both Jenna and I to see a real Aboriginal site where the people used to live and socialize.
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The best thing about staying at Mary River, is it was also close to the world famous Barramundi fishing spot called Shady Camp. That is until I get there its world famous!!! I have heard people describe the place as “like shooting fish in a barrel” but I couldn’t catch a thing. My excuse is, it’s the worst wet season in 42 years, so the old fella’s say, and shady camp is a famous “Run Off” spot with really need to be fished after or during the wet. Basically, no rain equals no fish. Just my fishing luck.
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We headed out to a gagudju caravan/park/lodge for lunch. They had a nice outdoor eating area with good meals reasonably priced. We couldn’t stay there as no dogs allowed.
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We also stayed a night at the Bark Hutt Inn. This is just a road house with a pub, with some accommodation out the back. It was nice, with good gardens and shady clean sites. They had some farm animals chickens/ dugs/ emus/ water buffalo on site, however the area wasn’t well kept, it was very dirty and the little amount of water the animals had was brown and dirty.

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Posted by Jenaben 28.03.2013 18:37 Archived in Australia Tagged darwin kakadu mary_river jabiru

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