Day 49 - Litchfield National Park
Litchfield Park, Northern Territory
Today we were up early and on our way to LItchfield NP. After about an hours drive we came to the Termite Mounds. First we looked at two MASSIVE mounds. They were 2 or 3 times the size of Dad - probably even bigger! Then we looked at the magnetic mounds. They are all facing north/south. The mounds are all skinny. Scienists think they have something like an in built compass because the termites make the mound facing whatever magnetic force they can. In the wild it is the North and south poles. With them all standing together it looks like a cemetary. They are made of mud, spit and termite poo.
When we were finished we drove to Florence Falls. The lookout looked like a arial veiw over the falls. We had a swim in the pond at the bottom of the falls. Yabbies kept nipping my feet. The water was cold at first but then I got used to it.
After that we went to Bulie Rockhole. The water was above 3m deep so we were allowed to jump in. I jumped off some high rocks and we made really big splashes. It was really fun and I'm pretty sure that was everyones favorite stop.
Then we drove over a very bumpy road to get to the Lost City. We had a walk around and it was really cool. All the rocks were stacked up ontop of each other and they looked like buildings. Some were like mini skyscrapers.
Wangi Falls was next on the list. There was alot of people and it was a big swim to the falls. We swam around for a bit and the water was pretty cold again.
After Wangi Falls we went to the Cascades. We swam under a waterfall and the water was warm because it was flowing over the warm rocks. To get there we had to walk across a log bridge. It was just 2 branches over a crack with water in it. We climbed up the top and swam in a shallow pool. It was even warmer than the last pool. It felt like we were in a spa.
After our swim in the spa we drove to the old tin mine,where they used to mine tin ore. It was abandon in 1951 when the mine was flooded. Tin ore was lying all over the ground - or a least thats what we think it was. We saw the ruins of a house and the old separating shed. We saw the mine. The entrance was 1m by 1m but inside was really wide. We could see rocks that had caved into the mine. The separating shed was were they separated the tin ore from the rock and dirt. They did this by spraying it with water from the concrete tank they made, connected to the river. The tin ore looked like gold from a distance but once we picked it up it was silver.
Then we drove all the way back.
For tea we went to the restraunt. The meals were very fancy and adults ones were massive, but luckilly they halved any meal for kids.