Leaving Katherine

Wednesday early morning I went to the new railway station in Katherine. The gate was already open, probably I had just luck, as there should be the weekly train arriving from Darwin later this day. As there are at maximum four train stops during peak season…each week, the railway station is pretty small and simple. I doubt that you can get off the train at all in Katherine, apart for doing the planned excursions. After having my breakfast nearby, I went to the hotsprings in the town. The water was warm, but not too hot, and a bit of blueish. After this refreshing bath I found an Asian woman, after asking in a shop for a patch for my trousers, to directly fix my trousers with her sewing machine, just for 5AUD. After stocking up my supplies in the supermarket except for fresh fruits and vegetables, I met again with Janet for a last coffee, as she was still in town. In the late afternoon I was finally ready to leave Katherine. I went westbound on the Victoria highway in the direction to the Western Australia border. On the way I met some wallabies and free grassing cattle on the road. I only drove for about 180 km until I reached I gravel pit next to the road shortly after sunset, where I had my dinner and spent the night.

New railway station in Katharine, from here on the new standard gauge tracks leaving the old narrow gauge pathway
Upper pool of the hotsprings in Katherine
All the way along the Victoria Highway there was tree covered savanna land

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