|Our Campsite in Kakadu|
We went on a day and evening tour with a guide and a local Aboriginal lady called Patsy. We had to drive to Yellow Water and then we were taken out into the National Park on a Safari Truck where Patsy taught us how to find food in the bush. We learned how to find bush carrots by finding a vine with special flowers on it and following it down to the ground, where she would dig the carrot up with her digging stick.
|Dad Searching for Bush Carrots with Patsy|
We found these by breaking up the dried mud in some waterholes with hammers which was really hard work as the mud had set like a rock. This made me very thirsty but we were lucky as mum had some water and museli bars for us. Aboriginal women and children would spend hours walking around in the bush everyday searching for food to feed their families while the men were out hunting for kangaroos, turtle, snakes and other types of meat.
Patsy also showed us how to find green ants. They make their nests in leaves and live high up in the trees, you then pull the branch down and get the nest in your hands and bang your hands together to smash the ants up. We tasted them and they taste like lemons, when we were eating them some of their legs were still moving. Charlotte tried a special wood grub but I didn't try it as it looked disgusting and she said it wasn't that nice.
|Charlottes's Wood Grub that she ate|
|Charlotte and I plucking the Magpie Geese|
|Cutting the Paperbark from the Tree to wrap our dinner in|
|Patsy burnt the left over feathers off the Magpie Geese|
|Our dinner for the night before we covered it with Paperbark|
|Patsy teaching us how to make string from the palm trees|
When our dinner was ready we sat down and watched the sunset over the wetlands, it was absolutely amazing and their was thousands of birds taking off and landing on the water and it looked spectacular. We then headed back to the town where Patsy gave us some torches so we could shine them out through the Safari truck so we could see the night life.
|Mum and Dad in the Sunset over Kakadu|
Our last day in Kakadu we went on a trek visiting ancient aboriginal rock art sites. We had a fantastic tour guide who explained what all of the different rock art meant and all of the aboriginal stories behind them.
|The Aboriginal Rock Art|