Submitted: Sunday, Jan 01, 2012 at 20:41
Member - Serendipity(WA) commented:
Great little review of a great little town. We would always visit the gold panning in Pine Creek whenever going past. The kids just loved it and managed to collect quiet a few sample bottles of gold fines. It is a shame the Canadian tour operator has died now as he was very good with the tour.
Gunlom creek or Waterfall creek as locals know it is a great spot for a camp with hot showers and toilets. The UDP project about 2km before the falls is still very dangerous. My neighbour in Darwin was a environmental scientist working for Ranger Mine and was checking out these old tailings - he told me to never go there as it is way too 'hot'. There are lots of other places around Kakadu that have the remains of 1960's uranium mining which are off limits as they are too 'hot'.
I went gold prospecting around Pine creek - to no avail but there are plenty of small operations still making a living in the bush there although you will get a rifle shot over the head if you try to sneak on their property.
Good read - Thanks MH
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Submitted: Sunday, Jan 01, 2012 at 21:40
Thanks for the feedback Serendipity. Next chapter will be Gunlom; our first stop in Kakadu. I understand that parts of the now park, including Gunlom and Coronation Hill ,were referred to by the Aborigines as sickness country - disturb the land and you will become very sick. The places known as sickness country correlated to the places where Uranium deposits were found.
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