Day 32 – Tindal to Katherine

Woke up at Tindal RAAF Base to the sounds of jet planes overhead and the kids getting ready for school! We headed in to Katherine to do a bit of shopping and wander around town to post and pick up letters and check out our options for the day. After driving past the hot springs to have a look we continued on to Nitmiluk National Park and checked out Katherine Gorge in all its spectacular beauty. There’s not much to see from the walk around the jetty and the information centre, and we’d already had the overnight canoe trip recommended to us earlier, so we went in to the visitor centre to see if we could book in for that over the next couple of days, and ended up tentatively booking in our dates for the 5 day Jatbula trail in a couple of weeks time as well. The canoes were booked out until Sunday so we locked that in and got the spiel from them about how hot it was and how dry the gorge was in comparison to earlier in the season, so there would be a large amount of portage (i.e. walking and dragging the boat over dry rapids) but we were still very keen. We dodged the crazy amount of bats milling about above our heads and wandered back to the car to drive back to Katherine and sit in the hot springs for the afternoon, up where all the locals go further upstream from the concreted swimming spots where the water emerges from this cave and comes out into a large natural pool area. We met Glenn from Sydney and Millie the dog who were enjoying their afternoon swim and chatted to him about life in Katherine.

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Then it was back to Tindal as the kids were coming home from school to get some home made pizzas going for the Sciberras family’s Friday night pizza and movie night. The pizzas were delicious and plentiful and the movie was The Three Amigos, so all in all it was a great night.