Mount Bundy Station - Adelaide River

Trip Start Apr 05, 2011
Trip End Nov 15, 2012

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A weekend at Bundy…, Mount Bundy Station. Just three kilometres from the Adelaide River township we found the station was the perfect base from which to explore the area.  With a site atop the big river bank overlooking the camp sites on the lower river bank we had a generous coverage of shade and a continuous parade of the station menagerie.

We took a trip out to the gorgeous Robin Falls and after scrambling over rocks along the makeshift track we were rewarded with a stunning triple drop fall.  Having been such a hot day the mist from the waterfall floating through the air and cooling our hot bodies was reward enough for the scramble!

The War Cemetery at Adelaide River is the fourth largest in Australia and was well worth the visit.  It is really well kept and beautifully landscaped.  Walking along the graves looking at the age of these brave young men, you realize yet again that there are no winners in war.

Back at the station I was in my element with horses roaming free, dropping by for a carrot and a pat, peacocks/lyrebirds parading past with his harem in tow.  There were paddocks with buffalo, another housed Nigel the 'friendly' bull with an array of other station livestock.  The poor guinea fowls got stressed to the max when a new dog was at the campground and was near ‘their’ tree, how could they possibly go to bed?!

Having now realised we have a major problem with our van battery we really needed to head into Darwin to sort it our prior to heading further west.  Whilst we would have commuted from Mount Bundy Station they were fully booked and so we moved further north and stayed at Noonamah.

Whilst the delightful Chris whom runs the park said they were fully booked, when Rod explained we had been there last year and just loved it she said she would squeeze us in.  Sure enough we arrived and she had a lovely site for us.  Here far enough out of Darwin so as to feel we are in the country, yet close enough to be able to drive into the city with ease.

On our first enquiry we realized we had cooked our battery… na´ve we were, what is the point of having a battery in the van which enables you to camp without a power hookup if it can never run flat…?  How many months have we been on the road?!

Anyway we know now, armed with new battery, solar panels and most importantly a voltage metre we found we learnt more in the past two days about our van than we had in our entire trip thus far!  With the problem solved it left one day for an outing and being that we did not subject ourselves to a jumping crocodile cruise on our previous lap we had second thoughts and decided to give one a go.

Overcoming our initial disappointment (annoyance) that they were only operating the large boats (peak season) once aboard we were pleasantly surprised.  Out along the Adelaide River the boat cruises along and then from time to time a saltwater crocodile will make its way over to the boat and then work to get a few bones that hang from a stick and string from the boat.

It was interesting to watch and just seeing the amazing power these crocs possess to be able to propel themselves up out of the water with their tail is worth the trip.  The river itself is mighty, a wide expanse of muddied water lined with lush green foliage home to an array of bird species.

Having traveled a fair distance along the river on our return journey birds get in on the act as well being fed as we cruise back to the dock.  These large kites collect meat mid air with their claws and then feed it up into their beaks as they fly… simply amazing to watch close up.

As we drove back across the wetlands buffalos were lying in large swampy mud puddles with egrets hanging by their sides and Jabirus strutted through the shallow waters along the edge of the reeds, oh what a lovely day we’d had!

With our new battery in place and our new toys ready to be tested it was time to start our journey west.

Highlights of Mount Bundy Station - Adelaide River:

-          Mount Bundy Station Stay

-          Horses coming up to the van for a snack and pat

-          Robin Falls

-          Jumping Crocodile Cruise
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Val S. on

And the amazing journey continues!! Solar panels... next a lounge chair? Life is getting very comfortable... enjoy. V.

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