Today we drove to Katherine Gorge. only just over 100km up the highway it was a short day on the road. However we still seemed to fill the day. We restocked the food supplies in Katherine. Katherine is a very busy town. I'm not sure if it is always like this but town was busy. Woolworths (and a quite big one) was packed with locals and caravaners. And the car parking area was like a caravan park- just crazy.
We are so far a little disappointed with Katherine Gorge camping area. It is in the National Park but run privately and therefore very commercial. We were hoping that we would be camping closer to the Gorge but it is a bit of a walk to get to. There are also heaps of rules - no this, no that. Even the swimming spots are nothing exciting- which I guess is why they have a salt water pool at the camp ground. So sitting here over a glass of wine it feels very surreal- middle of the outback around a resort pool with a cafe nearby where you can grab a coffee in the morning.
However I do appreciate the laundry. We were running very short of clean clothes! I have also appreciated having a hot shower.
Our afternoon walk was interesting. There are 1000's of bats roosting in near the bank of the river. We saw a baby fall out of a tree and slowly make its way back up. There are also heaps of wallabies. We also had a VERY close call with a snake. We were walking along looking at the bats and I guess the snake had the same idea. Jacob actually stood on it (just below its head). It reared up at him but then Joel stood on it and in his surprise kicked it out of the way. Fortunately it was as shocked as we were and slithered away. Joel did the usual thing and followed it to get its pic. We think it was a Black Whip Snake - venomous but shy (1.5m ish long).
I had a good birthday. We grabbed a pavlova in Katherine which Joel and the kids prepared for me. (Happy Birthday Kim. Love Joel :)