A little more of day 5!
Since we arrived at Katherine a bit early, we had a snack and a little rest. Got all settled into the Beagle Motel for 2 nights (one our longest stays in one place of the trip!!)
It's comfortable room, but it is a bit strange that there are bars on lots of the windows in the area - and the small motel has a 8' fence around it - and a gate that closes at dark. You have to have a code to get in the gate after dark. Hmmmm. I didn't read anything about a safety issue here! I asked the lady at reception when I checked in if the area was safe. Her reply was, "oh yes, it's fine....but I wouldn't walk around in town after dark." Hmmmm. I don't think we will walk around in town after dark! We're in the middle of nowhere - this appears to be the only town in about 100 miles. It seems about the size of Hendersonville when I was growing up, maybe a bit smaller.
I had read of the "Katherine Public Hot Springs" - got directions from the front desk. After a little walk found the entrance. It's a neat little gem - doesn't look like many tourists would go to the trouble to find it.
Just a warm little creek that feeds the Katherine River. I don't know anything about the source of the heat - I don't believe this area is volcanic.....
But it is definitely warm.
The water is clear and the bottom is sandy.
It's just a lazy little creek that's about chest deep.
As you go further "upstream" it gets warmer but not uncomfortable.
The pool at the source is a popular spot.
There's even a designated "wheelchair ramp" - it just slopes down into the creek for easy access. Isn't that a neat feature?
That's all for tonight! Hope the jet-lag is better tonight!