We had only planned to stay 2 nights to check out Katherine Gorge, but instead we ended up spending an enjoyable 5 nights. Spent a day at Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) doing a 6km hike and swimming, there are 13 gorges and they allow swimming in the first Gorge (supposedly Salty free).
It was quite an eventful hike, although it wasn’t particularly long it was very steep and extremely challenging, especially for Tom with his broken arm. We were not halfway when Mike rolling his ankle badly, after a rest he decided he was ok, so I carried the pack and we went on. We reached our destination the southern rock hole to find it was very low and stagnant and definitely not swimmable. So Mike thought we should follow the dry rock bed to the gorge; great idea except the rocks were huge so helping Tom climb and carrying the pack was slow going, not for Mike and Bryce!!
We finally made the gorge, great spot with a shallow sandy beach for Tom to play in and huge rock ledge for us to walk out on and jump into the crystal clear water. While Bryce and I were swimming and Mike was drying off on the bank, Tom yells “Snake!”, and a long dark coloured snake swam 30cm in front of Tom and onto the shore. Mike then tried to get a pic but it was too shy and slid into a pile of rocks. Then on the way back Tommy developed a stitch and I piggy back him for a while. We finally made it back and sat down for a well-deserved ice-cream and a swim at the information centre where I lost my sunnies somewhere in the Katherine Gorge.That night we all slept very well!
We did a great tour of the Cutta Cutta Caves, visited the Katherine Hot Springs and beautiful Edith Falls which is definitely the largest natural billabong that we have been able to swim in so far. We met a lovely New Zealand couple Brain and Raewyn, that we had a few happy hours with and a dinner together. We stayed another day for the boys to have their school lesson on line and made things to use up our honey because we can't take it over the WA border, honey chocolate cake for Brains Birthday.
Katherine has been a quite the adventure!