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Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears

  • Episode: 

    3 of 7

  • Title: 

    Nitmiluk Gorge
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Fri 27 Oct 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 43 2017 : Sat 21 Oct - Fri 27 Oct
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Episode 3 - Nitmiluk Gorge
 
Ray starts his journey in a helicopter over the vast area of Nitmiluk national park in Northern Australia.  Beneath him he sees a stony wilderness, twice the size of London, created before dinosaurs roamed the earth.
 
He then travels on foot, following waterholes through this totally uninhabited land. This trail leads him to a dry forest, where parrots and cockatoos abound.  Ray travels on through groves of acacia and spinifex trees to reach the Katharine River. 
 
At the river Ray finds kookaburra birds hunting, and has an encounter with a giant water monitor lizard, which is dangerous if disturbed.  He follows the lizard’s footprints into the river gorge, where he encounters the Olive Python, which has 10,000 muscles in its body!
 
Further on down the river Ray meets park ranger Jamie Brookes, and learns from him that in the rainy season the Katharine River can flow at 40 kilometres an hour.   On their journey together, Jamie points out the stone paintings of the Jawoyn people, who believed that the giant serpent Bolong lives in the river gorge.  The climax of Ray’s journey is when he encounters 50,000 flying fox bats, and crocodiles waiting to catch them.
 
Series overview
 
This brand-new seven part series sees renowned bushcraft expert Ray Mears delving further into the outback. 
 
Ray travels across Australia to discover how the wildlife and people thrive and adapt in some of the planet’s last great areas of wilderness. 
 
In this series Ray ventures through turquoise waters, across majestic mangroves, high above mountain ranges and deep into pre-historic forests. In each episode Ray journeys through Australia in search of its remarkable landscapes, the extraordinary wildlife and the people who have survived this  wilderness.