Keep River National Park

Keep River national park would be the last park I visited in the Northern Territory. Located on the border with Western Australia it is a small yet beautiful park with 2 campgrounds available.

First I stopped off at the Ranger base and looked out the back at Cockatoo Lagoon. Most of it had dried up. The remaining birds including one lone pelican sifted the murky waters for a feed.

I camped 3 nights at Jarnam campgrounds. The wet season build up storms were getting more regular. I had 2 storms pass by with a lot of lightning in the distance. The heat and humidity during the day stopped me from doing anything but sit and read. Even that at times was difficult to concentrate on. It was my intention to cross over into WA for a week and explore a few parks close by but with the heat and storms I decided on the 3rd night to scrap that idea and head straight out back to Queensland. My trip I figured was now on its final leg. I was awake by 4am unable to sleep. With the sun cresting the horizon I got up and got moving.

On my drive out I visited Gurrandalng campgrounds where the rock structures and distant mountain were lit perfectly by the morning sun.

I hiked up Ginger’s Hill to a replica Aboriginal raptor hunting hut. These were used to capture large birds of prey by sitting inside and waving a lure through the twigs on top to attract a bird. The person inside would then reach up and grab the birds legs. Don’t think I would really want to be eating some old raptor that’s been eating all the dead animals around the place but I guess if times are tough it’s food.

A few kilometres west of the park entrance is the NT/WA border and quarantine station. I stopped for a quick snap before turning around and heading back to Katherine.

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Brett is a film maker, hiker, adventurer and Defender owner. He loves the outdoors and feels most at home travelling remote outback places in Australia. The idea of waiting till retirement to begin exploring Australia is not the path Brett has chosen, instead choosing to live life now. Join him on his adventures.

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