9 July, Tuesday
09.07.2013 - 09.07.2013 30 °C
We camped right at Edith Falls which is on the other side of Katherine Gorge but still within the Nitmiluk National Park. We all loved Edith Falls. It’s on my come back to list as well. Edith Falls is in a national park that has only unpowered campsites on offer, so we had to rough it again. I loved the “check in” method which was simply an honesty system for payment and site allocation. You pick your site then complete an envelope with name, address, site number and then pop $6.60 in per person inside the envelope and slip it into a letter box safe which is bolted to a pole at the entrance to the park. Quite primitive really. After we set up swifty, we blew up our air beds and walked a short 500 metres to the most amazing swimming hole, complete with a glorious waterfall. It was a massive waterhole with a pebble island in it. We waded across to the island with our gear balancing on our air beds. The swim out to the waterfall was truly memorable. Unforgettable beauty just lying there on our airbeds gazing up at the enormous gorge walls surrounding us in the waterhole. We all felt really lucky to be there. There has been a lot of firsts for us on this trip and paddling across on air beds to a thundering waterfall was just another great one for us. Plus we did it all with the threat of being eaten by crocodiles. Ahhhh. Each of us have had our fair share of crocodile nightmares since entering the NT. There are signs up every direction you look warning us of crocodiles.
Well we really thought we were in heaven in that water hole until……….we hiked about a kilometre up to the top of the gorge to the upper pools. Oh my lord what we saw when we reached the top was the reason Edith Falls is on my come back to list. The upper pools are a series of linked water holes. Once again deep clear pools but this time with shallow sandy pools all around the outer edges. We swam all around the pools but our favourite was the pool that had the waterfall blasting into it. The force of the waterfall pushed us out along a gentle current through a gap in the rocks to another pool. Big fun.
If I could extend our stay at all it would be to spend more time here. Loved it, just loved it.