I heard dingos howling during the night. It must have been a whole pack of them. One would start then they all joined in and it went for about a minute. Rather freaky. It happened several times.
It was nice to get up and relax, not have to pack up and get on the road. It was cool till the sun came up and then it got very hot very fast.
We did a tour of the Ranger Uranium Mine just out of Jabiru. It was very interesting and comprehensive. The mine produces 10% of the world’s uranium. It is set right in the middle of the national park which looks very out of place. When the mine is exhausted (in about 10 years) the mine site will be filled in and the area revegetated and returned to the park owners.
Ranger Uranium mine
We had lunch in Jabiru, which is a very small town. Only people with jobs there are allowed to live there.
Another swim to cool off and Doug and I went out to Ubirr, while Scott went Barramundi fishing with strict instructions to bring back our dinner!
The road to Ubirr (unbeknown to us) had only just been opened after the rain, and before long we came to water over the road.
This wasn’t just a giant puddle, like at Litchfield, this was flowing water. I remembered to put my visor down this time and made it across ok, just wet!
Then a second, bigger, longer water crossing.
I’m getting braver now!
We detoured down to a boat ramp where there was a man fishing, and then had an ice cream at the Border Store. Just as we finished a crew started burning off the roadside vegetation and suddenly the whole place was inundated with smoke. We left quickly.
Ubirr was incredible. Spectacular formations and views, stunning scenery. Rock paintings adorned many of the rock faces. We walked all around and climbed to the highest point where we could see the wetlands stretching out before us. What an amazing and spiritual place! I took lots of photos, but they really can’t do it justice...
Rock art at Ubirr
The view from the plateau at Ubirr
We made our way back, safely crossing the water again. After a swim it was just a matter of waiting for Scott to return with our dinner. Sadly, whilst he had a great time, he came back empty handed and we had to be content with vegies for dinner.
As I’d been walking across the campground by torchlight I noticed all these tiny twinkling ‘lights’ in the grass. There were dozens of them and they sort of sparkled in the light. My curiosity finally got the better of me and I had a closer look to see what they were. Spiders!! The sparkling bit: their eyes. I wished I hadn’t looked.
Today’s distance: 110km