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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine March 23rd 2013

Flew from Perth to Darwin, picked up a car and drove towards Kakadu national park. Stayed two nights at Mary River Retreat, which had lovely wild wallabies, frogs in the swimming pool, and a crocodile in the bilabong! Took a boat trip on Yellow Water in Kakadu national park. We expected to see crocodiles, but didn't. The water is so warm at the moment that they don't need to sun themselves out of the water. Next stop, Katherine.... read more
Yellow Water
Yellow water
Snake Neck

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine November 20th 2012

20th November, 2012. We tried to sleep in, but the morning warmed up to quickly. Despite waking up early, we had a lazy start after a big day yesterday and didn't get back on the road until after 10am. We had a picnic lunch under a tree at Timber Creek before continuing on towards the Western Australian border. Before arriving at the border, we came across Gregory National Park. The view of this area was simply magnificent. The mountain cliffs had markings which resembled water erosions and then, we spotted trees with fat trunks, covered with longs branches and green leaves. These 'boab' trees are simply very attractive. Upon arriving at the WA border, we stopped just before the checkpoint and consumed all our fruit. At the checkpoint, the quarantine officer found some fresh tomatoes in ... read more
Victoria River
Gregory National Park
Gregory National Park

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine November 13th 2012

13th November 2012, Left Katherine and hopefully the hot weather behind. Packed up and checked out of the Big 4 and headed to Katherine Gorge. Despite the blazing heat the view was magnificent. Daniel and Alyssa took a dip in the Gorge despite the crocodile warning signs (silly people!!!). Just as they emerged from the water, Daniel spotted bubbles arising from underneath the pontoon (don't know what it was but Alyssa and Daniel are definitely not going in again!!!). Had lunch by Katherine Gorge and headed towards Edith Falls. Edith falls had a few swimming holes for us to refresh. Swimming was not permited between 7pm and 7am as the fresh water crocodiles hunt during this time. We had a relaxing dip and swim at the falls before heading to Kakadu National Park. We camped just ... read more
Katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine November 12th 2012

12th November 2012, Woke up to another hot day. Had breakfast and went for another dip in the pool to cool off. We packed up Pedro and headed into town to buy more supplies. On the way back, we stopped at the Katherine Hot Springs. The Springs were warm and shaded and so relaxing. In this heat, sight seeing was not high on our agenda, so we decided that we would see Katherine Gorge tomorrow. We headed back to the campground and I started on an early dinner with lot's of ice tea!!! After dinner, we relaxed in the pool until nightfall (that was so good!!!!)... read more
The girls
The girls
Katherine Hot Springs

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine November 11th 2012

11th November 2012, Enjoyed the beautiful town of Mataranka and the hot springs and headed towards Katherine. On route to Katherine, we stopped at Bitter Springs (a flowing spring water river which was allegedly 8 metres deep in some sections). Of course that was a little out of my depth, but Daniel and the girls had a swim and said it was magnificent and refreshing, since the air temperature was about 45 degrees. We checked into the Big 4 campgrounds at Katherine and headed straight to the pools again to refresh and cool down. Katherine has some beautiful attractions and sceneries, but boy does it hot!!! We set up camp and relaxed by the pool.... read more
Katherine
Katherine Big 4
The pool at the Big 4

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine October 29th 2012

We arrived at Nitmiluk National Park in time to set up and have a late lunch. It was very hot, 40 degrees yet again. We chose a site next to the swimming pool so kept cool with frequent visits to it. We knew Ali would be arriving sometime after 6:30pm. Between visits to the pool we kept an eye out for her as we had no mobile coverage to communicate with her and the office was closed. She finally arrived around 7:30. We had a hilarious night catching up which was punctuated with jokes and wild laughter. We probably had few people rolling their eyes, if they could hear us over their air-cons. Saturday we canoed the Kathrine Gorge. It was awesome and really the only way to truly appreciate its unique beauty and features. It ... read more
Ali in her single canoe.
By late afternoon the shade of the cliffs was most welcome.
The eerie entrance to Cutta Cutta cave.

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine October 27th 2012

We rose early to catch the sunrise on the Devil’s Marbles, taking photos as we had breakfast. This resulted in an early departure (7:15), with a destination for Lake Woods as it had been highly recommended. We arrived in Tennent Creak at 9:30am and had a break as we accessed the internet and emails. While doing so we plugged the notebook into the 12v system for the first time. At our mid-morning break (where we brew REAL coffee) we found the gas ignition would not work. We soon realised that our whole 12v system in the caravan was dead, and to our horror we discovered that this meant that we no longer had any refrigeration. Our freezer was full of that wonderful rump steak and the day was going to be 40C+! We had some difficult ... read more
Driving through burn out areas
Passing our second vehicle in over 3,000km.
Fire in Katherine


Day 12 – Wednesday July 11th – Katherine Gorge to Kakadu National Park We woke up to find a wallaby eating one of our tourist magazines as it couldn’t find the rubbish bag we had cunningly hidden inside one of our plastic containers. After breakfast we decided we should see the Katherine Gorge while we were there, without paying lots of money for a cruise. So we loaded up with snacks and water and headed off on the Butterfly Gorge walk, which is where we would be able to have a swim. It took 1½ hours of steady walking up and down sandy and rocky tracks, one wipe out from Meg (skin off elbow and bang to head L) before we reached the secluded second gorge. We were all on our own in the ... read more
Exploring the gorge by canoe is the thing to do
The gorge
View at butterfly gorge

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine July 11th 2012

11 July 2012 We ate a breakfast of sliced fruit and cut the rest of our fruit and veg into sandwiches and salads to comply with quarantine requirements as we left Kununurra and drove into the NT this morning. However it seems to be an honour system however, there was no staffed checkpoint. Apparently it is stricter entering WA, and we've been given some honey and half a watermelon by travellers going the other way. We drove through scrubby plains with a few hills, with what appeared to be some limestone outcrops. We had a look at Gregory's tree on the way past, it's a boab tree carved with the dates of Gregory's exploration departure and return dates. We were thinking of staying at the Big Horse Creek campsite but it was full, so we continued ... read more
Croc feeding, Timber Creek
Katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine July 10th 2012

Day 11 – Tuesday 10th July - Mataranka to Katherine Gorge After packing up we decided to check out the Rainbow Springs in Mataranka to see if they really are not quite as nice as the Bitter Springs. The pool was picturesque but not in the same league as the Bitter Springs. Anna and Luke checked out the water while Hazel and Mark went for a walk in the rainforest. We had arranged to meet Lloyd from the Mataranka Roadhouse at the Katherine Country Club at lunch while waiting for the Nicholls family to arrive from El Questro. Burgers, battered snapper, steak sandwich. Naughty but nice! Mid afternoon the Nichollses rolled into Katherine after a 7 hour drive. The 1½ hour time difference between WA and NT (WA is 1½ hours behind NT) scuppered ... read more
Giant termite mound at Mataranka
Chilling at Katherine Gorge campsite
Relaxing




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