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Litchfield National Park

Apples and Oranges!

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We left Darwin with our measled legs and arms and headed straight for the first waterhole. Everyone had recommended calling in to Berry Springs because it was so beautiful and it was a lovely swimming place. I did this with much trepidation because of the crocs. I don't care if they are fresh or salt water. They both look rather mean and I don't want a brush with either of them. Luckily I could see the bottom and I felt safe near the waterfalls.
Berry Springs waterholes

Berry Springs waterholes

Berry Springs waterhole

Berry Springs waterhole

where's Geoff?

where's Geoff?

there's Geoff

there's Geoff


Believe it or not I did swim there even though we don't have the photos to prove it.

After that it was on to Litchfield National Park. A lot of nomads had been telling us to forget about Kakadu NP and go to Litchfield NP which is much nicer. Well we can now say that it's like comparing apples and oranges.

We called into a town called Batchelor on the way, where Geoff had to clean the cartridge. Guess what we saw there.
our taxes at work

our taxes at work

where the economic stimulus goes

where the economic stimulus goes

stimulating stuff!!

stimulating stuff!!

Had to hunt for a caravan park with lots of shade and a good pool and found a beautiful one called Litchfield Tourist and Caravan Park. We even had a carport to park under with lots of trees for shade. Fantastic. Beautiful amenities and the pool was one of my favourite waterholes.

Next we headed out to the NP. Firstly there were the magnetic termite mounds. These ants are unbelievable and plentiful. They even have different mounds depending on the weather and conditions they live in. The magnetic ones have thin edges facing north and south. The east and west faces are flat and larger because they like dry and warmth. So when it is morning they stay on the western side and move on to the eastern side as the day progresses. During night they stay in the middle. These mounds are not underground because they are built on swamp area.
clever termites - magnetic mound

clever termites - magnetic mound


magnetic termite mounds - looks like a cemetery

magnetic termite mounds - looks like a cemetery

The cathedral mounds are much taller but what we see is only a third of it. Two thirds are underground because they are built on the dry land. These mounds provide shelter for snakes, lizards and other such nasties when there is fire. They are that well made they don't burn down. However, during the rains the ants go underground because the mounds can collapse.
cathedral termite mound with Minister termite

cathedral termite mound with Minister termite

We have also enjoyed the Wicked camper slogans. Don't know how they get away with some of them but this was another one.
Wicked camper slogan

Wicked camper slogan

Wicked camper slogan

Wicked camper slogan

Our first port of call was Buleys rockhole. Beautiful and so clear. There were deep pools to enjoy all the way down the rock face.
Buleys waterhole at Litchfield NP

Buleys waterhole at Litchfield NP


I loved sitting near the falls.
croc free

croc free

Next was Florence Falls. We had to walk down 135 stairs so that was our gym session for the day because we also had to go up again. It looked so nice and clear in parts again. Plenty of fish there called grunters. The fish seemed to like my mossie bites on my legs because they were nipping me all the time. Didn't like that waterhole at all but Geoff did!
Florence Falls at Litchfield NP

Florence Falls at Litchfield NP

swimming at Florence Falls

swimming at Florence Falls

On the way up the stairs we saw this cute little rock wallaby sleeping on the rocks. Don't they blend in well with their environment. He/she looked really human the way it sat.
a sleepy rock wallaby

a sleepy rock wallaby

The final waterhole was Wangi Falls. For you kiwis it is pronounced 'Won guy' falls. These signs were a little ominous.
signage at Wangi Falls waterhole

signage at Wangi Falls waterhole

another sign at Wangi Falls swimming hole

another sign at Wangi Falls swimming hole


Again it wasn't always clear waters so I headed straight for the sandy see-through bit and stayed there with fellow swimmers. Geoff was brave and swam up to the falls.
Wangi Falls waterhole

Wangi Falls waterhole

We were finally watered-out but had to call in to our favourite rockhole for a final swim. That was Buleys rockhole. On the way home we saw this fellow.
Crocodile Dundee buffalo

Crocodile Dundee buffalo

It really is a beautiful place with amazing natural beauty. We definitely love apples and oranges and recommend you experience both.

Posted by blondnomad 20:20 Archived in Australia Tagged automotive

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Excellent coverage. Photos are great, but there most be some problems you have encountered. Lets hear some of the down side. Have you seen any crocs?

by Murray

Told you that Buley's was great!!!!

by Robyn & Ted

Isn't it nice to be able to cool down? And then when you have....walk back up again and get all hot and bothered again! Sounds like you're having a wonderful time.

by Chambry

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