Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mataranka to Katherine

Yesterday was only a short drive from Mataranka to Katherine, but we still had to have a day of laziness after driving. So after setting up Myrtle for her few days at the Shady Lane Caravan Park we read through the information on what there is to do in Katherine. Shady Lane Caravan Park is very nice, with lots of shade from the palms and the amenities are by far the best we have experienced - just like a real bathroom. I booked us to do the Dawn Break Cruise on Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine Gorge) this morning, so it was up bright and early and off to the boat ramp at Nitmiluk Visitors Centre. After departing the dock at 7.00am we drifted down the first gorge while enjoying a yummy hot breakfast. When we reached as far as we could by boat we walked about 600mtrs along a very easy path, taking in the rock formations and Aboriginal Art. The second gorge was even more spectacular with its dramatic rock walls and fascinating mythology and history. Our tour guide Jake, who actually happened to be a Maori (New Zealander) was really nice, funny and very knowledgeable.  Nitmiluk Gorge actually consists of 13 immense gorges that stretch for kilometres, but only three are accessible by boat. To see more you have to either walk or take a flight over the area. The rest of our day was spent longing around. I actually set up my jewellery and again low and behold I sold a necklace - woohoo!

Spectacular Rock Fractures

The Moon, Rock and Tree!

Nitmiluk Gorge

Tears Rock - water seeps through the rocks above.

Jake - Our tour guide