Litchfield and Mary River National Parks. New Territories
We had signed up for a three day luxury camping tour of
So we got in touch with Adventure Tours
They were very organised and efficient, and as a bonus the trip cost nearly half as much as the original one. We were of course to find out why it was so much cheaper later on……………………..
We were met by Leah our tour guide and driver, at 0615
This was based on a Mitsubishi 4WD truck platform, with a
locally fabricated “coach body”. This had its own independent suspension
in addition to the trucks suspension. So it made for a remarkably comfortable ride
on some VERY lumpy terrain for the 12 passengers it could accommodate. In
addition to luggage storage, it also carried load of water, diesel, and full
tools and catering equipment. Not to mention vital spare wheels…………………..On
the tarmac roads it would comfortably cruise along at 140kph. Which was just
as well as we had to cover a massive mileage in three days. Just to put that in
Once all the other passengers had been collected in down
town Darwin, we headed off to
Litchfield’s main attraction is the river and the spectacular water falls.
Litchfield Falls from the observation platform
Although this is the dry season in the
I can’t remember how high these fall are but as you will see from the picture below, the water lands on the pool below with considerable force…………….
“Take my breath away……………..”
There is also a mini maelstrom of wind at the base of the cliff. The water in this pool was mercifully cooling on what was a stifling hot and muggy day. The only minor issue here was the fact that it was the weekend and so the swimming area was packed with locals and tourists all taking a dip. Lovely experience though, and the first off several swimming opportunities to come over the next thee days.
After the swim, we headed up the pathway and then climbed
the steel staircase to the top of the gorge and onto the observation platform.
On the way up there, in the shade of the trees and boulders we spied the rare
Rock Wallabies. These are only 9 or 10inches tall. But perfectly formed. Very
timid and quite adorable. But as they blend in with their surroundings, they
are well camouflaged. So they were impossible to photograph with ordinary
camera gear. Flying overhead were Kites (look a bit like the Buzzards we get in
Along the way Leah gave us a talk about the flora and fauna and the way the Aboriginal people use their natural properties to advantage in hunting, medicines and other areas. Like one of the trees (Bankous) has a leaf which when crushed releases Sateen’s. These act like soap, and also when enough of them are thrown into the water, they reduce the oxygen levels. So the fish come to the surface to get air…onto the waiting spears of the hunters.
We then all piled back into the bus for a short hp to the next water fun. The rapids above the falls. This was a series of cascading pools and rapids and although the sand stone was quite treacherous due to the green slime below the water, it was once again a very nice sensation just to sit in your own personal Jacuzzi, in the outback!
Cooling off in the sun…38°C and high humidity
As you can see “crew” was just lapping this up!!
Now at this point I was going to do a bit about the
To follow soon………………..
Oh, on our way to Kupang in West