Nourlangie or Ubirr
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 9, 2013 4:27 PM Last Post By: ForestPerson
Feb 7, 2013 3:14 AM
Nourlangie or UbirrHi everyone,
I'm going to be in Australia in September, and I'm doing a tour of Kakadu/Litchfield, while I'm there.
I've got one question that I'm really hoping some seasoned Kakadu travellers may be able to help with:
The company running the tour have asked whether we'd rather make a stop at Nourlangie or Ubirr - this was prompted by me asking them specifically about Nourlangie. I've grown up loving that iconic image of the Nourlangie Rock at the edge of the escarpment, so I was really keen to go there - but the company normally includes Ubirr instead, and I've seen a number of websites describing Ubirr as possibly the best place in Kakadu.
We can only do one - so does anybody have a recommendation as to whether it's better to go to Nourlangie or Ubirr?
Thanks a lot!
Feb 7, 2013 5:02 AM
Have been to both and if you are not used to the heat combined with the humidity, September through to December can be a killer. For that reason and the fact that from memory the walk is shorter, feels more shady, and because I reckon it is just better anyway, I recommend Ubirr. Love sitting on top of the escarpment looking over the flood plain (not that there will be much water in September).
Feb 7, 2013 10:42 AM
2Thanks Darwin - appreciate the warning. I'm fairly used to high temp and humidity, but I'll definitely take the usual precautions.
Feb 7, 2013 10:44 AM
3That said, I had thought that going in September I would be in Kakadu before the worst of the heat - is that not correct?
Feb 7, 2013 12:32 PM
Feb 8, 2013 3:26 AM
5I personally find the build up the worst part of the heat. IMO September to December are the worst months, because there is no afternoon storm to cool everything down. just my own opinion of course.
I'd go Ubirr too..
Feb 9, 2013 4:21 AM
6I have been to both and I guess it depends which one's strengths appeal the most. I loved the walk to Nourlangie and the aboriginal art and the impact of that big rock overhang with its colours. Ubirr also has art which didn't impress me as much but the tours often go so you can climb up and be there for sunset, so that is special. You will enjoy either one--they are both impressive. I probably preferred Nourlangie, but I was glad I didn't have to pick one over the other.
Feb 9, 2013 4:27 PM
7What people like best can be so objective... but if you have been thinking about Nourlangie for a long time, I'd go there. It will have a bigger impact on you because it is the place you associate with Kakadu and you'll get that satisfying sense of actually being in this place you have been imagining.
Coober PedyBook now
(4 star Hotel)
From US$150.78 per night
The WestBook now
(4 star Hotel)
From US$136.16 per night
Port MacquarieBook now
(0 star Hotel)
From US$22.66 per night