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Published: February 28th 2015
It’s the last day of the tour with Mel and two of the girls in our group today and the four oldies, this is because this whole 13 day tour we are doing is split into 3 sections, so other people can choose to do 3, 6, 10 or 13 days. Today on the itinerary was the drive over to Litchfield National park, some more waterfalls and spring feed streams (Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole waterfalls and Wangi falls). Always refreshing as it is so hot and muggy!!
First thing we visited was the termite mounds there are two types, the tallest being the Cathedral Termite mounds these can get up to 6 metres in height, and the Magnetic mounds which are the thin grave stone mounds that the termites build facing north/south, so their homes aren’t fully in the sun to stop them from being cooked inside!!.
We went to Florence falls next, this was a long 135 steps down to the waterfall, it was amazing, Neil and Graydon were the only two to climb the 8 metre cliff to jump it!!! Those two are idiots LOL!!! Also a magnificent
double waterfall, which the boys swam under, as there was a foothold to stand!! The waterfall was so powerful that the girls couldn’t swim that far up to it, but we all sat on the rocks and chatted. When we left I got to the top of the 135 steps before realising my flip-flops (thongs over here) were at the bottom so had to go and get them!!!
The Wangi falls were also impressive, it was an 84-metre waterfall, we had a 2.6km hike around it to the summit to look at the views. It was really nice apart from all the golden orb spiders around; Neil managed to keep the walk going after moving a massive one off the path with a stick!! Once to the top the views were ok and we headed down for lunch, Mel cooked up burgers for us all and they were amazing!!
Buley Rockhole was the next stop, it had so many waterfall tiers, which some people could slide down the rapids over the rocks. It hurt my bum so I didn’t do it again after the first tier. It was pouring with rain to start with
but we all went in. Neil lost his pedometer watch at these falls, which he is sad about. There’s no way of finding it though as the tiers go on for miles. He also lost control and went down head first on a dangerous rocky bit!! Lucky he only got scraped up a bit and lost his watch!!!
With a few toilet/fuel breaks along the way back to Darwin, we finally reached Darwin again, where we all stayed in the Youth shack on Mitchel Street. Mel managed to get up a huge discount at Monsoons restaurant/bar/club, so we all ate tea for $10 and after ordering a jug of beer each ($10/jug) we pretty much had free jugs of beer and cider all night. Our group was also entered into a crab racing competition; Neil’s crab won one of the races so they received a free jug of beer. We left about 2330, and headed back to the dorm room at the youth shack. We were sharing with Jenny from our tour group and another guy who is doing the tour in the reverse order.
Good night Love V&N X
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