Edith Falls (not far)
We have now arrived in Kakadu and are based in Jabiru. After leaving Mataranka we stopped for 2 nights at Edith Falls. This is about 50 k north of Katherine, and is in the northern section of Nitlimik NP, Katherine Gorge is in the southern section. We stopped briefly in Katherine to do a shop at Woolies, not seen since goodness knows where ( I think Charters Towers). Edith Falls was a great stopover. Super plunge pool. It had not been long opened before we arrived. “Opened’ is a code word up here meaning checked/cleared of crocs. So you can have a swim.
Which allthego did. In fact he swam across the plunge pool to the waterfall on the other side. The posters said this was 150 m, but it seemed a bit further. A couple of other old blokes went around the edge of the pool (sort of dragging themselves along the rocks) probably 5 times as far. They were pretty well-worn out by the time they got to the falls. Being pretty fit allthego was there without trouble, but waited half an hour to return with the current from the Falls. Athomealone had lost interest in allthego and had returned to camp to have a chardonnay. Allthego staggered back. The water in the pool was just great, nice and warm with little fish that nibbled at your feet and legs. Athomealone was reluctant to enter the pool because of this.
Next day we were off on a two-hour walk to the upper Falls. What a super spot this is. Water just cascades down into a deep pool and then further down to a quiet and deep pond.
All sorts of characters were here enjoying the dip. Some climbed up the rock walls and jumped in, whilst others trod water and watched on taking pictures.
The camp site was also excellent. Alas we had to move on to Kakadu for the next adventure!