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Motorcar Falls, Moline Rockhole and Boulder Creek in Kakadu

Motorcar Falls
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About Motorcar Falls (Motorcar Creek Walk), Moline Rockhole, Kurundie Falls and Boulder Creek in Kakadu National Park

About Motorcar Falls (Motorcar Creek Walk), Moline Rockhole, Kurundie Falls and Boulder Creek in Kakadu Australia

Where Is Motorcar Creek Walk
Distance: 11 km return
Time: 7 hours, long day walk
Grade: difficult, unmarked track
Carry a topographic map and compass, or a GPS. Camping permit required. This walk follows the Motor Car Falls walk to Motor Car Falls. Then an unmarked section follows Motor Car Creek downstream to a series of lower falls. The adventurous may continue along the creek to the South Alligator River. Estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles live in the river so do not swim there. Return the way you came. This walk is most enjoyable in the wet season. Motorcar Falls can be reached via the Yirrmikmik Walk. The walk takes you through woodlands peppered with termite mounds and is approximately 7.5 km. Motor car falls was named in 1946 when the first vehicle to drive into the area, reached the creek and could not pass through. A bridge has since been built.


Where Is Moline Rockhole
Moline Rockhole is a little known, but beautiful, small waterfall and rockhole just several kilometres from Goymarr Tourist Park . Goymarr Tourist Park is in the process of developing a walking track between the Tourist Park and Moline. It is not signposted so you will need to ask directions at the Visitor Information Centre. Moline offers safe swimming for much of the year but you must first check Visitor Information Centre that's our advice.


Where Is Kurundie Falls
Motor Car and Kurrundie Creek Circuit
Walk Distance: 14 km return
Time: 10 hours, overnight walk
Grade: difficult, unmarked track
Kurundie Falls is located approximately 2km from Motor Car falls and is also accessable along the Yirrmikmik Walk. Kurundie often attracts less visitors as many people do not take the time to walk the extra distance. Carry a topographic map and compass, or a GPS. Camping permit required. Follow the old vehicle track past Yurmikmik Lookout to Kurrundie Creek, then follow the creek upstream to Kurrundie Falls. At this spectacular place you may see ngalmirla-mirla (peregrine falcon) flying from the cliffs. Also keep an eye out for barrk (black wallaroo) amongst the rocks. Follow the creek downstream through more falls to the South Alligator River. Estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles live in the river so do not swim there. Return to the carpark by following Motor Car Creek to the old bridge and vehicle track.


Where Is Boulder Creek
Boulder Creek
Walk Distance: 2 km loop
Time: 45 minutes
Grade: moderate, marked track
Plum Tree Creek near the start of this walk is just a sandy creek bed during the dry season. It is named after mindu, the billygoat plum. Birn-birndok (striated pardalotes) and wirrirtwirrirt (rainbow bee-eaters) nest in the banks of this creek. After passing through open woodland the track leads to Boulder Creek, which is lined with a monsoon forest. Amongst the boulders are Garnbayn (fan palms). Listen and look for birds, like bukbuk (pheasant coucal). Feel the texture of the large sandstone and conglomerate boulders along the creek. Millions of years ago, the fine-grained sandstone was deposited as sand and silt under slow moving water. Pebbly conglomerates were laid down in fast flood waters. Follow the markers over the boulders across the creek and back to the carpark, or detour to the Yurmikmik Lookout.


Where Is Yurmikmik Lookout
Yurm ikm ik Lookout
Walk Distance: 5 km return
Time: 1 1/2 to 2 hours
Grade: moderate, marked track
This walk goes through open woodland up a stony ridge to the lookout where you can enjoy views over Jawoyn country. To the north and west are the southern ridges of Kakadu. The large sandstone hill to the northwest is Bornluk. Look along the road for the lush ribbon of vegetation growing along the South Alligator River. To the south is the high flat country of the Marrawal Plateau. Marrawal refers to the seasonally swampy uplands between the South Alligator River and the Katherine River. The trees at the lookout with yellow-green bark are dirringgil (gardenia). Mungguy eat their fruits and use the resin as glue. Smell the fragrant flowers in the dry season.

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  Parks & Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory

Head Office - Goyder Centre 25 Chung Wah Tce Palmerston, NT 0830
PO Box 496 Palmerston NT 0831
Ph: +61 (0) 8 8999 5511

  Crocodile Safety Information

Northern Australia is crocodile country. Therefore it is important to put awareness of crocodiles and safety at the top of your priority list when living in, working in or simply visiting crocodile habitat. Living with crocodiles is not difficult so long as you bear the following points in mind.• Always be aware that crocodiles may be present anywhere that there is water.
• Unless there is clear signage that it is safe to swim, assume that crocodiles may be present.
• Warning signs are there for your benefit! Ignoring them is foolish.
• Always check with local authorities and rangers whether an area is likely to contain crocodiles.
• If in doubt, always swim in designated swimming areas only.
• If there's no sign, don't go swimming.
• A spotlight or LED head-torch is strongly recommended at night so that any eyeshines can be seen, but a lack of eyeshines does not mean that it's safe to swim - crocodiles may be underwater.© We suggest you also visit a website called http://www.nt.gov.au/becrocwiseKakadu General Information There are many interesting places to discover in the area, but some things to remember too:
• Saltwater crocodiles inhabit the South Alligator River and are extremely dangerous. Do not risk your life, keep away from the waters edge.
• Freshwater crocodiles inhabit the area. Do not approach or interfere with them.
• Do not jump off rocks or cliffs as there are unseen dangers and accidents have resulted in death.
• Jim Jim Plunge Pool can be hazardous as the shallow water suddenly becomes deep.
• Use the toilets provided.
• Observe and enjoy the native animals, but do not disturb or feed them. Fishing is prohibited.
• Use fuel stoves in preference to open fires.
• If lighting open fires, collect firewood along the access road into Gunlom and use it sparingly. Use the fireplaces provided, attend fires at all times and extinguish them before you leave.
• Use the recycling facilities supplied and place all other rubbish in the bins. Remember, cigarette butts, orange peel and tissues are rubbish too.
• Sunscreen and insect repellent pollute waterways. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and hat as alternative protection.
• The mornings and evenings are the best times to walk and observe wildlife. For your own comfort and safety please keep to the marked tracks, wear a hat and sturdy shoes, and carry plenty of drinking water.Kakadu National Park - Seasons But Australia's Kakadu sees seasons of varied extremes -- so varied, in fact, that the park's longtime aboriginal inhabitants have divided the year into six distinct seasons.
• Kakadu Seasons - Gunumeleng Pre-Monsoon Storm Season - Gunumeleng, from mid-October to late December, may in fact last from a few weeks to several months.
• Kakadu Seasons - Gudjewg - Monsoon Season - Gudjewg, from January to March, can be described as the 'true' wet season.
• Kakadu Seasons - Banggereng - Knock 'em down storm Season - Banggerreng, in April, is the season when the rain clouds have dispersed and clear skies prevail.
• Kakadu Seasons - Yegge - Cooler but still humid Season - Yegge, from May to mid-June, is relatively cool with low humidity.
• Kakadu Seasons - Wurrgeng - Cold Weather Season - Wurrgeng, from mid-June to mid-August, is the 'cold weather' time; humidity is low, daytime temperatures are around 30°C and night-time temperatures are around 17°C.
• Kakadu Seasons - Gurrung - Hot Dry Weather - Gurrung, from mid-August to mid-October, is hot and dry.Seasons The dry season which is approximatley which is classed generally as May - October each year.Though in current year the wet has not set in till late December or January and then finishes mid April.Access To Jim Jim Gorge
The dry season which is approximatley which is classed generally as late June - October/November each year.
We recommend you contact the offical Bowali Vistors Centre for more information.Kakadu National Park - Swimming Are there certain times of the year that I can’t swim?
The seasonality of waterholes across the Northern Territory depend on the amount of rain throughout the year. NT Parks and Wildlife monitor water levels and erect signs advising visitors when it is safe to swim. Always obey sign posts. . How can you identify if a water-hole is safe to swim in?
Salt and freshwater crocodiles are found in most Top End billabongs and rivers, and are occasionally seen on remote beaches. The accessible rivers and billabongs are generally sign-posted if saltwater crocodiles are known to inhabit the area, but if you are not sure, don’t swim. Swim only where recommended and always observe and read the crocodile warning signs. Aren’t swimming spots hard to get to or only acesible as part of a tour?
All the swimming spots in Darwin, Litchfield National Park, Katherine, Mataranka and the MacDonnell Ranges are accessible by self-drive. A few locations are only accessible by four wheel-drive, such as Butterfly Gorge Nature Park and Tjaynera Falls in Litchfield National Park. Tour operators with swimming options include Adventure Tours Australia, Australian Pacific Touring, Connections Safaris, Odyssey Tours and Safaris and many more'.

Resources Links
• parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/
• environment.gov.au/parks/
• facebook.com/RoadReportNT
• roadreport.nt.gov.au/
• ntlis.nt.gov.au/roadreport/
• toiletmap.gov.au/
• travelnt.com/
• kakadu.com.au/access

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Motorcar Falls
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Motorcar Falls
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