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Nitmiluk – Sunday

Jawoyn are a local aboriginal group.

At 9:00 this morning we were off on a boat ride up the three gorges. During the wet season it’s all one big system, the water level is so high and the current so strong that the boats we were in couldn’t make it up the gorges. At that time only jet boats can power their way over the water. At this time of year, the early stage of the dry season, there are exposed rocks on the gorge bed so the boats only go to a certain point. Passengers leave one boat, walk around the rocky section then board another boat to continue up the gorge.

We took the three gorge trip which gave us the option of walking into Lily Ponds then having a swim in the lovely cool rockpool.

At the end of each wet season the rangers check for Saltwater Crocodiles which have managed to make their way into the river system while the water level was high. They become trapped when the levels drop. Unlike Freshwater Crocodiles the Salties have a big bite and can take a person. Areas are closed until the Rangers declare them safe. Any Salties captured are taken to a Crocodile Farm in Darwin.

After our boat ride we went for a refreshing swim in the Campground pool and I can vouch for the fact that Lily Ponds rockpool is warmer.

Comments on: "Nitmiluk – Sunday" (4)

  1. Kathryn said:

    I remember us hauling the boat over one lot of rocks and the girls standing on the rocks.

    • We also remembered hauling a canoe over the first lot of rocks but I think there were more exposed this time. Alex also remembered a guy telling him to put a bit of green stick into the hole to stop some of the leak. Last time there were lots of bats here but we haven’t seen any this time, only in Katherine.

  2. we didnt get out of the boat.. except to walk around the rocks to the next boat… so no swimming. we saw people swimming. to fit all the ghan passengers we went in three different stages… it was all tightly scheduled. It was beautiful though… we actually got stuck on the rocks when the boat was backing around to come back. that was a bit scary.. for the driver too. I remember the guide was quite funny.

    • We saw the queue for the Ghan visitors but didn’t know where the boat took them. I can see it would be very easy to hit a boulder.

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