Day 98. Kakadu to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park

98 Pine Creek windmill smallWe left Kakadu via the south road, the Kakadu highway. This took us via Pine Creek, the site of a gold rush in the late 1800s, an Overland Telegraph Station and the terminus of the North Australian Railway. There is a railway museum there now, and as far as we were concerned not much else, except a windmill.

 

The next stop on the way to Katherine Gorge was Leliyn or Edith Falls. This is at the northern end of Nitmiluk National Park, which also contains Katherine Gorge. After the late night last night there was no way we were going to convince Patrick that going for a walk was a good idea so we bypassed the 2½km circuit walk that would have taken us around the top of the falls. Instead, we swam out to the base of the falls, the water was pretty cool  so convincing him to swim back was an effort and I think everyone there could hear that he was not pleased. There was no other option but to swim he was told to suck it up and get going, which he loudly did.

98 Edith Falls 2 smallAn Azure Kingfisher above our van at the campsite.

The boys had a play on the small island only about 5 metres from the edge of the swimming pool. This posed a problem when it was time to leave as Patrick again refused to get in the water to get to shore. Thankfully, Ben came to the rescue and gave him a shoulder ride to shore where he arrived happily completely dry. Loaded back into the car we continued on via Katherine to restock and onto the national park. It is no normal national park campground here; the caravan park here has all amenities including a pool.

No music today instead a talking book – The Secret Seven

 

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