Thursday, 14 July 2011

Gregory National Park and Katherine

We left Kununurra early on Tuesday and headed out towards Katherine planning to break the journey at a National Park along the way.  We also “lost” an hour and a half as we crossed the border which in some ways is good because now it doesn’t get dark at 5.30pm which means we stay outside longer and eat later.

We found Big Horse Creek Camp in Gregory National Park and stopped there as it looked very pleasant and was filling up fast so the decision was made. We paid $6.60 for each night so decided on two nights and enjoyed a walk down to the Victoria River which is huge and a very popular fishing spot for barramundi. In fact the crocodiles obviously do very nicely thank you as we saw half of a very large barra washed up on the riverbank. No swimming for us!

We met a lovely family with two young children who are travelling around Australia for twelve months and we enjoyed hearing their stories and learning of some other spots for us to visit. We lit a fire and sat with some other campers and really had a lovely night.

Then early on Thursday we set of for Katherine where we called into the caravan park which has the Hot Springs at its back door and managed to get one of the very last sites (again!). After stocking up for the trip ahead we went down to the springs which we had visited before and had a relaxing afternoon.

Of course there was great excitement in the park when flames started licking at the back fence and Ian was duly sent to gather photos for the blog.  It seems the fire may have been part of a burn off, official or unofficial still to be determined but the campers sure thought it was good! The trucks raced off after a short while as apparently a car was on fire a little further down the track. Gosh its busy!
The raptor hovering overhead is probably looking for something tasty which will shortly run out of the flames.  Apparently raptors have been known to spread fires by picking up buring twigs to place in other areas to flush out their meals! Very clever birds.

Our next stopping point we hope is Edith Falls which we have been told are beautiful so here’s hoping our camping luck holds out!

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