Blogs from Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania - page 3


Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine August 24th 2014

Well, I have been in Ngukurr for 8 days so far...what an amazing place! Early last week we found a green tree frog in our toilet. I tried to coax it out but it climbed up under the rim. One of the students gave me excellent instructions on how to get it out with a stick, but thankfully he came out at his own accord a few days later. The Ngukurr Community School is just lovely, and filled with enthusiastic teachers. The school day operates differently to any I've experienced. Students have breakfast directly from the school canteen first thing in the morning (before 8:00am), and then have either assembly (lower Primary years) or play sport (upper Primary/ lower Secondary), so every morning we meet the children at the basketball court and then head into class ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine August 17th 2014

Here is a photo taken from the driveway - pretty nice view across the road!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine August 16th 2014

Greetings from Ngukurr! Today we left Katherine and made it to Ngukurr late in the afternoon after stopping at Mataranka for lunch where I saw Gareth, Henry and Harriet. They all seem to be having a fantastic time, and it was difficult to leave them again. The road in to Ngukurr was pretty ordinary – certainly one of the bumpier ones I’ve been on during our travels, particularly the last 32km after Roper Bar. We had two river crossings, which were a bit of fun too. We are in our own three-bedroom house, which has a great view – I’ll take a picture tomorrow and post them. There wasn’t any cooking equipment in the house, so we went and borrowed some from the school kitchen. The school looks lovely, and there is also a new early ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine August 15th 2014

Hello to everyone reading my blog! I've had a few internet problems, but the guy at Telstra in Darwin was able to help me out and reset everything, so here I am. Yesterday Rebekah (fellow Deakin student) and I were given a very comprehensive tour of Darwin with Alan from Deakin. We went to the Museum, and basically travelled around the town...Alan certainly knows his way around the city and was a terrific guide. We had dinner at Mindal Market (best mango sticky rice ever) and watched the sunset before browsing the stalls. Then up early today to head to Katherine, stopping at Litchfield National Park on the way which was beautiful! Lots of people swimming in the pools around the waterfall - but 30deg just isn't hot enough to encourage me to swim! We are ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine August 11th 2014

Hello there, So this day, we woke up just by ourselves. Or to be clearer, the neighbour kids woke us by playing soccer next to our camper. Thanks guys! We wanted to do something today, some little tour, but we were kinda late to book everything. So we made a little plan. We would take a boat tour at 3 pm, before we would have a pancake breakfast, get the groceries (yes, again) and have a swim. The pancakes were very ugly, but suprisingly delicious. After some grocerie shopping, we went back to the camping for a swim at the pool and at 2:30 pm, we walked ourselves to the touroffice and got on the boat to have a trip through two of the Katherine Gorges. They were absolutely beautiful. We saw a lot of rocks ... read more
Katherine Gorge

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine August 9th 2014

Hi travel followers. After Kakadu, we moved on and spent a few days at Katherine so we could take in the Hot Springs again and of course Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) Although we have been through Katherine Gorge before quite a few years ago, it is always good to refresh the memory on just how great it actually is. What a fantastic place to visit and just take in the grandeur of the Gorge itself. I must also say the local indigenous guide we had was also excellent and really knew his stuff and also knew how to make it extremely interesting. We have now moved on to Lake Argyle and Kununurra via Victoria River and Timber Creek stops, BUT I will leave those photos and associated info for the next travel blog when completed. Hope you ... read more
Katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine August 9th 2014

Hi everyone, So today we drove a lot. Like 4 hours. We wanted to get out of the Kakadu Park and go to Katherine, which is almost halfway the journey to Alice Springs. We stopped somewhere for groceries and some beautiful waterfall. I had a swim there and snorkled a little. I saw some gorgeous pipefish kind a thing. After some more driving, we arrived at a beautiful camping 30 km from Katherine. Had a swim at the pool and at dusk, we even had some visitors. Some wallabies! Some females with a baby and some big males who were stealing food at other campers. We fed them some bread and touched them a little. Also there are bats flying around. That means no more buzzing insects! Really lovely here. Kisses Rosalinde... read more
Mother wallaby with a baby!!
Beautiful waterfall

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine October 27th 2013

Today we stopped by Top Didj, which is a place where you can learn about Aboriginal culture by meeting Aboriginals and ask questions, or try boomerang and/or spear throwing if that is what you like. And since Top Didj is now also the home of the Katherine Art Gallery, it is a fantastic place for the art interested as well. The price is reasonable, $55 for adults and $35 for children, but it is not only a family experience, a group of friends or even you alone can have fun and learn a lot here. The three of us decided to go for the Boomerang throwing (because Australia), the painting and of course the cultural talk. Now the painting was a lot of fun since art is something that I personally is very interested in, but ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine » Katherine Gorge October 27th 2013

When we arrived to Katherine we went straight to our hotel to leave our things. The hotel we had chosen was called Palm court backpackers, we thought it would be good since it was locate well so we could get to places by foot which means less money spent on gas. We have heard so many interesting stories about the Nitmiluk National Park, or Katherine Gorge as it is also called. There are a lot of options to experience Katherine Gorge, you can hire a canoe and paddle your way along the gorges, you can board a cruise or a speed boat and of course you can go by foot. All though, the three of us thought that a helicopter ride would be really fun, so that is what we decided to go for. We found ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine September 15th 2013

After the beauty of Lake Argyle, we headed north to Katherine through quite a mix of country. We intended to spend two or three nights free camping, but as the saying goes - 'It aint 'alf hot here mum!' So one night at Saddle Creek Camp and we headed towards Katherine, checking out a variety of camps along the way to see if we should stay out for another night. But, it was hot and dusty, so we kept on to Katherine and after setting up, into a refreshing swimming pool. The country side was quite varied with a gentle winding gorge along the Victoria River. David and Mary had told us about the Croc Shop and a river cruise from Timber Creek. All shut up and closed. Not sure if this was a seasonal closure ... read more
Rock pool reflections
Sunset at the free camp
Road beside Victoria River

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