Blogs from Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania - page 3

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Travelling from Lake Argyle to Keep River National Park was a short journey, however it took nearly 3 hours. No this wasn't the result of bad roads or heavy traffic, we crossed the state boundary into the Northern Territory and consequently lost an hour and a half. So with the day nearly gone there was just enough time for a walk into the Gurrundalng. This is the Aboriginal name for Keep River N P, and suits it much better I think. It's also the name of a beautiful blue/grey stork-like bird, many of which we saw in the park. Scrambling through rocky gullies and over wooded banks of woolly-butt trees we felt completely alone amongst this beautiful wilderness. The undulating cliff faces and sporadically placed palms seemed to stretch forever with no hint of human habitation. ... read more
Our Camp
Katherine's hot springs
Darwin...swimming anyone?


So we set off from Darwin early in the morning with our guide Debden. The bus was a converted 4WD lorry base with driver + 6 in the cab section & what was pretty much a minibus on the back. Strange thing! Today we headed out to Lichfield NP and the first stop was to admire the termite mounds. We saw the owering Catherdral Termite mounds, the eerie Magnetic Termite mounds - which all align north-south and look like gravestones and the Tree-Piping Termite mounds (at speed from the bus) which are built up around the bases of trees - these termites then hollow out the tree which the aborigines then cut down & turned into didgeridoos. Next stop was the Florence Falls where we couldn't swim in the plunge pool as it was too strong ... read more
Magnetic Termite mounds
Window on the Wetlands
Florence Falls


On Friday I got up early to join a tour to Lichfield National Park, which is a couple of hours drive out of Darwin. Our first stop was at the Adelaide River where we had breakfast and coffee, held a couple of snakes, and then went on a boat cruise up the river to spot crocodiles. This tour was a little different than ones I've done in the past, as these crocodiles are used to performing to get food. They swim straight towards the boat when they hear you coming, and the staff hold some meat from a stick and the crocs jump out of the water twice on each side before getting the meat. They are totally wild crocs but are quite used to the drill, and perform very well for maximum photo opportunities. There ... read more
Snake
Adelaide River
Dock


Tuesday 28th September (cont)... Later that same day, fuelled with a bit of dutch courage and convinced that we'd been imbued with some local knowledge through the consumption of a Kangaroo, Crocodile and Barramundi mixed grill, we decided to enter a local pub quiz. Most of our answers consisted of a stock phrase " take pity on us we're Poms". This earnt us absolutely no sympathy and suffice to say we ranked towards the lower end of the scoring spectrum. Wednesday 29th September Got up early to pick up our campervan and start our journey into the wilderness. First stop Adelaide River Township where we parked up and took a trek to Robin Falls. (Hadn't seen a vehicle for hours, until Han got changed in the back of the camper and as if by magic, the ... read more
Buley rockhole(03)
Buley rockhole(02)
Magnetic termite mounds


Today we headed to Litchfield National Park for an overnight stay. As we had not booked any accommodation we had to first find somewhere to stay. Our first choice was booked out so we moved down the road to our second choice, it too was booked out. The last place had budget accommodation available for $70 a night. This bought you a 4x4 metre room with 2 bunk beds, a fridge and a vinyl floor. We did have a clunky air conditioner, so that was alright. After the owner came and gave it a thump it was quiet enough to be able to get to sleep. The lady who showed us the room said “the cobwebs are free”. The place had a real outback feel. Once our accommodation was sorted out, we headed to Florence Falls ... read more
Another termite mound
Magnetic termite mounds
Florence Falls

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I was just so excited about Litchfield National Park. Not only had we heard that it was one of the highlights of the Northern Territory, but we were meeting up with the Fitzpatrick family when we got there. The lovely Fizz (or Colin - mate of mine I met in Leeds over 10 years ago), his wonderful wife Tani (a Kiwi and all round great friend who lived in Leeds for years with Fizz) their daughter Phoebe (one very very cool ‘just turned 2’ year old) and bump (wee brother to be for Phoebs) who live in Darwin. We kind of managed to completely miscalculate how long the journey would take us from Kakadu to get there and arrived about 2 hrs later than planned to find that Fizz and Tani had saved a pitch for ... read more
Too cool for school, in Xandras flip flops
Flutterby Farm
Huge Mound


31st October - 2nd November 2009 Litchfield National Park Litchfield is awesome! I have done nothing but swim in waterholes, do some seriously fun off road driving, get up close and personal with some rather large termite mounds, star gaze and permanently part my hair in the waterfalls! It has been just great! For starters, Litchfield is small, really small. You could be in and out in one day. But that would be boring! There are 3 main watering holes to have a swim in: Florence Falls, Buleys Rockhole and Wangi Falls. All are great, all have their own character. Wangi Falls is where I stayed the night. It's the biggest swimming hole and the falls were still flowing alittle. It is shallow in most parts but then you swim over the deeper sections and well, ... read more
Litchfield National Park
Wangi Falls
Fish cam!


Day 147 - Litchfield National Park Hurrah, it’s still lovely and hot! Bring on the humidity because we just can’t get enough! Our only suggestion is that the humidity sods off when the sun goes down and doesn’t come back until just before the sun goes down again! That seems fair and proper! We didn’t sleep well, it was a tad warm! Oh well, no drama! The alarm went off early because we wanted to do a few walks before the heat of the day took hold. Gone was my initial idea of doing part of the Tabletop Track which is the long distance 39km bushwalking circuit close by. I’d been tempted by the Greenant Creek to Wangi Falls at 8.4km or the Walker Creek to Florence Falls at 10.7km. Both completely within our capabilities but ... read more
What you imagined
A very wierd looking 'thing' that caught me eye
This was an interesting little chap


Day 146 - Darwin to Wangi Falls (Litchfield National Park) It’s moving day today, yippee! Nothing can stop us now, well actually that’s not quite true as the brakes are all fixed so they will stop us!! But you know what we mean! We’re packed up in no time at all, we wave goodbye to the neighbours and hand the boom gate key in at reception to obtain our $20 deposit! It was there I spotted the headlines in todays paper “UFO sighting at popular NT tourist spot”. It seems that Wycliffe Well has done it again!! Unfortunately when we stayed the night there we didn’t see any lights in the sky or funny shaped objects floating around over head that we could write about in our blog but it seems that they’ve just had another ... read more
Unwind from the real world but don't moan if a little creek animal mistakes you for a rotting leaf
Enjoying the private spa at Walker Creek
The main swimming hole at campspot six at Walker Creek


11-8-09 Off to town today to get Prescription, book into Drs, flash lube for car, Jockey plate etc all those little things that take time. Went & saw Centrelink for an appointment & walked out with a heap of forms to fill in, honest they want to know how many times you go to the loo each day, what time & what you did. UNREAL !!!! We have to see them Friday ( Yippee ) We then decided to go to The Catalyst Club for lunch. We both had a burger & a little drinkies , it was nice after the stress of Centrelink. We got home & we had new neighbours , two very nice couples, all professionals & on holidays for a month in NT. They have been doing it for 5 years now. ... read more
10  15-8-09   Wagait Beach
13  15-8-09   Den and girls at Wagait Beach
14  15-8-09  Us at  Wagait Beach




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