Stuart Highway day 1


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December 31st 2010
Published: January 12th 2011
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This tour pick up time was 05:40, so we were up & out with Sylvia & Aurelie (who were also doing the full 9 days tour with us) to meet Travers our driver for this stretch. After picking up three travellers from Hong Kong we headed down the Stuart Highway back to Adelaide River where we saw Charlie the Buffalo (from Crocodile Dundee) then went to the Nitmiluk NP to see the Edith Falls. Usually you can swim here but the heavy rain & flooding has allowed Salties into the pool. We did pop up to the lookout point & the upper falls where we could cool down in the spray without being eaten by crocs!

We then drove down to Katherine & took a boat trip up the Katherine Gorge. Unfortunately due to the rain we could only do the first gorge not the higher ones. The boats are owned & run by local aborigines who took us for a short stroll to see some rock paintings. Our guides allowed us to duck under the railings to take a closer look as long we didn't touch anything. We also learnt that they put lines of silica along the cliffs to prevent further damage from water running down the cliff. We also saw a couple of Salties resting on the river banks!

It was then into Katherine to pick up some alcohol (or elderflower cordial in my case) to celebrate the end of 2010. At the camp Mark & I went for a short walk during which we found a line of ants busy carrying larvae from one nest to another. We also all jumped up on the trailer to view a storm on the horizon. To Travers extreme disappointment the storm passed us by. I was extremely boring & went to bed early as I was still not feeling 100% but amusingly I did wake up at midnight even though everyone else had gone to bed by then!


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Saltwater CrocSaltwater Croc
Saltwater Croc

Katherine Gorge
Rainbow SerpentRainbow Serpent
Rainbow Serpent

Katherine Gorge
Hunters and hand printHunters and hand print
Hunters and hand print

Katherine Gorge
TurtlesTurtles
Turtles

Interestingly more like sea turtles than freshwater ones. Katherine Gorge
Ripples through timeRipples through time
Ripples through time

Ripples from when the sediments were laid down underwater. These rocks are too old for fossils!!! Katherine Gorge
Ants!Ants!
Ants!

At the camp site


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