Farewell Darwin

Thrifty have provided us with a brand new car with plenty of room for our bags. Very comfortable which is good with the Gibb River coming up.

Coffee , ✅ , lollies for the driver and we farewell Darwin.

Entrance to the Cemetery

First stop is the Adelaide River War Cemetery. Like all our war graves this one is well set out and maintained with gardens and shrubs at each headstone. There are 434 burials.

We were looking forward to the swimming at Edith Falls. And we weren’t disappointed. It’s got some beautiful grassy areas leading to several entry points into the large water hole. Only Jill & I went in and we were so pleased it did. The temperature was just perfect.

Bathing beauties

The sign said there were no crocodiles so we believed them. We paddled and swam around a small island and passed the waterfall on the other side of lake.

People were floating around on noodles and one lady was paddling a canoe.

It would make the perfect place to stop for a few days if you had a caravan. Peaceful and safe.

The cafe at Edith Falls

After changing we drove the 20 minutes into Katherine.

Lunch was a tasty wrap from The Finch cafe. We just made it before they closed and took took it to the park adjoining the information centre.

We headed out if Katherine past the Tindal airbase to the Cutta Cutta Caves. Jill had found this tour of the caves and booked ahead.

James at the entrance to the caves

They are millions of years old and still growing and changing. Cutta Cutta in Jawoyn means lots of stars. The Jawoyn people wouldn’t enter the cave but believed the bats gather the stars and take them out at night to put up into the sky.

Inside the caves you can see sparkling limestone formations of stalactites and stalagmites and five different species of bats including the rare ghost and leaf-nosed bats.

Views inside the caves

There are also brown snakes, spiders and other varieties of the eco system. James our guide assured is they hadn’t seen any snakes for awhile.

You can walk deep into the cave along metal walkways. The caves are closed during the wet when the flood!

The air inside is hot and humid. Unlike other caves there are no openings so no air can circulate. It gets hotter and more humid as you walk in.

An hour was enough and I felt for James having to do around 5 tours a day. Breathing that stale air wouldn’t be good.

Back to Katherine and a 5 pm check in to our hotel Contour a big but we’ll planned hotel with a large pool and an outdoor restaurant.

We passed this old engine near Katherine

So another full busy day