birding accommodation places

To: "Ian Fraser" <>, "birding Aus" <>
Subject: birding accommodation places
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 07:02:23 +0000
Hi Ian
Good natural history accommodation is hard to come by, especially in the 
Northern Territory where people know little about their wildlife and fill 
their gardens with exotic plants.  However there are a few places I use 
on my trips, namely Eden near Fogg Dam run by Heather and Jeremy. They 
aren't birdy people but are interested (especially since I discovered 
Rainbow Pittas in their garden) and are working with me to promote 
birdwatching in the Top End.

 I also stay at Digger's Rest, Pine Creek with Pat and Ron Smith.  The 
surroundings aren't particularly natural but they're great people and 
good friends especially important in little places like Pine Creek (last 
week they pulled me and friends out when we got bogged at the Pine Creek 
sewage ponds.  No questions asked and all payment refused). They are also 
doing their best to promote bird watching in the area.  

My big bugbear is finding somewhere out in the bush with decent food and 
there's one place I'd like to promote.  I started using this Katherine 
cafe when I worked on Gouldian Finch surveys back in 1989 (I think it 
was) and the standard of food has not varied - it was very good back then 
and still is.  The Terrace Cafe owned by Bruce and Jan Ferguson, in the 
Katherine Woolworths Shopping Centre, phone 08 72 2728.  Email: 
<>.  Their fish and chips is always freshly 
cooked, (the fish batter thin) and their coffee milkshakes are out of 
this world.  And no I don't own shares in the business!  But try spending 
weeks at a time out bush living on tinned food and you really welcome the 


Denise Goodfellow  (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)

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