We woke early again, and headed down for breakfast. Not super hungry again, but a good menu choice for breakfast. Our next stop was Katherine at around 900am, so we wanted to be ready. Passed lots of outback on our journey – lots !
In Katherine, we strolled off on the platform and walked up to the ‘terminal’ 😂. We had booked the river/gorge cruise. Again, well organised, with buses waiting as we arrived, people helpfully pointing out where to go etc etc.
A brief 30-odd minute bus ride, and we arrived at the Nitmiluk National Park outside of Katherine. Saw a little Wallaby (maybe it was a kangaroo – would someone please tell me how I can differentiate other than “one is bigger than the other” !) eating in our ‘holding’ area for the tour. She didn’t seem unduly concerned by us, and finally slowly wandered off for a better meal somewhere I assume.
The boat ride through the Nitmiluk gorge wasn’t bad. Lots of sandstone formations, discussion about the flora and fauna and the Joawyn people. Interesting. Not quite as hot as the day before, but still pretty warm.
Bus ride back to the terminal again, ready for a 100pm departure. Nice job by the organisers.
Interesting how the landscape and vegetation changed as we headed further north, into the more tropical part of the country, as opposed to the very arid areas we passed through.
A little hard to tell, but as we gradually got closer to Darwin, lots and lots of termite mounds everywhere. I know they’re in these photos, I really do.
Finally, we got to Darwin around 500pm. Quickly off the train, identified our luggage, then off to our hotel for the night. A brief look around, a bite to eat, and off for an early night.
Decent view from our hotel window.
Dinner here !
Our digs for the night ☺️
Strange how good a nice bed feels after the train !