Many of the guides and crew are aboriginal from this area (known as Jawoyn) and give their traditional stories about how the area was made, named and remembered by their elders. Nitmiluk gorge winds along 12 km with sheer rock faces more than 70m high. Made up of 13 separate gorges, it is a maze of waterways sculpted from the sandstone over countless millions of years by the river. Jawoyn tradition says that Bolong created the gorge and the complete story is quite fascinating. Ask me to tell you some day.
It was quite a climb and I didn’t count the steps but it was well worth the climb with the fantastic views from the deck. Back down again, we definitely felt the need for shade and rest. We lay on the lovely grass and listened to the flying foxes squabbling in their roosts – gorgeous but smelly creatures.