Day 30

Trip Start Sep 23, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Monday, October 22, 2012

Today we went to Katherine Gorge for the mandatory river cruise. The gorge is approximately 30 kilometres from the town and does have its own caravan park but we are staying town. At $220, the two hour cruise for the family was expensive but necessary to see and appreciate the splendour of the gorges. I say gorges because Katherine Gorge is a series of gorges with the first two very spectacular. Even at 9.00 am the temperature was climbing very quickly as we walked to the three quarters full boat. The guide gave us some great knowledge of the Jawoyn people and their traditions and customs. At the end of gorge one we berthed and had the opportunity to look at more rock art while we transferred to a smaller boat for the second gorge. It was interesting to see the croc cages and the red floats out in the river to catch any salties and to tell the rangers if there are any around. Apparently, the red boys will have teeth marks in them because crocs are territorial.
Afterwards time for a drink and visit to the gift shop. It is disappointing to see at some gift shops in the NT "Aboriginal" products being sold are made in Indonesia. There can be no excuse for that! On the way back to town I bought a didgeridoo from a local gallery as Katherine is known as the home of didgeridoos.
Back at the pool we were once again invaded by German tourists. The NT is full of Germans and most are very loud! You can be having a quiet reflective moment at a waterfall or sacred site when suddenly it is interrupted by some very loud voices.
At about 6.00 o'clock we heard a funny noise on the caravan. It was raining! It didn't last long but it was torrential and helped wash away some of the red dust that had been with us since Coober Peddy.
The girls are very excited tonight because Taylor Swift's new album Red is being released on iTunes tomorrow morning. Guess what we will be listening to on our way to WA?
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jan j on

Gotta love a bit of Taylor Swift: necessary to know all of the words too! Stay safe. Mrs J

Lauren on

hahah Taylor Switf... all sounding lovely guys!!

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