Nitmiluk National Park – Part 1

We have found ourselves in Nitmiluk National Park, 30km from Katherine and home to the Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. After being pretty much on the move for the past 2 weeks we decided to stop here, unfold our ‘condo’, as a fellow camper referred to our home (see pics below), and stay for a while. Not only are we in unbelievable nature, we also have a sweet setup at the campsite pool. Luxury. So unexpected and very welcome as we unwind from the long road trips.

We spent the first few days by the pool relaxing and finally this morning we peeled ourselves away and hiked 12km to Butterfly Gorge. Which was gorgeous! Later in the afternoon we drove up to Edith Falls (also within the Nitmiluk National Park) and a mere 80kms away. We reflected on the way back that funnily enough, 80km doesnt feel that far anymore!

We also gave our new kayak a test drive!

There are 13 gorges (including gorge 2, Butterfly Gorge above) in total along the Katherine river and you can kayak up to number 9. We are heading out for a 2 day trip tomorrow, staying overnight at one of the campsites along the way. Cant wait! The only thing to look out for are the saltwater crocodiles, which according to our trusty ranger have all been shipped out for the season. He says that swimming is 99.9% safe. He also says that he doesn’t swim in gorge 1 or 2 (the gorges closest to the mouth of the river) after seeing the 3.7m crocs that have been pulled out over the seasons.

We have had some requests to post some photos of our setup – so here it is. While we do have a 2 person tent for one night stop-offs, here are some shots of the upgrade! Our camper trailer comes complete with 2 double beds, kitchen (fridge included), dining room, pantry, veranda and a cinema (when we opt for a powered site!).

Wildlife spotted: Turtle (at Butterfly Gorge)
Fauna spotted: Mango trees galore – almost in season!!

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When saying goodbye, a friend left me with the following words of advice... "postcards dont go out of fashion". Share our adventures from the road on our fantastical year-long adventure.
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3 Responses to Nitmiluk National Park – Part 1

  1. Anonymous says:

    there are lots of crocs up there…..saltys can even be in freshwater pools…dont become a salty’s breakfast !

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful and beautiful. Take note of the previous comment that someone wrote re the crocs! Love the tent, hammock and kayak. Take extra special precautions and care. Stay safe, well and happy. Love from all of us xxx

  3. Anonymous says:

    Take note of the previous 2 comments Deb, salty’s love flesh.
    How marvelous your trip sounds , the gorges are so beautiful & your tent setup looks pretty darn cool there is even room for me & Dad xxx

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