The last 3 days on the Nitmiluk (Katherine) River have been absolutely hands down the highlight of the trip so far! We kayaked through stunning fresh water gorges surrounded by high cliffs on both sides, clamoured over slippery rock bars, ported our kayak through low rapids and made it all the way up to the 8th gorge (there are only 9 accessible by kayak). Hats off to Boaz who did the heavy lifting!
We were rewarded with some of the most spectacular scenery and being in a very remote natural place all to ourselves (well almost, as we were sharing with the crocodiles and other wildlife!). We cooked up delicious quinoa, surprise peas and instant curry for dinner and slept on our inflatable kayak under millions of stars.
We felt like shipwrecked castaways on a desert island in a far far away land.
We started off our trip planing to stay one night and as the day progressed and we settled in to our island home we realised that didn’t want to go back so soon. On the first night we had the pleasure of meeting a Czech zoologist and her partner, who came equipt with a super high beam torch (like the ones used for hunting animals at night) and infra-red night-vision goggles. We were given a lesson in how to find animals at night (look for the reflection from their eyes) and quite possibly saw some crocs across the gorge.
In the morning we hiked up to the emergency phone to tell the rangers not to send out the search party as we were going to stay another night. The second night we had the island all to ourselves. So so much fun to be able to listen to the sounds of nature, swim in refreshingly sweet fresh water and spend quality time together.