Photo Recap – Small Town, Big Heart
Just after lunch, and a bit over 200 miles south of Darwin, the Ghan eases to a stop in the town of Katherine, a soggy or dusty (depending on the season) town of some 7,000 people. By now the weather has cleared and I head off down the platform to a van waiting to take us on a two hour tour of the town.
First stop is at the town’s charming museum, several rooms of interesting artifacts and mounted newspaper clippings. One of the earliest of the “Flying Doctor” services was located here, with pilot/physicians responding to emergency calls from remote ranches and farms hundreds of miles away in the outback. There is an extensive display and one of the first planes used carefully stored in a nearby ‘hanger’.