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Katherine

After the Yellow River and the Twin Falls adventure we continued several hundred kilometres down the road to the relative metropolis of Katherine. (hey it's got a Woolworths! .... in fact that's all it has got!). 


Katherine Gorge was our focus which has been renamed a catchy 'Nitmiluk'.

 

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The heat is rising.  It's 38C in the shade, but there isn't much shade!

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A two hour boat trip is secured and we set off down a pretty river.

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Crocodiles lay their eggs on the sand bank to the right.  A young croc has a 2% chance of surviving to 10 years old, and then a good chance of making 80.

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The river turns into a towering gorge which is really impressive.  Although there is not a breath of air.

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The river is low.  We have to walk between the gorges and transfer from one boat to another.

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The second gorge is breathtaking

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Keeping up the water intake is a constant task.  The amount we are having to drink is staggering.

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Off the boat and we decide to tough it out and have a picnic outside.  What is not apparent is that the picnic bench was so hot it was painful to sit on.  I think we're having fun.

Seriously this is really hot conditions, and we are only at the start of the heat for the Northern Territory.  The high humidity combined with temperature hovering around 40C takes some managing. ...and of course we shouldn't forget the flies (how could we?  there are thousands of 'em, all wanting to crawl across your eyeballs). Our respect for the early pioneers has risen significantly.

 
We admitted defeat at this point (2pm) and drove back to Katherine and an air-conditioned  mega shop at Woolworths (our equivalent of Tesco). 

We stocked up for the next 11 days as we are not really going to encounter anything as big as Katherine until we get to Broome.
 

This included 50 litres of water, another crate of 'VB' beer, more wine, port ('on offer') . Oh...and some food!


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