Some places we've been and some places we're going.

Nitmiluk – Saturday

At the risk of making South Australians a little jealous, I have to say last night was far too hot for a quilt so it’s now been put away for a few weeks.

We went into Katherine for some shopping and it took far longer than we expected. There were a few surprises eg walking into the shop with the big roof top advertisement, “Home Timber and Hardware” only to find it was a Pool Supply shop. At the Information Centre we bought passes for Kakadu and Alex picked up a brochure or two. It’s a long weekend so we’ll stay here until Tuesday to avoid the extra, extra traffic on the roads.

Last night we had a lovely surprise when a Kookaburra flew into the Camp Kitchen, it was catching bugs drawn to the lights. This morning there was also a Kookaburra in front of our camper, just chillin’.

Coming back from a walk down to the river we saw a frantic bird darting about in the leaf litter. When we were able to focus on it we saw it was a Bower Bird at its bower. As we watched, it collected stones and a big round seed to impress its potential mate, a bright pink patch also appeared on its head. I consider it a special once in a lifetime, “David Attenborough moment”.

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When we arrived back from our walk we were so hot we had to go for a swim in the “refreshing” pool. It calls for a deep breath and plunge in to overcome the thermal shock.

When we were here 16 years ago we hired a canoe ( a LEAKY canoe) and paddled up the gorge, disparaging of the people who opted to sit in a boat and be squired up instead. Tomorrow we’re going on a boat trip up the three gorges!

Comments on: "Nitmiluk – Saturday" (8)

  1. Kathryn said:

    This did me” back in time moment”. Green ants, Bats as we went over the bridge at Katherine and going up the Gorge in our boat with the girls. Some where I have a photo of an emu eating out of our hand from the caravan. Good memories.

    • Haven’t seen any emus here, there were heaps of them down south. Only seem to be the little wallabies and the birds around the campsite though you’d remember the Gecko voices we’ve heard in the Camp Kitchen at night.

  2. The red tailed black cockatoos retreat arrive here just before Christmas. It seems to depend on what the inland season has been like. They are usually here then until mid to late february. I love them. It is always exciting to hear their first call. When I went on the ghan I went on the three gorges tour and thought it was stunning. We had a great tour guide who was very knowledgeable and quite funny. We saw several canoests some doing better than others.

  3. No, I see now it is a green ant…lovely photo!

  4. That cookaburra is a beautiful bird. How fortunate to see the Bower Bird. Love that insect…is it a praying mantis?

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