Mataranka to Katherine

14 May—16 May 2002 We packed up at Elsey National Park this morning. This was hard work in the intense heat.  We drove into Mataranka for ice, and then to Bitter Springs.  This was a real treat.  This spring is a small stream winding through the bush, fed by hot springs, just like the hot…

Mataranka day 2

13 May 2002 This morning we hired two canoes and paddled downstream to Mataranka Falls.  We had to lug the canoes through a short stretch of forest. The falls were exquisite.  I saw a freshwater croc as soon as we arrived. I didn’t tell the kids so they wouldn’t worry.  We enjoyed the spas around…

Tennant Ck to Mataranka

11 May—12 May 2002 As we left Tenant Creek we re-fuelled, bought some more ice, and headed north on the Stuart Highway, stopping at the Old Telegraph Station north of town. We were hoping to reach Mataranka by nightfall, but this proved to be too ambitious so we pulled in for the night at Daly…