There are a few places more towards Kakadu that me and the Aussie have been meaning to visit for ages and I had heard such good things about them I wanted to get out there to explore. Due to the long weekend for ANZAC Day we decided to head out on the road yesterday to see what we could see.
We did everything in a day topped off by some star gazing with the Aussie’s Brother but there is so much to talk about i’m going to break the posts down in to 2 or 3 I think.
Our plan was to head to the Mary River and then back to Darwin via Corroboree.
When we got towards Mary River we saw a sign for the Bark Hut Inn so carried on about 2km down the road and paid a visit. The Inn is about half way between Darwin and Kakadu on the Arnhem Highway.
I’m really glad we went as it was a really interesting place to visit. The hut was built when hunting buffalo and crocodile was much more popular in the Northern Territory. There are proper trucks used when catching the buffalo so you can see how wild it must have been racing around in that with just handles to hold on to.
They also have a pair of buffalo’s who enjoy grazing on the land called Jack and Jill. They were very sweet looking and didn’t seem to mind living with the grumpy looking birds (Emu’s maybe?)!
There was also information about things like Darwin’s involvement during World War 2 and the cattle industry around the Inn as well as famous travellers.
I also really liked that they have a wall where tourists and members of staff have written messages about their time at the hut. The messages seemed to be from all over and it amused me that people could say absolutely anything but many involved the word “f**k”, very charming!
We stopped for brunch and the staff were all very nice and helpful so it is definitely a good place for a stop if your visiting Mary River or even heading on further towards Kakadu on the Arnhem Highway.