Day 37 - Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge
King Leopold Ranges, Western Australia
This morning we had to get the trailer looked at - we broke the pump on the water tank somewhere back over the tanami. So, as a treat, the kids got jam donuts and chocolate milk for breakfast - this is possibly the highlight of the trip so far!
Then we stopped in at the prison tree which is a huge hollow boab that used to be used to keep prisoners. Later in WW2 it was also used to keep supplies.
Now the adventure really begins - we headed off up the Gibb River Road!
Turned off to Tunnel Creek and walked right through the cave (all 750m of it). We waded through water and it was so dark we had to hold onto each other to make sure we didn't get lost. One headlight was definately inadequate lighting for 6 people! This is the site where Jandmara hid out from the police (Cal knew this story from the library at school - thanks Mrs. Dash)
We then journeyed onto Windjana Gorge to camp for the night. We went for a walk through the gorge and saw about 50 freshwater crocodiles - most of them in one little pool. Continuing on we came across where the bats live - this was great until we found heaps of dead ones and it stank!!! Turning back we stopped where all the crocodiles were and waited until sunset - this is when the bats all flew out of the gorge, and on the way past the water swooped down to get a drink. The lucky ones managed to avoid the snapping crocodiles! It was awesome to see nature at work.