a date with Kate

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Hi, let me introduce you to Kate… Katherine really, until you get to know her. Yes, this is the famous Katherine Gorge. I know you’ve been dying to see her. Kate (we’re friends now) lives in Nitmiluk National Park, in the Northern Territory of Australia, 244 km southeast of Darwin.

A little bit about 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, which begins in Kakadu. During the Dry, roughly from April to October, the Katherine Gorge waters are placid in most spots and ideal for swimming and canoeing. There may be freshwater crocodiles in most parts of the river, as they nest along the banks, but they are harmless to humans. Saltwater crocodiles regularly enter the river during the wet season, when the water levels are very high, and are subsequently removed and returned to the lower levels at the onset of the dry season. Thus, swimming in the wet season is prohibited. Cruises of various lengths go as far as the fifth gorge.” (Wiki)

We spent a day visiting Kate. She’s very interesting, and has a lovely indigenous rock art collection. We didn’t get an autograph but these are our photos.

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24 thoughts on “a date with Kate

    roughseasinthemed said:
    July 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    My namesake, both the full and short form, so one of the places I wanted to visit and didn’t get there. So muchly appreciate my virtual visit via your photos 🙂

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      🙂 Sorry it wasn’t as nice a day as it could’ve been for your visit. We’ll try to do better next time…

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    fgassette said:
    July 28, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you for the tour of Katherine Gorge and her history.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 29, 2012 at 7:38 am

      You’re welcome. It’s an amazing place.

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    The Wanderlust Gene said:
    July 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I loved this post, Ella, and the slideshow. Those rocks, the history, the phenomena. i didn’t realise she was so fickle, our Kate, drawing the salties downward when she’s in spate, marooning them in the dry. 🙂

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 29, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Thank you. We were sorry we only had the day. I’d like to do a trip were you spend a few days walking & camping through all 5 gorges. Sometimes Kate also has her [Parks] staff remove the salties if she thinks they might upset her fans… would be an interesting job.

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        The Wanderlust Gene said:
        August 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        Interesting yes, but not my cup of tea Ella – not mad keen on mixing it with creatures that can eat me alive! But I do love to marvel at them …

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          EllaDee responded:
          August 8, 2012 at 6:16 am

          Thank you. I was a little croc phobic during our travels. I agree they are facscinating so long as they keep their distance 🙂

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          The Wanderlust Gene said:
          August 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

          🙂 🙂

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    1cruzdelsur said:
    July 29, 2012 at 3:55 am

    A beautiful show. Nature is always surprising us. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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      EllaDee responded:
      August 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Nature is a wonder. I’m looking forward to future visits to Kate & getting to know her better 😉

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    robincoyle said:
    July 29, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Off topic, but I just realized your gravatar is made up of little faces. You?

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      EllaDee responded:
      July 29, 2012 at 7:50 am

      A kaleidoscopical manifestation of my inner self 😉

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        robincoyle said:
        July 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

        You dizzy blonde you. Tee hee.

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    paralaxvu said:
    August 2, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Kate is one of my nicknames, although my full name isn’t spelled the same. I love these pictures–thank you for sharing them with us. This place is going on the list of things you have to take me to when I visit;-)

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      EllaDee responded:
      August 2, 2012 at 5:48 am

      Thank you… to return would be no hardship at all. You never know 🙂

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    Leanne Cole said:
    August 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I have never been there, I don’t know if I ever will, but maybe one day. Thanks for taking me a visit with you.

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      EllaDee responded:
      August 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

      I enjoyed it but we did the touristy thing rather than trek/camping and it was a nice, if unexpectedly cool day. [I see you’re doing the same as me, up early, for a, Sunday catching up on posts… we were away, and then I came back to ;( work…] 🙂 Thnx.

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        Leanne Cole said:
        August 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

        Yes up early, though not as early as usual. Was hoping to go out and do some photos, but weather is crap. Sometimes you have to do the tourist thing. It can be really nice.

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    Pete Denton said:
    August 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Great photographs I do like to see other parts of the world that I’m never likely to see in real life. Makes me appreciate the good things in life. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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      EllaDee responded:
      August 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you – I like sharing for the same reason through WP I’ve been able to virtually visit, with that all important personal touch, places where I’ll never actually touch the ground 😉

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    smackedpentax said:
    August 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    excellent read…and some superb photos – I really enjoyed this!

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      EllaDee responded:
      August 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you. I hope you add Katherine Gorge (& indeed the NT in general) to your list of places when you come to Australia 🙂

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    wokspefarenew1983 said:
    September 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Reblogged this on Priyanka Farber Journal.

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