Water Babies...

Trip Start Jun 28, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Yippee! It was now time for our tour of all the natural swimming spots around the Northern Territory! First on the list was a little known place called Berry Springs Nature Park, not far from Darwin. There were two large spring-fed pools to swim in and then the gushing spring itself where you had to fight against the water to stand upright, let alone move anywhere. It was a pleasant quiet spot and a nice introduction to what was to come!

From here we went to the popular and lush Litchfield National Park. Arriving in the afternoon we stuck to swimming and relaxing in the Cascades near to where we were camping. It was a quieter spot than others which just added to the picturesque spot that seemed to attract lots of tiny electric blue dragonflies.
The next day at Litchfield we planned to play at the popular swimming sights after having a look at Tulmer Falls and Wangi Falls (which was closed due to the likelihood that saltwater crocs might still be lurking in the water after the Wet). We then headed to Buley Rockhole which was the highlight of the park to me. The bubbling waters of Buley were like a cooling natural spa where the baby falls tumbled into deep rock pools. Starting from the top, we made our way down the smooth rocks by sliding down with the current of the water - a bit like a natural waterslide. It was super fun and even though it was quite busy everyone around seemed to appreciate the area whether they were sitting on the sidelines or taking a dip!
Next on the agenda was Florence Falls, after a steep decline of 140 steps we rock-hopped into the large pool of water where the tall falls cascaded into. Lovely!

Our next adventure was to be at Bitter Springs in Mataranka. This scenic spot had the most clear water to swim in despite all of the mossy logs and rocks on the spring bed. The water was really warm too, so it was very easy to find a comfy spot to relax at by holding onto a trees root (the current would take you away if you didn't hold on!) Further on was a thermal pool that was much more touristy and even though the water was a good temperature, the scene was spoilt a bit by the crowds crammed into the pool.

So, we've done lots of swimming lately and acted like water babies. Our journey South now begins!
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