Top-end, sweltering in the early wet
Trip Start Nov 07, 2010
21Trip End Jan 22, 2011
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It's a little odd up here as it's so hot & nothing much seems to happen outside the eating/drinking cycle - it's too hot to walk about or laze about the beach/parks & we were the only people at the botanical gardens. The exchange rate is bad news & everything is much more expensive than when we were here last (down to 1.6) & the tours are all very expensive so we went for the cheapo 5 day car hire & have done the run through Litchfield NP & Katherine down the Stuart Highway - recommend Florence Falls, Buley Rockpools, Edith Falls. This has involved quite a lot of waterfalls & swimming in their pools & pretty good success on the wildlife front - lots of wallabies & kookaburras but also a golden yellow tree snake. So Liz is happy. So real small outback towns (really hamlets) & the northern Australia 'problem' that the indigenous population hang around everywhere hoping to get drunk. Its now ID to buy any alcohol in Katherine with restrictions on amounts per day. Not that pleasant a sight - also big success here was the Katherine Hot Springs - not really that hot but shady, We are already far enough into the wet for the river to be too high & fast to swim in. The pattern has been the build-up to a big tropical storm late afternoon (sometimes earlier). And of course we won the cricket & the locals are grumpy....lead news story & still all play on main free-to-air TV.
So it's on to Sydney in the morning.