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Written on: Friday August 22nd, 2008

A journal entry from: Around The World Without A Plane

A short 105km drive and we stopped off for the night at Mataranka, pretty much the last real attraction worth stopping off for between here and Alice Springs. After spending a full day working the whole body rowing on the Katherine River we thought we deserved yet another hot springs stop-off. The one at Mataranka is surrounded by a great, little tropical jungle that is home to many a flying fox bat and a fresh water crocodile lurking here and there as well as some exuberantly coloured, musically talented parakeets. A very lucky Mataranka camp-site was also deeply gracious at having me complete my forfeit of eating the melted chocolate hob-nobs in exchange for Loz at the last gasp managing to spot a croc. Halfway through the packet my co-travellers decided to take pity on me and allow me to dump the remainder in a nearby bin. By that time they'd laughed enough and probably couldn't stand to watch me wretch any more.