We made stop at Mamukala Wetlands to have a better understanding of the biodiversity and how the people and animals here adapt to seasonal floods or without rain for months.
The journey continued off the main road and approached an off trail which we were bouncing up and down in the 4WD for a couple of minutes. We got off the vehicle and followed our Guide on an 8-KM hike deep into the nature reserve. We had some good climb on the gigantic rocks getting up to a magnificent lookout of Kakadu National Park. We also had the opportunity to get so close see some ancient aboriginal rock arts which taking pictures of them is strictly forbidden.
Tonight is our camping night and embarrassingly, we underestimated Aussie camping and over prepared for the experience. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we looked inside our “tent”. I would term this as “glamping” instead of camping. You can’t camp anywhere you like in National Park and only in designated campsite which is well equipped with modern “luxury” such as communal bathroom, flushing toilets, coin operated washing machines, communal kitchens and dining area, etc. It was a lovely experience and such kind of camping in tropical weather is surely welcome.
The next day, we had shorter hiking, more walking though. The hike up to Nawurlandja Lookout and Gunwarrdehwarrdeh Lookout gave a different perspective of Kakadu. There are also more aboriginal arts on this side of the national park. Our Guide explained to us in details on the significance on the rock arts that left us in awe. The later afternoon was spent in a secluded water hole, hidden from most public hikers and we had a fantastic soak/swim. The natural pool dip was refreshing after a hot day in the outdoors.
A wetland cruise was planned in the afternoon. Along with an experience wetland park ranger, we cruise down the Yellow Water Billabong taking in many bird sightseeing at close distance and looking out for crocodiles that seems to be take shade from the sun.
The first waterfall dip/swim today at a secluded location.
We bade farewell to Kakadu National Park and took a 2-hour drive in our 4WD to Litchfield National Park. Enroute, a stop was made to see the famous gigantic termite mounds as we entered into Litchfield National Park. We learnt these termite mounds are not the same as those termites we are familiar with. Some are around 100 years old and standing at 2 metres tall.
It was a very relaxing day as we continued to visit Wangi Falls and took a walk to Wangi Loop Walk. There were crocodile sightings recently so Wangi Falls was out of bounds for swimming. Instead we dipped/swam at Florence Falls – a cascading twin falls that looks amazing from the top.
Our hiking expedition ended with a visit to Buley Rockhole which we concluded it was a fabulous way to end the trip. It’s plenty of natural jacuzzi water holes were such an excellent body recharge after 3 days.
The Top End’s tropical climate allows for a year-round outdoor lifestyle, which locals and visitors are renowned for making the most of it. The best time to visit is during the dry season which fall during May to October with warm, dry sunny days and cool nights. During this time of the year, temperatures generally range from 21°C to 32°C, and humidity levels are also much lower. It is the perfect time to explore the more remote areas of the region that can be off-limits during the wet season. And if you are missing Singapore’s weather, head over to visit during the wet season (November to April). Of course you will be rewarded with plenty of waterfall tumbles.