Smithsdownunder
Our journeys around Australia

1-Jun-2005
   

We moved into another campsite in the Nitmiluk National Park called Edith Falls. This is a really well maintained site with nice shady grassed areas and a large swimming hole fed by a waterfall. There were clean toilets and hot showers and even a small shop selling hot meals. (Not that we got to try the hot food the driver has got a cook to keep him fed on this tour).

The swimming hole at Edith Falls

The swimming hole at Edith Falls
Camping at Edith Falls

We were given a nice pitch to put our van on which looked out into the surrounding bush.

This has been one of the nicest pitches we have had and I could of stayed a few more days but we travellers can't go enjoying ourselves too much.

Our van at Edith Falls

We did a circular walk that took us to the top of an escarpment and around the back of the falls where there was another swimming hole and another waterfall. I sent the navigator in to check for crocs and joined her a few minutes later.

Ali checking for crocs

Ali testing for crocs
The Top Pool

It gets quite hot here at midday so we got up early (we started the walk at 8am which for the driver was very hard to get up so early) to do the walk and the swim was quite refreshing. The start of the walk was a very steep climb for 600mtrs so it was really great to get in the water!!

The Top Pool at Edith Falls.

We had a kookaburra visit us one evening and the ornithologist tells me that it's a 'Blue Winged' kookaburra, which is different to ones we have seen earlier.

Blue Winged Kookaburra

Blue Winged Kookaburra
A park ranger gave a slide show one evening about the way the park is jointly managed between the government and the local tribes and about the wildlife around the area. He told us that there were seven freshwater crocs living in the swimming hole! My navigator is getting a bit unreliable; she didn't find any crocs before letting me go in the water.