9 Sep 2014
|After farewelling Sue and Darwin we headed south stopping at Berry Springs for a few days. The caravan park was pretty empty as lots of grey nomads have started heading home. We selected a prime spot that was very grassy with lots of shade. Berry Springs thermal springs were a short drive away so we visited them each day.
There's three swimming levels, the first has a very small waterfall which you can sit against and get a back massage. The top pool flows into a middle pool which then flows into the lower pool. There are little fish in the waterfall pool that like to nibble on your feet, Pete didn't mind that but I was very busy moving about so they didn't have a chance to nibble me.
We spent the majority of our time in the middle pool which was the larger pool with fish but no nibblers. We both enjoyed it very much and spent our time relaxing in the warm water each day. We had to tread water or stand right near the edge as its pretty deep and we didn't have any noodles to float on except for one day when a local guy 'Colin' lent me his wife's noodle until she arrived, that made it a lot easier. It was interesting watching people enter the springs and then get a big smile on their faces when they realised the water was lovely and warm.
There are fresh water crocs about which apparently don't attack humans unless cornered, but we didn't see any. If any salt water crocs are sited they shut the springs until the crocs removed. You hear people constantly talking about crocs so its on everyone's mind and so it should be.
The Territory Wildlife Park is also located at Berry Springs and we spent the day there looking at the animals. We went on a train/bus ride around he park first and then set off on foot. It was really good, well set out and we still didn't get to see everything. The bird show was very enjoyable and we got up close to one of the stars at the end. It was another good day on our adventure.
Berry Springs was another place we didn't want to leave but we still have a fair distance to cover around Oz.
We have noticed the temperature going up and both have so many bites mark which are very itchy, they are possibly from midges, mozzie's and marsh flies. We thought we had missed being attacked this time but no way.
Edith Falls was our next stop, in the Nitmiluk National Park. There's a waterfall very close to the camp area with lots of water flowing over the falls. We went for a walk to some other water falls and weren't disappointed as the waterfalls and scenery was fantastic. We couldn't complete the intended loop walk as the walking track had been closed by the rangers due to fires in the area so we had to backtrack. We decided to move out after only staying one night due to the excessive amount of smoke about. Edith Falls made up for the waterless falls at Jim Jim in Kakadu.
We arrived in Katherine to a temperature of 38+ degrees which hit us in the face, being 5 degrees hotter then Darwin and Pete said Kununurra will be even hotter and that's where we will be heading. Pete loves the heat.
Sues daughter Kristy organised a complimentary powered site with ensuite for us for two nights. It was first class; great site, ensuite, lovely pool, bar, tennis courts, golf course etc etc. It was just a shame it was too hot for the golf and tennis but we sure loved that pool. It was great and a big thank you to Ibis Styles Katherine and Assistant Manager Kristy.
When we could drag ourselves away from the resort and pool we visited the town centre and nearly frazzled whilst walking down the street. We decided to get up early on our second day and visit Katherine Gorge. We were trying to beat the heat a bit. We went for a walk along the gorge and had to trek up the cliff to a lookout. It was worth all the puffing and panting.
Pete was keen to get in a canoe but I know what lurks below the surface and said 'go for it'. Hence we kept on dry land and continued walking. Some people may say I am a woos and I would have to agree with them. There was a lot of smoke in the air at the gorge so we cut short our visit which was a shame. Back at our camp we relaxed by the pool again and then visited the bar for a cool drink, life is good.
We have had two great days in Katherine and head off tomorrow towards Western Australia.