All packed up, another year over! Happy New Year!

Hey, the Culture Camp’s all closed up and we’re having a big holiday. I wish! Jenny and Fred have gone back to work as Kakadu Park Rangers over the ‘wet’ season, Douglas is working as a carpenter on houses out bush, and I’ve been driving the school bus around Kakadu’s remote Aboriginal communities. I’ve also been busy touring in our new Toyota 4WD with quite a few Europeans coming through, and I guided a lovely family from New Zealand around Kakadu on Boxing Day. Yesterday my 7 year old daughter Catherine and I went to Darwin to work for the luxury cruise ship Nautica. In port for only six hours before the boat headed off to Thursday Island, they loaded eight big buses and headed in all directions. We were tour guides on the coach that was booked on the Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile cruise and we all had great fun, especially Catherine who got a US$10 tip! We’ve had a huge year in 2009. As well as being flat out with the tour, we’ve worked with heaps of film crews and journalists; then Jenny won the 2009 Indigenous Tour Guide in Australia, and the Camp won Ecotourism 2009 Indigenous Culture Tour, and a few others as well! Apart from that we’ve been busy servicing all our gear so we’re all ready to set up the camp again in 2010. One thing we can’t stop is our bath room/shower block at Muirella Park Campground going under water for the next four months. One thing about Kakadu is if you want to live right next to the water in the ‘dry’ season (May-October), then you will be under water in the ‘wet’ season! Meantime we’ve moved back to our small community on Kakadu’s Bowali Creek. It’s New Years Eve tomorrow night and Jenny’s going to cook the turkey she didn’t get to cook over Christmas! She’s been on a ten day straight roster with the Kakadu Park Service and it’ll be her first chance to put her feet up over the festive season. We’re all looking forward to 2010, especially our new 3 day tour in partnership with Aussie Adventure, “Kakadu Culture Camp 4WD Safari”. There’s 3 departures a week from Darwin, which is great if you want to stay at our camp but don’t have a vehicle, and you really want to be looked after (I’m the cook!). You’ll get to do our Kakadu by Night tour and a heap of other great Kakadu sites as well, including Yellow Water and JimJim Falls. Stay tuned for details on how to book the new tour which starts in May next year. We are starting to book tours for Kakadu by Night and safari tent accommodation for 2010 and it’s looking busy so if you want to enquire or even just say G’Day e-mail me at Happy New Year! Cheers, Andy.

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