There is a lot to be said about changing plans, I am so glad we decided not to head to Alice from Tennant Creek - we woke up and it was bloody freezing 3 degrees (we would experience colder days, but this wasn't what we were expecting from the red center), it is hard to break down with gloves on, jumpers and trackie dacks, but off we went.
When we go to Katherine, it was 33 degrees, this is what you expect in this part of the country at this time of the year - hot, beautiful and guess what, we now needed to turn the suit case upside down and find the summer clothes including our bathers, shorts and singlet tops - hip hip.
The other good thing we ultimately found travelling around this way was it seems to be anti clockwise to the way everyone else is travelling so for the next 8 weeks or so we hardly ever got caught in long
caravan lines.- bonus.
WOW what a town, now I know it is a town like Alice, but to me its a town like Katherine, a bustling town, with mod cons like super markets - now remember folks we really haven't seen a supermarket, bank etc for 2 weeks now so it was so good.
Once again we found a fabulous camp ground at the IBIS Styles just outside of town, it is an IBIS resort, so had all the wonderful thing resorts have like large swimming pools, restaurants etc, but also camping grounds attached to it all and with an ensuite as well - one that had just been finished being renovated so we were the first to use - sweet!
|The walks are arduious|
|Derek made it to the top of the lookout|
The tourist office here is fantastic, they provide not only info on Katherine and all the fabulous things to do here (plus obviously sell tickets to everything), but have lovely rooms with free WIFI, and provide heaps of info on WA , Ayres Rock, Alice and Darwin as well, so it really gives you everything you need - so many other tourist office only provide info on their own town, but here you could just about pick up something on everything you might need to do over 2 months (so worth collecting).
Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park)
Day 1 of our stay in Katherine saw us doing the most typical thing anyone could and should do while here and that is head to Katherine Gorge. We had already purchased a boat trip, we elected the 4 hour 3 Gorge tour while here hang the expense, lets see everything and there are some advantages to picking the post expensive tour - less people.
It was 33 again today, so it was hot - before our gorge tour we elected to do some of the great bush walks here - so off we went to hike up to the top lookout - sweat was pouring off us, but we did have water and there is a great cafe and souvenir shop here which is air conditioned - ahhh luxury.
|The 2 hour Cruise|
|Cutta Cutta Caves|
There is quite a lot to do here in Katherine, even if it is just going into the town center and experiencing the locals (unique and a must do).
Some drives around the town including the Air Base, and other good points of interest saw us end our time in Katherine.
Loved Katherine - a friendly, bustling town full of wonderful things to do and see.