My parents and I had a day in Darwin, so instead of sticking around the city we decided to take a 5 hour bus ride south to the town of Katherine and explore Nitmiluk National Park, which is known for it famous gorges and wildlife. What we did not realize was that the very next day we would be right back in the town of Katherine because it is one of the major stops for The Ghan, which we would be travelling on. If we had known this ahead of time we could have just stayed in Darwin for the day instead of spending close to 10 hours travelling on a bus back-and-forth along the Stuart Highway. Despite the fact that we had to spend a lot of time on a tour bus there were still some very interesting things to see along the way. A few of the spots that we stopped at along the Stauart Highway were the Adelaide River War Memorial and the Adelaide River Inn, which is home to Charlie the Water Buffalo that stared in Crocodile Dundee.

The day trip to Katherine Gorge gave us about 5 hours to explore and experience Katherine Gorge and the town of Katherine. The highlight of the day was definitely the boat tour, which took us all along the Katherine River and deep into the gorge. From the boat we were able to see beaches that were inhabited by crocodiles and colonies of bats hanging in caves!