Up Pine Creek without a paddle

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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So out of Kakadu we gaily drove, planning to top up our supplies at Pine Creek before heading to some more adventure off the Stuart Highway (named after John Stuart, an early pioneer,  who probably wrote that 'if at first you don't succeed try, try again’ stuff. He kept trying to find the route south to north until he eventually did.  He now has lots
of things named after him, though he died forgotten and broke, somewhere in England I think. Or Scotland)  Well we were even worse provisioned than he was but Pine Creek was a bit of a disaster and an early lesson in planning properly!  There was a campsite and a bar and some fuel. There was internet coverage so we Skyped Steve.  There was even a shop – but no food!  The shop sold everything from oil to dog food, but no food.  So plan A went out the window.

We had a long think……… there were only 2 choices – back up to Darwin or down to Katherine.  It was a trek back to Darwin.  We had ‘left Darwin in a whirl’*, enthusiastic to get on the road, and we had been there a week and found it expensive.  But we had missed stuff we wanted to do: The Museum, Lichfield etc.  I can hear Jeanette and Karen crying!  However, John pointed out that we had effectively been in Northern Territory 5 weeks – we spent the last 2 weeks of
our previous holiday here – and it was getting hotter, so it was probably time to move on.   So off we went to Katherine.  We will do the other stuff next time :>)  

We liked Katherine last time and didn’t change our mind.  It’s a funny little place – not
easy to describe – everyone is friendly and chatty.  We had coffee in a little gallery cum café and met an Australian couple who had been working as part of the Wwoof scheme
(willing workers on organic farms) which they enjoyed.  You have to do a few hours work each day in return for board and lodgings.  They had had good experiences; met interesting people and saved some money on camps and food. Hmmm.... food for thought.   Katherine is a metropolis compared with Pine Creek!  It’s the only town between Alice Springs and Darwin (circa 900 miles).  It’s suffered some pretty serious flooding in the past when the town has all but disappeared underwater.   We splashed out on a powered site with hard standing and grass so we could rearrange the van a bit.  We shopped at Woolworths (think Tescos) but forgot the beer so the site manager gave us a cold tinny each.  We visited the museum and did lots of jobs.  And with a better supply of food we were ready for the road again…………
Last time we were at Katherine we went to the Gorge and did a boat trip upriver, seeing crocs.  It was lovely but we didn’t need to repeat it.  Instead we backtracked a few miles and went to Edith Falls, another beautiful series of waterfalls with pools and lagoons.  A quiet NP campsite so we thought we would stay 2 nights.  We walked up the escarpment in the early morning and swam in the pools.  It’s a hard life :>) 

*Apologies to Counting Crows
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Judith on

If I were blogging from my Didsbury breakfast table I would describe the rain coming down like stair rods and having to have the lights on, but that would just make me even more jealous! Great stuff.x

Cathy on

And mine would be.....exhausted & it's only Tues.......lovely Reception children but tiring.....you know how it goes!! All looks fab, lucky ducks.xx

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