We’ve been there….

East Alligator River Crossing
aka Cahills Crossing.
Northern Territory Australia
Ford across East Alligator River where dangerous salt water crocodiles may be seen close – up or more safely from the track of the Manngarre Walk through a monsoon vine forest.

Something turned up on fb today that reminded me of a trip The Golfer and I took
up to the Northern Territory many years ago.
I wrote a little bit about it in another post HERE
(photos….which have deteriorated a bit…. were taken in 1992)

We drove from Melbourne to Adelaide
where we hitched a ride (both for us and the car) on The Ghan to Alice Spring
(It only went that far then)
and made our way on up the Stuart Highway to Darwin https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Highway.

We went out and about visiting as much as we could
Came across Cahills Crossing one day but decided not to cross
The water is tidal and deceptive. higher than you think
and the mention of ‘swimming handbags’ on signs
puts me off anything 😊

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-27/gary-lindner-cahills-crossing-crocodile-manager-kakadu/9786650


And this is what turned up in my feed that brought back that memory. The car in the video is going towards the high side, towards the side where I took my photos from.

18 thoughts on “We’ve been there….

    1. Far North Queensland is a beautiful place isn’t it. Glad you enjoyed your trip there.
      Oh and yes crocs and people don’t mix so best not to get too close !

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    1. After hearing about the infamous ford we were interested to see what it looked like Maggie. Just a concert road over the river, as you could see from my photos passable in the dry using a 4wheel drive. Not so even then in our sedan!

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    1. Indeed Cathy. We just had a look and left – being the dry there weren’t any crocs visible in that spot but there would’ve been further up river. Some of the videos online- like that one – are quite scary. Shows you how foolhardy some people can be in a known danger area

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    1. There certainly were EC. Luckily none visible the day we were there. We hadn’t intended crossing….just went for a look see. I didn’t go to the ‘waters edge’ just used the zoom to capture the other side.

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  1. There was a somewhat alarming splash at one point. i once saw a bird disappear from my sight with a splash, taken by a crocodile.

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    1. My head was going round and round looking at the video just like the passengers camera. Luckily we were there in the dry so the water was low and nothing in sight although I reckon there probably was one of two nearby. We saw ‘kills’ on the sunrise boat trip at Yellow River one early morning. Hands inside the boat, no fingers allowed to trail in the water! All good fun – glad we experienced it all those years ago.

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  2. Lots of things down here most Australians have never seen Cathy. With the way of the world at the moment I’m glad we got to do our travelling when we did.
    Being the dry season when we were there the river was low, not rushing like in that video. And there certainly weren’t any crocs visible- although there might have been some nearby.
    Quite an eye opener though!

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    1. I’ll pop over and have a look in the morning Ramana. I’ve lost the link to your blog so will have to remedy that at the same time.

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  3. I didn’t like looking at that. By the way, I’ve read A Town like Alice. Wonderful little book.

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    1. A bit confronting wasn’t it Joanne. Only the foolhardy would cross the ford with that many crocs in the water. Big trucks can still come to grief in the current.
      Thanks for the reminder of a book I keep saying I’ll read again.

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