Blew the front driver's tyre 80km south of Katharine...of course not in a really good spot to be changing a tyre, and in the middle of the day, but at least near a major place to get a replacement. Left the tyre and continued on to Katharine Gorge. A lovely spot, but a colony of flying-foxes bickered all night, so didn't sleep particularly well. There colony along the gorge is supposed to be a million of them.
We became one of the talking points for the boat tour-guide after someone noticed us on the bank. After the long, hot walk, a dip in the park swimming pool cooled us off (although we were a bit worried about the 'treats' that may have been dropped in by the flying-fox colony). Don't know if it was the long walk, the lack of sleep the night before, or that the flying-foxes were quieter, but slept much better.
It is the show holiday in Darwin, and a lot of the campers are from there. We invited a late-arriving couple (Leroy and Geraldine – a midwife from Darwin), over to share our fire, as Darryl was only using it to bake bread. A very peaceful and tranquil night.
Along the road from Pine Creek to Kakadu we were looking for a spot to pull off and camp when we stumbled on Moline Creek Golf Club. There were a lot of campers so we pulled in, only to find that they were the working bee setting up for the annual tournament next weekend, but they welcomed us in to stay the night. A lovely bunch of people (amazingly many of them born in Qld), and a very nice little spot.
|Moline Rock Hole|
Further along was Ikoymawarra Lookout (not quite as interesting in the morning – last time we saw it at sunset, which was spectacular), then Bukbukluk lookout – hmmm – then another lookout – Gungural - which had a camping spot.
Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) has a bit of a walk in, but you are rewarded with a huge swimming hole, with a waterfall at the end, and fish everywhere. There were small Barra (so the Gorge is well named), but lots of much larger dark fish (maybe perch), along with eel-tailed catfish, gar and the striped fish. Just as we were about to go in, Darryl spotted a large snake underwater with the fish (who just ignored it). We had a lovely swim, and then set up at the shady campground. Darryl found a hitch-hiker – a large yellow huntsman spider at the top of our bed. Were able to have baked potatoes in the fire, which was a delicious change. It was all quiet and peaceful until a tour turned up, and they talked loudly 'till all hours.
A highlight was a big male croc swimming along beside the boat, as the water was very clear. He had his legs and feet tucked in tight beside him, and was just using his powerful tail to propel himself.
We looked at Jim Jim Billabong, which didn't have a good feel to camp, and decided to head up to Jim Jim Campground. Lovely views of the orange escarpment as the sun set, and hot water showers.