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The Mamukala Wetlands have a wheel chair accessible bird hide with information placards about the six seasons of Kakadu and the birds
that come in each of these climates. We saw mostly marsh hens who were grazing in the shallow near the bird hide. Walks
of up to three kilometres can be taken along the edge of the wetlands. The Mamukala Wetlands is accessed from the
Arnhem Highway 29 kilometres west of the Ubirr road junction.
Kakadu National Park - Mamukala Bird Hide and the South Alligator River
After crossing several branches and tributaries of the South Alligator River, we passed the Northern Entrance Information Site and
soon sadly left Kakadu National Park. Nine days was not enough to do the park justice, but we had seen a variety of the features
on offer, from the scarp and waterfalls to the vast plains and wetlands filled with wildlife, Aboriginal rock paintings and culture
Farewell to wonderful Kakadu.
The Gungarre Rainforest Walk is a 3.6 kilometre walk through monsoon rainforest and open woodland to a small pontoon on Angurrapal
Billabong. This walk remains open in the wet season and is a good opportunity to see wetlands at their most spectacular,
although the pontoon may not always be accessible depending on water levels. The walk starts near the private accommodation
of Aurora Kakadu which is not far to the west of the South Alligator River bridge. We'll save that one for a wet season visit.
Shortly after leaving Mamukala, we crossed the South Alligator River via a high bridge. There is a large parking and picnic
area and boat ramp west side of the bridge. The river here is wide and the tidal surge was racing in, although from the
wet muddy sides of the river, it still had quite way to go. Mud skippers hopped in the moist light grey mud. Again we
saw large crocodiles in the river here. Two years later a woman went missing from this very spot; see the news report
on the crocodiles page.
Wallabies could be seen at one end of the lagoon, and a crocodile was out in the centre of the wetland.
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