Jabiru was town busy with tourists. There were several resorts and caravan parks, although the town is principally accommodation
for the Ranger Uranium mine with the company owning all the houses. The Ranger mine is eight kilometres from Jabiru. We
returned to the
Crocodiles were cruising the murky waters and disappeared from sight when they dropped below the surface. Despite warning signs, fishermen stood on the crossing and children played on the rocks at the edge, with fishing parents seeming oblivious to what the children were doing or to the crocodiles lurking close by them. There have been many incidents including fatalities in 1987 and in 2017. Park Rangers estimate there are 100 - 120 crocodiles within two kilometres of Cahills Crossing. We did not see any fish caught by the fishermen; only by the crocodiles.
Ubirr is a small settlement near the
We took the Mannagarre rain forest loop walk which is alongside the river northwards from near the Border Store. There was a large fruit bat colony near the river. Other walks in the area include the Bardedjilidji sandstone loop walk of 2.5 kilometres which leaves near the upstream boat ramp. There are further sandstone and river walk extensions.
We crossed part of the Jabiluka Mining Tenement. The only Uranium mining currently taking place within the leases is further
south at the Ranger mine a short distance east of Jabiru. The Jabiluka lease, although no longer being mined, is not included
The name Mudginberri on a gate triggered my memory Ė there was a story. This dispute involves the Mudginberri,
Extract from The Mudginberri Dispute
The industrial saga that unfolded involved 27 court hearing over the two years 1983 - 1985, with the final toll being the eventual demise of all abattoirs in the Northern Territory and the bankrupting of the AMIEU (Australian Meat Industry Employees Union) over damages claims from Mudginberri Abattoir. Both the Federal Government and the Farmers Federation were criticised over their roles. There were no winners.
Cahillís Crossing is a rock lined concrete causeway across the tidal river and is the access road to go to Oenpelli and further into
A permit is required to enter
Some vehicles waited for the tide to subside, but some drivers crossed as the water deepened. One fisherman remained, casting his line towards the crocodiles.
The tidal surge could be seen coming around in the bend of the river, and it wasnít long before crocodiles were crossing the road in the shallow water to line up at the upstream side to await a feed of barramundi which were also soon crossing the causeway. A splash was all that could be seen as the crocodiles snatched the fish.
The crossing was bathed in smoke from fires the other side of the river. We would return to the crossing to watch the tide coming in from a viewing platform above the river.