Darwin or bust - a short drive up the road travel blog

A croc sunning itself

Rock painting at Nitmiluk

 

 

 


We spent a night in Katherine so we could visit Nitmiuk National Park previously called Katherine Gorge National Park. Katherine Gorge, a deep gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River, is the central attraction of the park and is made up of thirteen gorges, with rapids and falls, and follow the Katherine River, which begins in Kakadu.

We joined an afternoon cruise through the first two gorges and learnt that the gorges and the surrounding landscape have great ceremonial significance to the local Jawoyn people, who are custodians of Nitmiluk National Park. In Jawoyn, Nitmiluk means "place of the cicada dreaming". While the weather was hot we didn't hear any cicadas but saw a few crocodiles sunning themselves.



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