Katherine Gorge

Trip Start Jan 29, 2012
Trip End Apr 01, 2013

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Katherine Gorge National Park

Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Friday, May 4, 2012

Our next stop was Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge). We had read about Fran's Cafe, at a place called Larrimah, so we decided that would be a good first stop. Larrimah's main claim to fame is the Pink Panther Pub, which we bypassed, and save for about two other houses, Fran's was the only other place. When we walked in she asked what we would like, then said that we should sit with the four other people who were already there. We did as we were told, and ended up having such a funny time that tears were rolling down my face. Fran was a real character, no airs and graces there by a long shot. In between bringing out the coffee and food she would sit with us all and tell us about her life there. She was just such a funny person that we were all in stitches. We ended up staying there for nearly one and a half hours, and were sorry to go.
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.
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Helen on

magic country!!!!!! Sounds like great fun at Frans

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