Monday 23rd July 2018 - Lazy day today. Watched a digeridoo demonstration later in the afternoon.
Tuesday 24th July 2018 - Another lazy morning before going into town to view some art galleries then a drink in Roukes before heading to Hanuman's for dinner.
Wednesday 25th July 2018 - Well what did we do today? We took a walk around the Howard Springs Reserve through the monsoon rainforest before coming across a dam fed by the river. During our short walk we saw: a couple of Mertons Water Monitors, Yellow Faced Turtles and a very large Barramundi lazing about.
Then onto Berry Springs where we took another walk through the rainforest were we saw a Northern Fantail. The loop along the monsoon rainforest path brought us out by the top pool with a small waterfall fringed by pandanus where we took a lovely swim in the warm water.
We free camped at Tumbling Waters that was a lovely place just outside of Berry Springs, nestled amongst thousands of palm trees and tropical gardens. Walked down to the beautiful billabong were we saw our first Pheasant Concal that is a very large bird from the owl family. We finished our walk along a small section of the river before heading back to a dinner of Ribs & Squid (an excellent meal, the best so far). On the way back we stopped to watch bit of Fleetwood Mac & Adele on the large screen before heading back to the caravan.
Wednesday 26th July 2018 - We left just as it was getting light, foggy and 22 degrees. We wanted to get to Wangi Falls in the Litchfield National Park so that we had a chance of getting a space at the campsite. We had been told that it is very difficult to get in. After driving most of the way on tarmac with a 15km gravel road in between we arrived at Wangi Falls around 8am and was successful in getting a good site to camp.
We had breakfast before doing the following:
Visited Bamboo Creek Tin Mine a historic site that was closed and hadn't operated since 1951.The conditions were harsh, it constantly flooded during the wet season and the owners & worked started to get silicosis and eventually it became unviable.
Walker Creek trail leads you to eight camping & swimming sites, where we swam in pool numbers 6 & 1 in the cool crystal clear waters.
Headed back to camp to relax for a bit before we walked to the Wangi Falls for another refreshing swim after a hot and humid day. Wangi Falls has a large freshwater pool that is fed by two high waterfalls.
Whilst sitting quietly after dinner a Short Eared Rock Wallaby stopped by to eat a few of the nuts that had fallen off the tree next to our caravan. It's a full moon tonight.
Friday 27th July 2018 - Got up, had breakfast & prepared for the day ahead where we visited the following:
Florence Falls, a spectacular double waterfall amid a monsoon rainforest with a pool below the falls.
Buley Rockhole had a series of small waterfalls and rockholes that provided a lovely cool place to swim after our walk to the top pool.
The Lost City was at the end of a 12km 4WD track and well worth the bumpy & dusty drive. As we wandered through the truly impressive collection of sandstone pillars, it reminded us of a city in ruins. We then drove the 12kms back to the main road to our next destination.
Tjaynera Falls/Sandy Creek. It was our intention to drive along the Reynolds River 4WD track that leads you to the creek. On arrival however, at the only open section of the track we found that it was flooded. After watching a Land Cruiser with water up to its door seals, decided that perhaps we should leave this part for another time.
Our final stop for the day was at the Cascades where we walked through another monsoon rainforest to a beautiful waterhole fed by a small cascading waterfall.
The moon was full and we saw two more Shorted Eared Rock Wallabies; a mother and baby. Later we stood and watched thousands of bats flying over the camp illuminated by the full moon screeching throughout their flight.
Saturday 28th July 2018 - What we did today:
At 8:30am we walked around the Wangi Falls loop through the warm and humid monsoon rainforest taking us to the top of the falls. The view from the top of this misty morning was over the Litchfield National Park. A large section of the forest is inhabited by the thousands of bats we saw last night.
Stopped at the Tolmer Falls; a lookout over the spectacular falls, cascading over an escarpment into a distant pool. There is a large cave at the base of the falls that is the home of the rare Ghost Bats and Horseshoe Bats.
The Magnetic Termite Mounds are the home of numerous gigantic termite mounds with some standing at a height of two metres. The mounds face north-south in orientation as this controls the temperature throughout the day by exposing the least amount of surface area to the sun.
Finally we stopped in Batchelor for the night before heading for Daly River.