21.08.2008 - 29.08.2008 28 °C
Happy to leave Alice Springs behind we continued on our journey North passing the Tropic of Capricorn we're now oficially in the Tropics but you wouldn't know it since it was bloody freezing out there, it was about 7am though! We stop for lunch at the UFO Capital of Australia, Wycliffe Well, a very strange place full of alien models and accounts of UFO sightings. As dessert one of the girls, Anna, ate a moth grub from a bush coconut, it looked disgusting but is supposed to be full of goodness, no thanks! After lunch we headed to the Devils Marbles, these are big round granite boulders formed from magma and have been uncovered from the earth by the errosion of the softer sandstone surrounding them. Tonight we camped at Banka Banka cattle station managed by a bloke from Cheshire
Today we set off to Daly Waters, the town airfield was a centre for the London to Sydney air race of 1926, a refuelling stop for early Qantas flights to Singapore and a World War II Airforce base but is now more famous for the outback roadhouse which is decorated throughout with banknotes and other memorabilia left by visitors from every corner of the globe. It's also home the the only outback traffic light which is always on red to fool the tourists. Here we had lunch and the first part of our team challenge, downing a schooner race, our team lost due to the fact that the person that went first took longer to drink theirs then the whole of the other team took to finish all of their 4 drinks. IT mattered not though as we would later beat them in the trivial quiz and the dry wheatbix (weetabix) eating comp!
Our first stop of the day was at Katherine Gorge, a deep gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River, is the central attraction of the park. Katherine Gorge is made up of thirteen gorges, with rapids and falls, and follow the Katherine River. Lunch was had at a beautiful swimming spot called Edith Falls, the water was amazing and the view the same. Though half way across the 150 meter swim to the falls I did start to think about Crocs. There is only supposed to be fresh water crocs here though not the man eating Saltwater variety! It's the nicest swiming spot ever.