Katherine Gorge Campsite, Nitmiluk National Park, NT

Day 152 – 18th July 2011
Katherine Gorge Campsite, Nitmiluk National Park, NT

As the river hasn’t been “opened” yet to the public, we unfortunately couldn’t hire any kayaks which would have been our preferred way of exploring the Katherine Gorge along the river. Instead we did the touristy thing and went on an organized 3 gorges river cruise (4h) this morning. The first gorge is nice but it gets more spectacular in the second gorge. In the third gorge they moored the boat and after a short walk we were able to go for a dip in Lily Ponds, a croc-free swimming hole with waterfall – very nice. After lunch we did the Windolf Walk, which offers nice views of the lower Katherine Gorge from Pat’s Lookout. We walked back to the campsite via the Baruwei Lookout. A refreshing swim was a must as it was pretty hot on the escarpment this afternoon (temperatures are about 10 degrees hotter there than on the river).

Lots of bats


Katherine Gorge Cruise

First Gorge

Freshy sunbaking

When kayaking you are not allowed to climb the bank here
as this is a crocodile nesting area. They lay their eggs only
20 cm under the sand so one foot can destroy a whole nest.
End of the First Gorge
You need to walk from 1 boat to the other as there are rock bars
View back on the First Gorge

View of the Second Gorge
Second Gorge

Second Gorge

Lily Ponds

Nele having a natural shower

Third Gorge

View from Pat's Lookout

View from Baruwei Lookout

View of 17 Mile Valley

Walking down from Burawei Lookout

Andrew playing the guitar

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