We did it this past July/August. Didn't see more than 2 crocs: they are said to be relatively quiet before September. We have a rubber dinghy
, so we lifted it up every evening: no problem.
Best river to go up is King George: relatively easy to enter and navigate, wonderful scenery and short enough so you don't waste too much fuel
. You can easily go all the way up to the falls at the end.
We met few other boats, and all were very nice. Rarely went more than a week without seing somebody :-)
Excellent stop at Silver Gull Creek: very easy to fill-up with excellent water
. Next door, Dog Leg Creek is convenient to fill-up with diesel
(AUD2.5/l), as there is no easy way to get fuel
Recommended stops: King george, Freshwater bay for a swim, Bigge island for the rock art, Shelter bay (Prudhoe island) for scenery, protection and fishing
, Sampson inlet, Beagle bay and many others in-between.
Don't count on catching much fish
while trolling under way. Works better from the dinghy
No local population to speak of, but bush fires were a problem in some areas: smoke and ashes.