Kakadu's smoky sunset

In Kakadu any time of year is good for watching the sunset - especially from the sandstone outliers of Ubirr and Nawurlandja. At this time of year, when the seasons are changing between Banggerreng and Yegge, and the Darwin woollybutt is flowering, we start to see smoke and fires dotted across the landscape, cleaning up country. The dramatic sunsets are hazy and smoky. Burrunggui (Nourlangie) changes from orange to red as the sun drops below the horizon. Fire slowly licks around the base of this spectacular outlier forming a bright red ring of light as the sky fades to dark blue and grey. From Ubirr, sitting on ancient sandstone and looking out over the youthful floodplains, the crackle and hiss of burning grasses below is surprisingly loud. The end of another day in paradise.

Meg, Seasonal ranger, Kakadu National Park

Join Meg and her fellow seasonal rangers for free guided walks, talks and cultural activities from now until October 2013 at Kakadu National Park.

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