Saturday 14th May 2011, Katherine.
How one day of our lives can change the situation and travel plans. We went to Katherine gorge to do some of the walks today, we did go there the other day just for a look, and left there rather disappointed with the area. There are several walks at the gorge, one being a loop walk to a lookout over the first section of the gorge, which is rather lengthy comprising of several gorge sections, 9 I think, and then one basically going to each section of the gorge. We had intended doing the first loop walk and the one to the next gorge section that would total about 8 kilometres, a good walk for the day, and this would then give us an idea of whether a river cruise would be worth it. It does seem that if one doesn’t want to do the many K’s of other walking tracks to see the gorges, much too much for us, the only other ways to see it all is by either a helicopter ride or a river cruise, and we do have to consider these cruises as our budget will just not allow this sort of thing at every place we visit. We did the first loop walk to the first lookout and were reasonably impressed, but not to the extent as we expected, but when we got to the second walk it was a completely different story. The track itself turned into a path made up of rocks of a rounded shape between 2 and fifteen centimetres in diameter loose underfoot, and after traversing several hundred metres of this there were two things we decided that we had to give serious consideration.
1. Linda’s back was not in the best of condition, giving her a little trouble over the past few weeks, and this sort of terrain would certainly not help it, but only aggravate the situation.
2. What a lot of people are unaware of is that people getting on and around our age, and more, have got to give a lot of thought to not breaking any bones, they will probably break easier at our age, they are harder to mend when broken at our age, and we are in a remote situation and that sort of thing would be an extreme inconvenience. The pathway footings were certainly of a nature that we could have easily lost footings and caused some damage as described.
Giving these points all the consideration needed we decided not to do the second walk, another 4 odd kilometres of that was just too much, so we returned to the car park. During the return leg, and when we got there, we discussed our disappointment with the entire situation and decided that we would do no more sightseeing at the gorge on this visit and give up and go on to Darwin on Tuesday. We do have to stop here again on our return down this way, it is the only way to drive out of Darwin, so we will then decide on doing more then when we consider things like how Linda’s back is coping.