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Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:56 am Post subject: Kakadon't
A Kakadu tourist operator was telling me last year that the lack of access to Kakadu - tracks closing early and opening late - was costing him a fortune in lost business, and that many tourists and fishos were unhappy.
The tourist that was quoted in the paper was a caravan sporting grey nomad, who cares if they don't go to Kakadu. Kakadu is not for everyone, you make the effort and get to out of the way areas and it is awesome. It is not a place suited to high volume access, there are no massive caravan parks, few shops and everything is hard to get to. I think its better that way, every time I go there its never crowded and I love that.
Imagine they sealed the road to Jim Jim, Twin Falls, 4 mile hole and opened them 365 days per year - what a joke, the billabongs would end up like corroboree....
Roads there are purposely left unsealed and access is restricted to stop overcrowding and damage to the environment. If businesses don’t like it because they are losing money fair enough but they wont be making any money if the environment is damaged and places are overcrowded.
It's a vexed issue closing and opening roads which are flooded or flood damaged. Do you want international tourists in hired troopies flogging their way through creek crossings getting bogged and eaten by crocs. Most of us have 4WD's and appropriate recovery gear that could get through these areas no problem but its the common denominator problem. Do rangers want to spend all their time rescuing people who have no idea how to drive off road or do they wait until the road is dry enough for everyone to get through safely?
I wish they would open more areas earlier, of course I do but there are other considerations.
agree 100% with him Koolpin is still closed due to a croc in the botom pool comon cents has to provale put up apropriate signs and allow access above the falls.
All national parks have managment philosipy of managing by closing down! rather than a rotation system if an area is in need of rehabilitation close it for a year and rotate with other areas . National parks are there for the EVERY ONE to see and enjoy not hidaway.
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