Wildlife Tourism Field Trips in the Top End October 2013
Photos courtesy of Araucaria Ecotours
Sea Darwin networking sunset cruise
I got a fright when the lady pointed out the boat
‘We’re sailing in THAT???’
But what I was looking at was an Indonesian vessel once used for ‘people smuggling’ and now used for army exercises.
The Sea Darwin was the lovely little boat just behind it.
We were soon on our way with captain Jim Smith, who kindly donated proceeds for this networking evening with Sea Darwin to Wildlife Tourism Australia as his sponsorship for the workshop. He also offered discounts to delegates for other cruises before and after the workshop.
As we bumped and splashed through the waves I remarked to one of the delegates it was more exhilarating than any of the rides I took my grandson on at the Gold Coast theme parks
Along the way we stopped to pick up vice chair Denise Goodfellow and her adopted daughter-in-Law Stephanie, originally from Arnhem Land, once a very active member of her community but now disabled by a genetic illness
Wildlife included a darter, a reef egret (or reef heron), blue-winged kookaburra, brahminy kite and lots of hermit crabs scurrying around in their borrowed mollusc shells
Soon we were learning to extract and spin fibres for weaving from native hibiscus …
… socialising with drinks and nibbles …
… and learning to throw spears
and were entertained by the didgeridoo (although it has a different name here) on the way back to Darwin
Then it was off to the Pudakul Indigenous culture centre
Two of our new WIldlife Tourism Australia committee members (Fiona and Maree) have a go at it
More lessons in spear-throwing
A delicious meal cooked underground
Many thanks Pudakul for this great experience!
Arnhem Land and Kakadu
We had to rise at 3.00am to reach the Alligator River crossing well before high tide – no way did we want to be stuck there halfway across with waters rising and saltwater crocodiles swimming around us!
We did of course want to see the crocs though, so we stopped on the Kakadu side of the river to look for them from a safe vantage point high on the bank. We weren’t disappointed. Several of them were either resting on the shore or in the water.