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Day 113 - Sunday 26 August 2012

Jabiru

Jabiru is quite a small town and would not exist without the nearby Ranger Uranium Mine. They have a Police Station, a Medical Centre, a supermarket, a newsagent, a bank, a service station, a bakery, two tourist lodges and a caravan park, and not much else. We started the day with a visit to the supermarket and the newsagent for essentials, and a visit to the nearby National Park Visitors Centre for our Park Passes - $25 each for 14 days - Territorians get in free!

After lunch we drove out to Cahill's Crossing to see the tide come in - 90 kms from the coast. When we got there there were plenty of fishers chasing the barramundi, some with plenty of success. Those fishing from the crossing have to keep a good lookout for crocodiles, as there were plenty about, both upstream and downstream from the crossing. About an hour after we got there the tide came in and the East Alligator River started to flow upstream. The crossing is quite busy and while we were there one vehicle raced across the crossing and got all the fishers wet.

Di on the road to Cahill's Crossing

Di on the road to Cahill's Crossing

View from the road

View from the road

Rocky outcrops

Rocky outcrops

More rocky outcrops

More rocky outcrops

Looking down the road

Looking down the road

Cahill's Crossing 1 hour before high tide water flowing downstream

Cahill's Crossing 1 hour before high tide water flowing downstream

A salty taking the sun

A salty taking the sun

Local tour operator

Local tour operator

Do you think that it is big enough?

Do you think that it is big enough?

I think that I'll keep it

I think that I'll keep it

Approaching high tide - water now flowing upstream

Approaching high tide - water now flowing upstream

An aboriginal group were fishing from a sand-bank on the other side of the river. They were using hand lines and one was using a net. Each time the net was cast it seemed to land at his feet, but on one cast he pulled out 2 barramundi.

Aboringinals fishing with hand lines and a net

Aboringinals fishing with hand lines and a net

Casting the net

Casting the net

Pulling in the catch

Pulling in the catch

Another hot day at 37 degrees - we have the airconditioner running all day now to keep the van cool. To finish the day we went over to the Bistro for a couple of drinks and dinner, we both had Scotch Fillet with roast herbed potatoes and vegetables which was very nice - just as well as it cost $39 each.

Posted by TwoAces 17:55

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