Helen and Doug's Round the World Trip travel blog

Bungle Bungles

We left Darwin on Saturday and drove to Litchfield National Park. The locals say it's better than Kakadu (Kaka-don't, Litchfield Do aparently!) and we agreed after seeing it. The vegetation was more beautiful and lush and the waterfalls were just as good as Kakadu. Plus it as all accessible in our car so much cheaper to visit.

We drove in along the one road and went to Wangi Falls which were spectacular but sadly unsafe for swimming at this time of year due to the large volumes of water and possible fatal attacks by crocodiles. We went on to Florence Falls for a swim instead which were beautiful and very cooling in the heat.

On the way out of the park we visited the Magnetic Termite Mounds, not particularly exciting but very different from the Cathedral Termite Mounds seen around Darwin and Kakadu.

We spent the rest of the day driving to Katherine and arrived at our lovely motel after dark which had not been the plan and was a bit worrying as that's when the kangaroos come out to jump into cars!

The next day we drove on to Kununurra along the Victoria Highway, which we were lucky was open since Cyclone Ingrid was bearing down on Darwin and threatening to drop large amounts of water. Kununurra was a fairly unexciting place, especially as it was Sunday but the reason for stopping was a flight over the amazing Bungle Bungles or Purnululu National Park. This is an impossible place to visit in the Wet and in our car at any time so a flight was the only way to see them. They are sandstone domes created thousands of years ago and covered in a crust which has oxidised and turned orange. This has been streaked by black lichen which has grown on them over the years giving them their beehive-like look. It also protects them from the elements - without it they'd have disappeared long ago. We also flew over Lake Argyle, the world's largest man-made body of water and now the centre of a croc-hunt!

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