DAY 72 Wednesday 19th June
The Castles left a little earlier than the rest of us as they had some different places on their agenda than the rest. After breakfast we headed out to the location of the “Lost City” which is a large space filled up with sand stone Lego. These rocks have been exposed to the elements of rain, wind and time, where the soft sand rock is washed, or blown away, from hard rock surface leaving rocks standing and looking just like buildings of a huge city at dusk, complete with doors and windows in the walls. Most amazing place. The track out to the City was marked as 4WD ONLY, but was not too bad in condition for our trip.
Before leaving the car park at the Lost City we had smoko and then proceeded to our next stop, Florence Falls, which was very busy. We could hear the sound of water falling a great distance but did not see any sign of the water until we had descended about 160 steps to the bottom of the gorge. This view was from a movie set, just magic, all these cliffs closing into the water and the twin falls cascading into the plunge pool. Well Bruce could not contain himself, he just threw off his shirt and in. We all photographed him before he was ready to come out and then decided to head up a different path instead of climbing all those steps. This path was some more magic, one moment we were walking in a tropical oasis, the next we were walking in an Aussie bush scene. We did arrive at the car park and found a table alongside the creek to have our picnic lunch at before making our way to the next stop of Buley Rockholes, a series of water holes covering about 100 to 200 metres where all could play or swim to cool down.
Next stop was Tolmer Falls, the highest in Litchfield, but they can only be looked at from a viewing platform at the end of a long paved track. What a view that was though. It seems that there is no swimming in this particular hole as a couple of colonies of rare and endangered ghost bats and Orange Horshoe bats, have made a cave at the bottom of the falls their home.
Back to camp for Happy Hour before returning to Wangi Falls for a slide presentation and general talk on the Litchfield Park and its environment, plants, animals and the Rangers duties. Back to camp for tea and bed. What a big day was had. Thanks Derek and Bruce for your guiding.
DAY 73 Thursday 20th June
Pack up this morning and departed from Litchfield Park at 9.30am and proceeded to Batchelor for cuppa and leg stretch. Continued to Adelaide River where we booked into the Mt Bundy Station C/P, a working cattle station, where after setting up vans and some lunch we went exploring the town.
This town was a very important supply area for the war effort after the bombing of Darwin in 1942. We looked at some old power house foundations and an old dam, a rail bridge and an amazing cemetery where most, if not all the Australians killed at Darwin, were buried. The Dutch and American casualties were returned to their own countries, so now only Australian, English and Canadian services men and women are still here.
We will continue this walk around Adelaide River tomorrow. We then returned back to camp for happy hour. Bruce began chasing up some wood and soon had a beautiful fire burning to cook his steak. This entry then followed before bed.