Warning - image heavy post!
Botanic Gardens. First impressions of Darwin: it's hot. So very hot. Did I mention that it's hot? No seriously, the heat was a serious impediment to our touristing activities.
my mom and I
On our second day up north we drove to Litchfield Park. It was absolutely beautiful up there, but even hotter than Darwin because it's inland. This made it pretty hard to go for the walks and hikes that I had thought we could do. Instead, we went for really slow meanders with lots of stops.
Florence Falls. Although Litchfield has several swimming holes and waterfalls, every single one of them except for Florence Falls was closed due to crocodiles. You see, we went in wet season and this had all sorts of repercussions we didn't anticipate. Wet season is the hottest time of the year, and the wettest (go figure). This abundance of rain means that the saltwater crocodiles have a field day and the areas that they usually don't/can't enter they now can. As my friend Kellie, who lived in Kakadu National Park for a year, explained: "It's the salties [saltwater crocodiles] that you have to worry about. The freshwater crocs are pretty much vegetarian." Me: "What do you mean pretty much?" As you will see in the sign below, even freshwater crocodiles can become aggressive, but most people ignore this. Anyway, although visiting in wet season did limit our swimming options it did make for some spectacular vistas.
That's me in the front waving to my mom.
Kakadu National Park
At the end of this really well laid out loop that takes you by some of the area's art, you can climb up to the top of Ubirr rock for a bird's eye view of the park. This was definitely the highlight of my trip.
* I'm away camping right now, but I hope you enjoyed this pre-scheduled post. xx