We finally left Darwin this morning. We had promised the kids a crocodile jumping cruise so unfortunately had to backtrack down the Arnhem Highway to the Adelaide River. We weren't disappointed though. Although it is no longer a novelty to see these wild ancient creatures, to see them jumping out of the water up close to the boat was a magnificent sight.
We then travelled to our destination for the next few days, the Litchfield National Park. On the way in we stopped off at the Magnetic Termite Mounds. Unlike the cathedral termite mounds, magnetic termite mounds are completely straight on both sides, with a wedge shaped bottom. They are always built north to south, so they can always have a cool side depending on the sun. As the termites are completely blind, scientists were baffled as to how they were able to perfectly place their mounds without seeing the sun. They theorised that the termites had inbuilt compasses. To prove this they used artificial magnetic compasses placed near the mounds and low and behold, the worker termites came out and began to rebuild the mound facing the correct magnetic direction.
We were hoping to stay at Wangi Falls camping area for the night, however by 3.30 all sights were full (would have been the national park free camping fee of $15.60 per night). Instead we were forced to pay the ludicrous fee of $45 per night to stay at Litchfield Safari Camp down the road. We did have to move site once due to the stench coming from the amenities, however atleast we had power in order to crank up the airconditioner.
After setting up we ventured back to Wangi Falls. After being assured by the signage that there were no crocs, Baz and the kids had a swim at the base of the falls. Great waterfall, better swim, very refreshing.
KM's - 218;
Steps - 9,589;
Max Temperature - 33;
Fish - 0 (total 12);
Pokemon's - 0 (total 250).
Accomodation - Wangi Tourist Park $45.00 (bloody rich!)
Petrol - $0