Kakadu National Park

Claire’s Australian Adventure

I certainly hit the ground running on my recent trip to Australia! A jam packed itinerary included 4 nights Northern Territories, and 4 nights South Australia.

Flying into Darwin, just 4 and a half hours from Singapore, we began a 2 night/3-day tour of Kakadu National Park, Katherine & Litchfield National Park. We trekked to Gunlom, sailed on the Yellow Water Billabong in search of crocodiles and we were successful! We also spotted Jaberu, Koromaru, and a Jacamar bird with its 3 chicks.  We visited Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and had a 2 hour Aboriginal Cultural Experience at Top Didj and met a lovely Aboriginal man called Manuel who gave us an insight to his culture and early life, followed by an Aboriginal Art painting lesson. My favourite hotel was the Cicada Lodge, and from there we visited the Nitmiluk Gorge on a sunset dinner cruise.

If that wasn’t enough wildlife, we then flew South to Adelaide and another adventure began. A fun EcoCaddy tour of the city, finishing off at the famous Adelaide Oval, were took part in the Roof Climb – covering 1.2km, we started on the Oval’s Western stand, then onto the link bridge to the iconic Riverbank stand – I nearly turned back when I saw the open staircase leading even higher to the Riverbank stand! But I carried and was so glad I did.

The next 2 days were out of this world as we flew 30 minutes across to Kangaroo Island – over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves and we certainly saw plenty of wildlife. Sea lions, Koalas, Kangaroos, New Zealand fur seal to name a few, and of course the breathtaking sights of Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Vivonne Bay. Our final day of this crazy itinerary was the wine region of Barossa – within an hours drive out of Adelaide. We visited the world famous Jacob’s Creek, Seppeltsfield Wines & Langmeil Winery, and managed to sample a few different wines on the way.

All in all, a very busy trip but I loved every minute of it being able to learn about parts of Australia that I was a little unfamiliar with.