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Katherine Gorge

Stunning Katherine Gorge River cruise

Nitmiluk National Park - known as Katherine Gorge.
Today we decided to explore Katherine Gorge, packing a picnic and riding out expecting to be able to walk to some Gorge look-outs and have a picnic somewhere nice.

We arrived at the Nitmiluk Information Centre only to see a sign stating "No swimming"
Apparently there are still Crocs in the water so swimming is banned at the moment. Further investigation found that the walks are long and its a very hot day (34deg) so perhaps a river cruise would be a much better way to do it.
Walking down to the Boat ramps we were overwhelmed by the number of Flying Foxes (Bats) in the trees - thousands of them - and they were very noisy and extremely smelly.

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The Gorge Cruise was fantastic.
During the wet season the River level rises extremely high causing very strong currents - as can be seen by the angle trees grow on the river bank.

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The scenery was stunning.

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The aboriginal paintings on the walls were quite fascinating -

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More gorge photos -

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Saltwater Crocs make their way upstream into the fresh water during the wet season, they then have to be caught and taken back to Salt Water.
They put bait in the cage, catch the Croc and take him away.

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Then we arrived at the impressive Katherine Gorge -

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and a view from the opposite end -

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One last photo - one of my favourites.

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Back at the Centre we revised our lunch plan - far too smelly at the picnic area due to the bats - so we decided to picnic on the deck outside the café.

Posted by MKaye 00:13 Archived in Australia

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