Saturday, 28 July 2012

Nitmiluk - Katherine Gorge

We started the day at Nitmiluk Visitors Centre for breakfast before boarding our three gorge cruise. The Katherine region covers an area the size of Victoria and welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year. The region stretches from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border.

The Katherine River flows through 13 separate gorges that carve their way through the Arnhem Land Plateau. Carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains over millenia. The Jawoyn tradition says that the gorge was formed by Bolung - the rainbow serpent, who still inhabits the deep pools of the second gorge at Nitmiluk and care must be taken not to disturb him.

On our cruise in Katherine Gorge, we met Kelvin and Eileen all the way from Valentine. They took our photo for us.

A little freshy croc. You nearly think he is smiling. 

We then drove to Edith Falls - Leliyn. Located on the western boundary of Nitmiluk National Park this is the paperbark and pandandus fringed natural pool at the base of the falls. 

After seeing the plunge pool we walked the 2.6km Leliyn loop to the top of the falls to find further falls more significant than the first.

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