Trip Start Jan 29, 2012
88Trip End Apr 01, 2013
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Katherine Gorge National Park
There was nothing much else between there and Katherine, so we stopped there and stocked up on groceries before heading out to Katherine Gorge
The caravan park there was great, with a huge pool, two cafes, and a visitor centre. There were lots of wallabies around the campground, and lots of birds everywhere. We spent the rest of the day by the pool, which was a real blessing in the hot weather.
Next morning we went on a cruise through two of the gorges. Nitmiluk National Park is made up of 13 separate gorges and is a maze of waterways sculptured from the landscape by the Katherine River over countless millennia. Jawoyn tradition says that the gorge was formed by Bolung (the Rainbow serpent) , who still still inhabits the waters of the second gorge. The vast walls of the gorges and beautiful waterways, were both startlingly beautiful, and the cruise was definitely one of the hilites of our trip.
After two days there, we drove to Adelaide River, which was the location for a huge military base. Following the bombing of Darwin in 1942 Australian and American military headquarters were relocated from Darwin to Adelaide River township. The town is now the site of the third-largest war cemetery in Australia, the resting place for some 63 civilians and 434 service personnel.