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Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park Kakadu National Park is vast and empty. During the wet (we would say wet season, but the Australians just say "wet") the only way to see most of the park is by taking a scenic flight. The few roads that are open during the wet can be flooded in places. We also took a boat cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu's most famous wetland, which also had very high water levels.

We took a cruise in Katherine Gorge which is in Nitmiluk National Park. Normally, the gorge is only navigable in sections, but on the day we visited the water was so high that we could travel its entire length by jet boat. In addition to the waterfalls descending into the gorge, we saw crocodiles on its rocky ledges.

Water rushing in Katherine Gorge

Kununurra After crossing into Western Australia from the Northern Territory, we stayed in Kununurra. From this base, we took a sightseeing flight down to the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park and, the next day, cruised on Lake Argyle and down the Ord River. We were the only tourists in the entire national park when we hiked into Cathedral Gorge in the Bungle Bungles.

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