04.06.2012 - 08.06.2012 28 °C
We had a lie in, before leaving the dongas at Bark Hut at about 8:45am and heading toward Litchfield National Park.
On the way we passed through Batchelor, stopped briefly at the Banyan Tree caravan park where Karen and I bought some ice blocks off the least enthusiastic person I've ever met...sorry but it's not big enough to be memorable for anything else...other than 2 people and a dog buried with their feet sticking out of the ground. Elaine, I wonder how many other bodies are out here?
Then we drove on and had a look at some massive termite mounds. The tall beige / brown ones are Cathedral mounds, so named for their height and fluted appearance, and the flat grey ones are Magnetic mounds, all orientated so they point roughly due north. The first impression that we had on seeing the grey ones was that we were looking at a cemetery. What did the early explorers think when they first came upon them?
One of the termite colonies in the Cathedral mounds had died as evidenced by the number of ants, one of the termites natural enemies, that were going in and out of it. Speaking of ants, they've got tiny bright orange / red ones up here that move in disjointed bursts - because of their colour and movement they look like badly animated claymation characters.
After wandering around getting nice and hot, we went to the Buley rock hole for a swim, then had lunch, and then went down 135 steps to Florence falls for another swim. On the way to and fro we saw a golden tree snake, a little rock wallaby and little fish in the crystal clear water.
On this day, like the last few that preceded it, we spent some time chatting with Eric and Sarah, a lovely young German couple who are on holidays here. Both of them are teachers.
When we were all cool and rested, it was back to the bus for the final drive (back) to Darwin to end our 14 day Adelaide to Darwin tour. On arriving in the CBD, we picked up the luggage that we'd left when we came through 3 days ago, checked into our accommodation, freshened up and then went and joined everyone for dinner to say farewell.
Since then we've been doing the usual things that we do when we get a few days in a major town that has all the creature comforts...resting, washing, repacking, shopping, shaving, blogging and looking at the local sites.
As we've wandered around we ran into Holly, one of the kids that started the tour in Adelaide with us a fortnight ago, several times and said our goodbyes again each time. That's unlikely to happen again though as she's now in Bangkok. We'll miss her laugh and her famous "I don't liiiike it."
On Saturday morning, day 58 of our trip, we'll set out on our 22 day trip across the top end and down the west coast to Perth. If the patchy mobile coverage that we've had since leaving Adelaide is typical then there might not be many / any blog posts between here and Broome. In the meantime, keep an eye on Karen's facebook posts for short updates.
The completed entries for Days 42 and 43, which have replaced the placeholders that I originally posted, are now available. They're all about the early days of our Adelaide to Darwin trip in the areas around Quorn, Coober Pedy and Marla. Almost every entry since those days has had further photos associated with them too.