Gorgeous Katherine Gorge

It’s Christmas Eve and it is about 80 degree Fahrenheit here, along with humidity. No white Christmas here!

We woke up at 6 am to get breakfast at 6:30. The night before, as I expressed my love for tim-tams, one of the aussies told me about a trick with Tim-tams and coffee.

The trick is to bite off diagonal corners, then place one of the bitten off corners into the coffee. Then you need to suck through the other bitten off corner to get coffee and make the cookie smooshie! Yum, so delish!

We then got on the bus with all our stuff and headed out of Kakadu National Park, where we had spent the last 2 nights. Our first stop was the Kakadu entrance sign to get a picture or two.


Then we headed off to a cafe to get lunch that we would take with us to Edith Falls just down the road. When we got to Edith Falls, we were not allowed near the water, since there may be a few crocs in there. We are our lunch in the grass near by with a view of the Falls. The flies were insufferable though. I guess that is the outback for you!


We then quickly changed into bathing suits for our next adventure.

We then arrived in the town of Katherine about 2 hours later. We stopped at Woolworths for some water and other necessities. Finally heading off to our next adventure, we passed the Katherine School of the Air. Because of how remote this area is, they used to have children gather in a school house and listen to the radio to learn. It just helped me understand how remote the area we were in was, before modern technology. But, even then, I was still having trouble getting wifi now.

The coach pulled up to a dock, where we all loaded into the boat for a Katherine Gorge tour. The gorge was huge and went on for over 100 km. It had a reddish tint to it from exposure to the elements. It actually reminded me of what I imagine the Grand Canyon would look like in person.

We got a certain point in the Gorge where we wouldn’t be able to cross by boat, so we got out and crossed to the next boat on foot. We got a photo or two there.


On the next boat, we saw the iconic Katherine Gorge photo. It was beautiful to see the water running through the reddish rocks, with a little green here and there, a blue sky with a smattering of clouds. Picture perfect!


We then docked the boat again, this time to find a waterfall within the Gorge.

We started on the path, which clearly was not well laid out. There was a lot of climbing on rocks that were slippery with sand and no clear place to put your foot next. A few of the girls only had on thong sandals which broke on the way there. I was behind them and got a little annoyed at the situation, since I had my tevas with me. I really wanted to see this waterfall, so I was getting impatient.

We did get to the waterfall with plenty of time to enjoy the water and the experience.


I brought my GoPro in with me, which was great because the footage is awesome!

The two Aussie sibilings climbed up a rock formation nearby the waterfall and were jumping off the ledge. It looks like fun, so I decided to climb up (again thankful for my tevas) to the top.

Once at the top, about 12 feet from the water, it was a little nerve racking to think about jumping. But, of course there was no other way down and I really wanted to do it.

I jumped and it of course was exhilarating! I came up smiling and laughing. Just a fun way play in the waterfall pool. And, I love that kind of stuff!

Feeling more alive, I swam to shore to get my outer clothes back on and head back to the boat. We got back on the boat, headed back to the dock, got on the coach and headed to our accommodations for the night.

Given that it was Christmas Eve, there were not many restaurants open. So, we ordered pizza and sat by the pool. We got to try an Australian dessert called “lamington.” It’s a yellow cake with a chocolate and coconut frosting and a whipped cream top. Really good!

We swam for a while, before heading to bed for another early morning. This time it would be Christmas!

Road to Kakadu 

Day 2 we got to sleep in until 8 am…which is major apparently. At the continental breakfast, I saw vegimite and thought I might want to try it. Because, why not? I’m in Australia and it’s their favorite treat!

So I took some advice from the local: step 1 toast the bread, step 2 spread on butter, step 3 lightly spread vegemite. Then, I tried it and it was disgusting! I wanted so bad to like it, but it reminded me of reduced soy sauce. Very salty and ew, just ew. At least I have tried it!


A few of us went to the woolworths, the Australia grocery store, to get some stuff since we would be in remote areas for the next few days. Also, we are doing a secret santa on Christmas, so I needed to get a gift.

Once I packed everything up and closed out the room, I face-timed my family to just check-in and let them know I would be unavailable for a few days.

We boarded the coach and headed off to Litchfield National park and ultimately Kakadu National Park. It was going to be a long day on the coach.

It took us about 2 hours until we got to Litchfield National park to see the Termite mounds. We saw two different types. The first was the cathedral Termite mounds, which would remind you of a grand cathedral in europe. The second was the magnetic Termite mounds which looked like grave stones. The idea is that they face north and are very skinny, so they avoid the sun and keep the temperature moderate.


Next, we headed to Florence falls to see the waterfall. With all the recent rain from the wet season, we were unable to go in. However, we could see the falls from the lookout and it was amazing!


Once we got back on the coach, Mark, out tour guide, went over a lot of rules and such. The thing that stuck out most to me was the “life coach” talk about staying positive and living in the moment. It’s not something I will have a problem with at all. The “wow moments” are why I am here!

We got into Kakadu at around 6 pm and headed to our rooms. This accommodation was in one of the remote areas, so it had “boil water” meaning you couldn’t drink the tap water without boiling it first. The bugs were out of control! There was a lot of bug spray to be used!

After a long bus ride, I went for a jog with lots of bug spray on, took a quick shower, then headed to dinner. We had burumundi, which is a local fish. We were mostly tired from the long coach ride today, so we went to bed by 10 pm, knowing we had an early rise the next morning.