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Catriona takes a dip.
Catriona takes a dip.
Playing and swimming in Never Never land.
Cruising along the Roper River.

Never-Never Experience

Thursday, October 19, 2000
Jeannie Gunn in her best-selling novel We of the Never Neverwrote, "Those who venture into this land and love it will never never want to leave".

Jeannie Gunn, in her best-selling novel We of the Never Never, said "those who venture into this land and love it will never never want to leave it".

The area within Elsey Station was recently handed back to its original inhabitants, the Mangarrayi Aboriginal people. They allow only one tourist operator to travel through their beautiful country — that's Mike Keighley of Far Out Adventures. Mike likes to keep his 4WD tours to a maximum of six people or less. While he can arrange day trips, an overnight camping tour is recommended to get the most out of this part of Australia.

This tour won the Brolga Award for Heritage and Cultural Tourism in 2000. When you go to Elsey Station with Mike you can feel the trust he has built with its owners. As he drives to his favourite spots on this 5000-square-kilometre working cattle station, you can see that he has his work cut out.

On your tour of Elsey you'll see a huge hole in the ground — it's a collapsed limestone cave, still used as an Aboriginal ceremony ground. Mrs Gunn named the spot the Punchbowl.

The Mangarrayi people have learned to make the most of the land; each season means so much to them and their very existence. If the kapok tree is covered with yellow flowers, that means the turtles and crocodiles are laying eggs and the children collect them for food.

The Roper River is chock-full of barramundi, Mike will take you there for a spot of fishing.

Naburl is a natural amphitheatre of small waterfalls, bush jacuzzis and emerald-green water, part of the Roper River. It's inaccessible to most people; Mike says it's a wonderful place to cleanse the soul.

The tropical jungle and red lily lagoon area has the world's largest stand of livistona rigida palms and is fringed by savanna plains.


South-east of Katherine, in the Northern Territory.


Far Out Adventures Never Never Tours are $200 per day per person, including transfers from Katherine accommodation 150km away, permits, royalties, lunch and guided transport in a 4WD vehicle, camping and meals on overnight trips. Tours operate from April to November on a request basis.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Far Out Adventures
5 Rutt Court, Katherine 0850
Ph: (08) 8972 2552

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