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Visit Katherine NT

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One of the bigger and more well known areas to visit on a trip through the Northern Territory is the town of Katherine.

It is 320 kilometres south east of Darwin and is most popularly known for Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) and various places where you can swim in natural hot springs. This is another region where you could easily spend a week or more enjoying these aspects alone.

When we have visited previously we’ve toured through Katherine Gorge and it’s always a spectacular natural landscape to see but on our last holiday, we spent time discovering some new to us experiences and revisited some other favourite places.

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Being a Lazy Lizard at Pine Creek

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Every destination has a story to tell. We’ve been guilty of bypassing lots of small towns and localities when travelling in Australia, but to be fair, it’s a huge country to discover.

I’ve been surprised so many times though, by the off the beaten track places and I can now add Pine Creek in the Northern Territory to that list.

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Adelaide River War Cemetery

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To me, an important part of holidaying is to delve into the history of places to really gain an insight into how and why towns and cities were established and the stories of the people who lived and died there. Adelaide River is a little over an hour from Darwin in the Northern Territory and the role this location played in Australia’s war time history can’t be understated.

During WWII the conflict was brought to Australian soil when the city of Darwin was bombed by the Japanese on the 19th of February 1942. On that day, 240 people including many civilians were killed.

Following that attack, military unit camps were established at Adelaide River,and tens of thousands of troops were stationed there.

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Mindl Beach Sunset Market – Darwin

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No trip to Darwin in the dry season would be complete without an evening at the Mindl Beach Market.

These markets have now been running for more than 30 years and are held every Thursday and Sunday from the end of April through to the end of October every year. Thursday is usually the bigger night with Sunday being a smaller market and usually patronised more by the locals.

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Remember My Story – State Library Collection

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Last year during the initial stages of Covid-19 restrictions and lock downs, our State Library of South Australia called for photos from the public, for the purpose of recording this historical moment in time.

I submitted a few photos of the changes that I noticed around me in my local area, little knowing that all this time later the world would still be so affected by this pandemic.

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Darwin Street Art

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Everyone is heading to northern Australia at this time of year, escaping the cold wintery conditions of the south, and this year in particular there are more people than ever travelling.

I’ve written a recent piece for CamperMate on the journey north which is dubbed, The Explorers Way, which you can read about here. For interest sake I did a tally as we were travelling for part of the trip and in just a one hour section of the journey, I counted 92 caravans / camper trailers / holiday makers heading north! I can certainly see the appeal and even though it seems extremely busy, there are plenty of free camping options and road side parking areas to enjoy the trip.

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