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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Watery Wednesday at Cahills Crossing

East Alligator River Crossing
aka Cahills Crossing
Northern Territory

Ford across East Alligator River where dangerous salt water crocodiles may be seen close - up or more safely from the track of the Manngarre Walk through a monsoon vine forest.

These photos were taken many years ago
in the Northern Territory
on a trip Dh and I took in 1992

We drove from Melbourne to Adelaide
where we hitched a ride
(both for us and the car)
on The Ghan to Alice Springs
- it only went that far then-
and made our way on up the Stuart Highway to Darwin

We came home slowly down 'the track'
visiting as much as we could along the way

Came across Cahills Crossing one day but didn't venture across
As the water is tidal and deceptive
its higher than you think
and the mention of 'swimming handbags'
on signs puts me off anything

click photos to enlarge 

Away from home for over a month
- it was a 'big birthday trip' for me -
we had a marvellous time
and will do it all again one day

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  1. This looks like an interesting trip in the Northern Territory! I live on the Mornington Peninsula and the furthest west I have been is Adelaide some years ago!

  2. Oh how wonderful! The concept of saltwater crocodiles is one that is quite difficult to grasp, isn't it? Being a Malaysian (lost in the UK), I grew up seeing and avoiding them in rivers and lakes. But never saltwater area...how bizarre!

  3. Looks like you had a fab trip. I sooo want to visit your side of the world but I just am not patient enough to last the plane journey!

  4. Looks to me like you had a wonderful trip.

    Here's Mine

  5. Can't say I would blame you for not going across.

  6. Oh Cathy, How I LOVE the territory !! Darwin in the dry...beautiful. We worked in the NT for 4 years and debated if we should sell our Adelaide property and move to Alice Springs permanently. Too late now..too old for that. Once you have lived in the REAL outback for a while, it calls you to come back, tugs at the heartstrings if you know what I mean. When I say REAL outback...where we were was 700km south west from Alice Springs, cant get much more isolated than that !! Heaven.

  7. Wow, a fun trip away from home. Great photos! A month is great. I would like to be off work for a month.

  8. Hi Cathy!

    what a lovely trip that was for your birthday. I really like to explore the top end. Maybe someday..

    Thanks for the visit

  9. Very nice shots Cathy, thanks for sharing.

    All the best
    Regina In Pictures

  10. dont think I would cross there
    interesting shots, thanks for showing!

  11. I would definitely not attempt to cross, the sign said it all for me. What fun to have a month long adventure.

  12. On our first trip to Australia, we stayed up in Cape Tribulation, and saw one crocodile! Would we have passed over Cahill's Crossing once leaving here? It seems to ring a bell. x


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