Thirty years after Paul Hogan’s smash-hit film put the Top End on the tourist trail, Nikki Marshall takes in some of its locations – and has a much-too-close encounter with a croc called Chopper
“You feel it from the heart. It’s something words can’t explain.”
So says Paul Arnold, a Darwin-based landscape photographer dressed like a cross between Steve Irwin and Crocodile Dundee (khaki shorts and shirt, battered bush hat, huge gold nugget on a kangaroo-skin strap around his neck). He’s talking about Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park – a world heritage-listed wilderness that’s home to wetlands, waterfalls, wildlife and the world’s longest continuous surviving culture.