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Published: July 11th 2018
No one was swimming due to a recent croc sighting even though it was open for swimming.
Day 13 - Darwin Last day / Kakadu Trip
Today we decided to visit Litchfield National Park. This park has a reputation of being a great park to go and see waterfalls and to swim in natural pools. Now a couple of days ago I saw a comment in Trip Advisor that mentioned that there was a crocodile sighting at Wangi Falls which was our first point of call. We arrived at Wangi Falls at about 9.30am and there were a few cars but NO ONE was swimming even though the Falls were open for swimming. I wanted to chuck my sister in to check out the crocs but she wasn’t happy about the idea. A great place to visit and swim no doubt but we had been traumatised by our croc jumping tour and therefore we left without even dipping our big toe. The next stop was Tolmer Falls. Well this was disappointing as we could only see the Falls from a distance. The reason the Gorge is closed is to protect the habitat of the Ghost Bat. Left in a hurry to go to the next stop being Florence Falls. Well, the reason Wangi Falls was
Too scared to swim even though we were assured there should not be any crocs around.
nearly deserted was because everyone had no doubt heard about the stalking croc at Wangi and went for a swim at Florence Falls. This place was so crowded you had no problems about falling and hurting yourself as you would end up falling on someone if you did fall. The water was invigorating (this is another word for bloody freezing) and we all had a swim except for Xavier. He just wanted to fish. There were fish in the pool, we know because they were nipping at our feet. I am pretty sure one nipped at my butt but it could have been anyone. Hopefully not a croc. Hahaha. I must admit these Falls were spectacular.
Our next and last stop at this park was to visit the Magnetic Termite mounds. These mounds which can be up to 100 years old are up to four metres in length. An impressive site.
Finished from Litchfield National Park and headed to a town called Batchelor which has a population of 500. We got to the centre of town and nearly missed it. There was an old takeaway shop and an old convenience store. That was it. Mind you we were
Wangi Falls - Bats
We found a whole bunch of Ghost Bats. These are endangered species living in the Tolmer Gorge but we saw them in the trees at Wangi Falls
all hungry and the toasted ham cheese and tomato sandwich went down a treat.
By 1 pm we were back on the road with about 100km to get to the city of Darwin as we wanted to do some more souvenir shopping for our last full day in Darwin.
On our way home we found a nice fresh water pier coming off the Elizabeth River feeding Darwin Harbour. Xavier immediately came back to the camp, set up his fishing gear and headed back to this fishing spot. It is safe to say he spent a few hours fishing with nothing to bring home. In the meantime we cooked and ate the fish he caught a couple of days ago. Luckily we left him some (just).
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