The Best Easter Week Ever!April 18th, 2012 0 Comments
So, Zee and I had a lot of time off around Easter. We took off the Friday before, and both of our jobs kindly gave all of their employees Monday off as well! We figured while we were at it, we might as well take off Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and the following Friday. Then, oh hey! Look at that! It’s the weekend again! What a treat to have over a week of holiday pay and PTO to spend some time exploring our homeland!
I know, I know… I am supposed to be saving for my UK trip, but my mate Pippa said I am not allowed to step foot in the United Kingdom until I make an effort to see Titanic. Nope, I have never seen it! I can’t be the only one, can I? Anywho, we have been very thrifty kids, so we decided it would be okay to splurge on a little trip for the holiday. My mum took Jas and Oni (those are our dogs for any new readers out there), and sent us on our way.
As I have mentioned before, and most people already know, a car rental in Australia is pretty much a must if you want to get anywhere. We don’t really need a car living in the heart of Brisbane, so we like to get a rental for any trips that don’t require flying. Are you curious as to where we went yet? Kakadu National Park! It is a pretty long drive, but we are troopers and managed to get there in just under two days! (Remember that song that goes, “Baby, you can sleep while I drive?” It was pretty much like that.)
It was quite toasty and humid for most of our trip, but it didn’t bother either of us. We were just so happy to spend time outdoors! It was a nice change from spending most of my days under cars covered in stinky grease and oil. (Don’t get me wrong, I love my job! But after smelling that stuff all day every day, a little fresh air does a girl good).
One of our favorite parts of the trip was the Aboriginal Culture Cruise along the East Alligator River. It felt much cooler gliding down the river than it did on dry land, and the scenery was absolutely breathtaking. As most of you know, Zee and I are both huge animal lovers, and I am the world’s biggest bird-nerd, and as the river is considered an IBA (Important Bird Area), this was a real treat for me. They say more than five million waterbirds live around the rivers. Five million!!! We certainly didn’t see quite that many birds, but we did see two crocodiles! I have never been so afraid of falling into the water in my life! They are intimidating creatures, that is for sure, but so beautiful.
Another thing that Kakadu is known for, besides being gorgeous and housing a wide variety of flora and fauna, is the insane amount of Aboriginal art. Seriously, everywhere you turn you will spot something. There are rock carvings, paintings, animal prints, and all sorts of cool artifacts, like tools and old shelters. The history behind some of the art is really amazing and filled with stories of magic and sorcery.
Overall we spent five days camping, hiking, boating, sightseeing and exploring, and it was amazing. It took us three days to get home, and Jasper and Onyx freaked out when they saw mommy walk in the door. My boys sure did miss me, and I missed them too. They are a lot more cuddly than crocodiles.
I think Kakadu is one of my favorite spots on the continent. If you are going to be visiting Australia, I highly suggest checking it out. After you stop in Brisbane, of course!