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Published: April 22nd 2013
Bernie and the stars
At the very edge of Gregory National Park we slept under the Milkyway
We reluctantly left Lake Argyle and headed back into Kununurra to pick up my phone, but first we visited the Minjira National Park, a.k.a the “mini Bungles”, a consolation prize for the real thing still being inaccessible by road. It was a short hot walk, the rock formations were very cool indeed, and after a quick visit to the police station to collect my phone (which smelled like beer but was otherwise still working), we were soon on our way.
We decided to spend the night at the Gregory National park, and were relieved to find the campsites at a reasonable distance from the water (we could hear it but not see it) and there was one other couple there who reassured us we were (reasonably) safe from the crocs. The night was clear and moonless, and we braved the bug-filled air to take some shots of the Milky Way...
The next day took us from Western Australia to Norther Territory, and all the way to Katherine, where we learned that all the best sights and 4x4 tracks in both Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks were still closed due to recent heavy rains. We resigned ourselves to getting to
We found something that looked like an interesting place to have a look at, but as the fear of crocs grew, we decided to return. At least it was fun going through the mud
see the same things as everyone else, and camped for the night in Ntmiluk National Park, by Edith Falls.
We headed into Litchfield National Park the next day, and were lucky to find a campsite in Florence Falls. The next morning we went to all the sites, and they were indeed beautiful. We did a walk which turned jungley very quickly, and dared to dip our feet in Bluey Rockhole. There were some people swimming, but really, we have to be on the verge of melting in order to go swimming in any water that has crocodiles up or downstream in the middle of their migration...
Unexpectedly, we drove the dirt road out of the park, as there were no signs saying it was closed. There were a couple of river crossings, and some muddy parts, and just as we got out on the other end we waved to the guys grading the road from the other side. That entrance did boast a sign, ROAD CLOSED, $2000 FINE. Luckily, we had come the other way, and they just waved us through.
Because all the 4x4 roads were closed, and because we had heard Kakadu was having a
Wangi Falls bird
We're not sure of what kind of bird this is, but it seemed to like having its picture taken
particularly mosquito-infested wet season, we found ourselves heading into Darwin. There, after finding a caravan park close to town, we set up all our for-sale flyers around town, and proceeded to hunker down and hope for the best...
- About crossing into Northern Territory: it instantly became 90 minutes later (though this was not signposted anywhere), which meant we could have dinner at 6:30 instead of 5 and still get in the car before dark.
- WA National Parks: charges for day passes, charges for camping, no water available in the park, mostly just composting toilets, no showers
- NT National Parks: like a caravan park in the woods, showers, toilets, faucets, the works. No day passes, and supercheap camping... a little less romantic and outdoorsy, but oh-so-nice in the heat...
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