Hello Everybody, we have driven south west about 153 Kms to this beautiful park. (Monday 28th) 1500 square kilometres of trees, clear running waterholes, creeks, waterfalls, rivers, swamps and walking trails just to name a few things. You can camp here next to cascading creeks or drive in for the day. Home to the Koongurrunkun, Marranuggu, Werat and Warray Aborigninal people, it is not to be missed.
BAMBOO CREEK TIN MINE
We visited the old tin mine that was started around 1905. Small in scale it run to the 1950’s when the seasonal rains became too much to continue. Not a bad run though! You can see the small stone house they lived in and the hole in the side of the hill where they mined the tin from the ironstone. The mine now is home to many bats. You can see the machinery used to separate the tin where it was then bagged and shipped off for selling. Hard Yakka!
This is where you can camp alongside the cascading creeks. There are 7 camping spots in all. You have to walk to the camp sites, no glamping here folks. Swags and tents only. The area can be closed during the wet season due to flooding and friendly crocodiles.
As you descend down the short walk to the falls you come to see a huge cliff face with the Wangi waterfall running into the deep pool below it. The water is cool as you swim out to the waterfall. There is a smaller waterfall also which I presume becomes one when the wet season is full on. A popular place with easy access. There is a café and free Wifi. Chris did the 1.7 Km loop walk up and around the top of the escarpment and back down the other side.
When you think of a swamp you don’t always conjure up the prettiest picture. But this was really pretty. So green and lots of bird life. There is a 39 Kms track you can do over several days in the dry season if you wish. Not for the faint hearted.
We could only imagine how magnificent this would be to see in the wet season. It was pretty cool even now. You get to look way down to the gorge below to see where the falls hit the big pool and flow on down the creek. The gorge is home to a protected and rare species of bat, so you cannot go to the gorge. From here you can also look out and across the national park below.
We took a drive out here to see the ruins of the homestead built in 1929 by the Sergeant Family. They had 14 children and lived here until the mid-1960’s. We didn’t quite make it to the ruins as we came across a river crossing that was probably ok to cross but when you are on your own, not always a good idea. Nice drive though!
An extremely popular spot for locals and tourists. It is school holidays here at the moment, so it was a little busy. You walk down along the hillside for a bit and then make your way down the 135 stairs to the bottom. You make your way along the path till you get to the deep pool. Two waterfalls are running into the pool, keeping it cool and refreshing. There are some large rocks in the pool to sit on or you can just float around enjoying the awesome cliff face and fauna. Sorry no photos.
As the title suggests a series of rock holes as they step down the flowing creek. You have to watch your foot work here as the rocks can get a little slippery. Some of the pools are deep and make it fun for jumping into. An easy walk down from the car park, making it another popular spot. A picnic area is available with shade. Sorry no photos, it is a little hard to look after the camera when you are swimming. Feel free to google.
MAGNETIC TERMITE MOUNDS
The mounds are built north to south. They build their mounds on a north-south axis for maximum solar absorption. The mounds look like giant headstones and are quite extraordinary and haunting like a graveyard. There is also the cathedral mounds that you see dotted around the NT, but these are quite tall.
We could easily come back here to Litchfield and explore lots more, but maybe in the cooler months.
Still more catch up to come…
Until next time…. Thanks for following 😊