The Katherine River has carved a deep gorge through ancient sandstone, beginning at Kakadu. The thirteen gorges and surrounding landscape have great ceremonial significance to the local Jawoyn people. Nitmiluk means “place of the cicada dreaming” in Jawoyn language.
These amazing creatures were hanging around
the walkway leading to the boat.
We spent a glorious morning cruising along the river surrounded by awe inspiring scenery.
During the dry season, the gorges become separated.
We enjoyed the walk between them
and a closer look at the rock formations and aboriginal rock art.
The spectacle continued through the second and third gorges.
This rock looks like a dog sniffing the fresh air.
We pulled into the bank and walked to a stunning waterhole.
Some took the opportunity to cool down, we sat in the shade and admired the majestic waterfall.
Back on board, we continued homeward in time for lunch.
This magnificent blue-winged kookaburra was quite comfortable with the attention she was receiving,
perhaps waiting for some lunch herself?