3 days camping trip Darwin to Alice Springs

Katherine Gorge Travel Blog

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An early pickup from our Darwin hotel and after tour registration we headed out along the Stuart Highway with a couple of comfort stops along the way till reaching Katherine Gorge around lunchtime. We travelled in a small air-con bus with 22 others from 10 different countries, including 8 Irish, Spanish, German, Austrian, French, Japanese, South Korean,. A GREAT mix of travellers all out to have a fun trip meant everyone was as friendly and eager to chat as we were. Have discovered travelling within Australia you meet more people from O.S. than when travelling on a small group overseas! Our guide/driver was such a character...a real Ozzie and really got the bus going with various activities from the start such as one by one coming up the front of the bus and introducing ourselves over the microphone... so many people with so many stories to tell, tho' I did manage to get the reputation from then on as the one who had most to say!

After drop off at the visitors centre the majority of the group chose to hire kayaks and canoe along the gorge, a few of us decided that was rather too energetic and so spent time looking at the good displays at the centre then taking the short walk to the gorge for an afternoon swim before enjoying the wonderful scenery of the gorge from by boat.  Only later after doing a 2 hour cruise did we get told about the croc trap that is set on the opposite bank of the swimming area! Yikes! Oh well, I am here to tell the story so no crocs were around obviously. I reccommend the cruise option of exploring as it was informative, cool, and a very pleasant way to view the cliffs of the gorge. Katherine consists of 6 interconnecting Gorges which means  the boat gets to the end of the gorge and everyone hops out and walks across  a rocky trail to the next, where you board  another boat. There are amazing ancient Aboriginal rock art painting to see on the way.

Anyway, the pictures can tell the story...if I could get them on the correct page I would be laughing!?!?  for now...see next blog entry !

First night at camp...impressed me all the way. Nice set up of permanent tents arranged in a cicle round a fire area, clean bathroom facilities including flush toilets and hot water, screened kitchen. As per usual with small group adventure type tours we all pitched in to help unload bus and prepare items for our meal..but a nice suprise was that Source, our guide, did the actual cooking which left time for pre dinner drinkies! and after everyone helped out with the clean-up it was back out under the star studded sky  for sharing of stories, jokes, drinks and didgeridoo playing. Yep...we got some REAL interesting sounds out of that!

dl4plm says:
ohh and i did take a swim too :)))
Posted on: Oct 28, 2008
dl4plm says:
yep they have only caught 2 salties at katherine ... but one was 6m long!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on: Oct 28, 2008
skippyed says:
Croc trap! and to think we just took a dip anywhere we felt like when we were there!
Posted on: Oct 27, 2008
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Katherine Gorge
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