EDITH RIVER: CASCADES, FALLS & SWEET WATER!
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Buley Rockpool, Batchelor, Edith Falls
MILEAGE: 21617 KMS
WEATHER: 20 degrees at 7.30; blue sky.
CAMP GROUND $19 PN
Once again we were arriving at a very busy camp ground and there is a flashing sign on the 20km road in off the Stuart Highway advising calling before driving on because sites are limited. Bit late now when you are only 15 kms away.
Happily at 11am we were given a cosy site that we did not have to share and we settled in and admired our surroundings. Nice spot we thought and wandered down to the falls and once again it was stunning. a huge pool fed by a low level waterfall and quite a few safe entrance points for swimming which we did immediately.
The grunters like to nibble at your dry skin which feels weird and Kath was cautious about losing her newly formed knee scar so did not stay too long in the one place. This was just beautiful, surrounded by palms and greenery and lacking the crowds of Litchfield, we felt it was our own private garden. People are still nervous of the crocodiles because there are notices everywhere warning to take care but on the other hand this is a designated swimming place!
At outdoor slide show, the ranger explained that the pool is closed from 7pm to 7am for the crocodiles to come in and check out the pool for food. These fresh water crocodiles are virtually harmless unless cornered or antagonised unlike their cousins the aggressive salt water ones.
On Wednesday we walked the Sweetwater Pool Trail and included the Leliyn Circuit and the Upper Pools which took us almost 6 hours with pauses at Long Pool which was sandy to the safe cool swimming and Sweetwater Pool where we had lunch and chatted with a group of walkers who were completing the 5 day Jatbula Trail, 58 kms with a camp each night at another waterhole or stream! We discovered that the guide, Matt was from Gecko the company we are kayaking with on Sunday so it was good to chat about the event.
We did about 10 kms to complete the trek and felt hot and ready for a soak in the Edith Falls pool on return. The Upper Pools were spectacular and quite crowded with people as we came by- we guessed because it is just a short walk from the car park.
So we stripped off and did a long soak in the deserted Edith Falls pool, before returning to camp for a snack. The camp ground was just about full by this time and we relaxed with a book until dinner.
Before we departed this beautiful place on Thursday, we took our breakfast down to the Falls and took a last look at this gorgeous place; we met Allen, enjoyed his enthusiasm for water places and heard his story. He regularly sends photos back to his mates with the caption: "the view from my office window has changed" and travels alone and happy. Nice man and a fitting companion for our last few minutes here.