Both at Stevie's Hole and at the Waterhouse River and Rainbow Spring confluence platform, you get the same warning. It is a crocodile management zone. This means that management practices reduce the risk of saltwater crocodiles in the area. These include: (1) Surveys are conducted during the year and prior to opening the area for swimming; (2) Traps are permanently in place; (3) Crocodiles are trapped and removed when detected; (4) Crocodiles may enter the area undetected; (5) Attacks can cause injury or death; (6) Enter the water at your own risk; and (7) Do not enter the water when a closure sign is in place. Freshwater crocodiles inhabit the area. They can become aggressive and cause injury if harrassed.
On Australia Day in 1998 a major flood devastated the of Katherine, and the area was declared a national disaster. The flood resulted from the 300–400 mm of rainwater brought by Cyclone Les that caused the already full Katherine River to peak at 20.4 meters. The floodwaters inundated the town and much of the surrounding region, requiring the evacuation of many residents. The flood covered an area of 1000 square kilometers, affected 1100 homes and cut off many roads in and out of Katherine. Three people drowned. The whole region is known to experience heavy flooding during "the wet season".
The Mataranka Homestead Tourist Resort (MHTR) has the same problem with the Waterhouse River. There is a sign under the covered patio next to Jeannie's Kitchen that shows where the "high tide" mark was on 27 Jan 1998. Others have talked about the 2002 flood, but that sign (on the door below the high tide sign) seems to be gone now. Aussirose's pic of the flooded Maluka's Bar looks like it may have been from 2002. Evidently they have to move everything to higher ground at the airport when the floods come.
It's always handy to have one of these in the car when travelling outback......doesn't have to be as flash haha :o)
We had gathered a stack of dust in the car travelling from Cairns so Zig went in search for a dust pan & brush at the local Mataranka store and came back with this!! So if you want a flash looking dust pan & brush, you now know where to pick one up :o)
Flying Foxes stink!! Be prepared for the smell :o)
Having said that, they certainly are a talking point and there's plenty of interesting info about these cute little creatures on the many signs along the bush boardwalk.
At dusk they come alive and fly around and the sight is quite amazing as you can see from my video.