The Legendary Roadtrip

Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Friday, April 29, 2011

The Legendary Roadtrip, as our trip from Newcastle to Perth was called, is unfortunately over! But let's continue where we left off before- from Three Ways.

From there we followed the road north towards Darwin. We wanted to make a stop at Elsey National Park, but when we got there it was already getting dark. We decided to camp somewhere close and visit the national park next morning. Next day we went to the park and made some breakfast. Then we walked around in the park and we even saw a snake After the walk we swam in the famous Mataranka thermal pool. This is a crystal clear pool surrounded by rainforest. The warm, clear water comes from 100 meters under ground, and is filtered by the soil. Swimming there was a really nice and refreshing experience.

Since Kaupo had a birthday this day we decided to go straight to Darwin and find a nice cabin for the night. We made a nice dinner and celebrated with cake and chocolate The next day we went for a walking tour around the city. It was not so much to see there but it was a nice city. In the evening we drove to Lichfield National Park. We were planning to camp close to the park but it turned out to be a wet area, and most of the sideroads were flooded. After some searching we found a sign that said "Community Church Camp Site". We talked to a guy there and he said we could camp there for the night. The place was old and creepy but since we didn’t have any better options, we went for it.

Next day we went to Lichfield National Park. This is a really nice and popular park for bushwalking,  camping and especially swimming, with waterfalls plunging into gorgeous, safe swimming holes. Lichfield is a 1500- sq- km park, and we had to drive between the different “sights”. First we drove to the remarkable magnetic termite mounds. They look like huge tombstones and are perfectly aligned north to south, designed to regulate the temperature so the termites’ thin skin can cope with the extreme seasonal changes. Next stop was Buley Rockhole, where water cascades through a series of rock pools. The water was so clear and we jumped in for a cool and relaxing swim. Near Buley was Florence Falls, which is accessed by a 15- minute walking trail leading to a deep, beautiful pool with 2 waterfalls, surrounded by monsoon forest. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a swim. After that we visited 2 more waterfalls, but because of high water level and high risk of salt- water crocodiles, were these places closed for swimming. We ate lunch there and continued driving towards Kathrine, where we had planned to take a canoe trip up Kathrine Gorge the next day. When we looked for a campsite we discovered that our trusty car made some weird noises. After some discussion we decided to go to Kathrine first thing the next morning, and find a mechanic who could take a look at it. After visiting 3 different mechanics it was clear that these were the motors last days, and that getting the car fixed would cost many thousands of dollars. Since it’s a long weekend, and all the shops are closed until Tuesday, then we are stuck here for the weekend..

To be continued..
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