Day 14 – Mataranka to Hayes Creek

Day 14 – Mataranka to Hayes Creek
Douglas-Daly, Australia

Douglas-Daly, Australia

Bitter Springs are so good that we decided to go for an early morning swim before packing up and heading off. The morning was not cold but obviously colder than the water as there was steam coming off the surface. It made a really awesome sight with the river flowing through the palms and mossy banks. A few floating laps and it was time to go back and break camp to keep the push north. We filled the water tanks and headed for Katherine about 100 kms up the road where we did some grocery shopping before driving around to the Katherine Springs. A snappy lunch of fresh banana sandwiches before more hot spring swimming. I never tire from natural hot springs despite the outside temps and we had never swum here before. These were also free and just a couple of minutes from the centre of town. Not to shabby but I do like the natural river environment more. At about 2.30 pm it was time to top the fuel tanks up and head further north toward Hayes – Douglas for the night. We found a nice little caravan park in Hayes where a powered site was needed to give the camper battery a big charge before Litchfield and Kakadu. We had time for a kick of the footy and a stroll around the area. Tonight we dined on Roast Chicken (Woolworths Katherine) and hot chips from the Hayes pub with fresh bread. Yum yum yum after all the camp cooking.

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