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Australia - 2005-06-16 - 5 - Kakadu National Park - Jabiru - Ubirr (Sayoko) (Page 1)

After the time at Jabiru we went to the extreme northeast of the park to the main attraction. This was sold as the best place in the park & it was. It had the nicest rock, best views & nicest setup. This was both Sayoko's & my favorite place we stopped in the park. The first 2 pages are mainly pictures of the rock art area of the park. At the end of the second page, third page & fourth page are the part of the walk where you get away from the rock are & to the lookout. It is by far the best part of the walk, the view from the lookout is great, you can really see the surrounding area. We spent a long time here. We knew it was our last place on the trip. When we got back to the parking lot of course the truck would not start & the parking lot was flat so we were stuck. This was the last jump we needed, but it was the hardest to get. Even with the most people around, the people simply would not help. I finally convinced this one guy, even against his wife's saying, that we only needed 2 minutes of his time. He gave us the jump & we were set for the trip back to Darwin. All of these pictures are from Sayoko's camera.

Now there are some things I need to say. First, I understand that their is a great history for the Aboriginal people in their rock art. I am sure it must be incredibly difficult to write on rock. But the truth is that it is not very impressive. Yes there are a "few" drawings which are nice. There are also points where I bet a fifth grader could have came up with something more interesting & painted better. There are spots where there is just stick men & it is a big deal. I am sure there is some kind of religious or spiritual angle I am not understanding. It is probably my own problem & I tried really hard to find this interesting, it just was not. Almost all of the paintings look the same I think the nature was so much better. Here is another thing, Kakadu National Park is billed as this great park, top 5 in Australia, the reason to go to Darwin. In my opinion anyone who thinks that has probably been to no more than 5 parks in Australia. I am not trying to offend anyone, but it would not even make my top 40 & yes I was to more than 40 parks, check if you want :) Litchfield is called little Kakadu, in my opinion Litchfield is 5 times the park that Kakadu is. I did enjoy my time there & saw interesting things. On the downside, there are so many flies & mosquitos. Also the weather is unbearably hot & humid. Kakadu is the most overrated attraction in all of Australia.

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