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Australian Outback – Northern Territory (Part II of II)

Jumping crocodiles, kangaroo burgers, wallaby skeletons littering the road, and strange termite tombstones. The fauna found in the Outback was immense, but that wasn’t all that surrounded us.

Tabletop Swamp Tolmer Falls View From Tolmer Falls

Florence Falls StreamWith all the water being generated during the monsoon season, we figured the falls rumored to inhabit Litchfield National Park should be pumping. But before searching for gravity induced falling water, we drove as far into the sleepy Tabletop Swamp as our little hatchback could go. Then we stretched our legs on the dirt path leading to the base of Florence Falls. Once down at the falls, Ash waded across a swift moving creek to a money shot of the falling white water. I opted for a closer look and swam against the tough current until I was positioned directly under the largest waterfall. Next was Tolmer Falls. Though getting close to these waterfalls is nearly impossible, the view from above the tree tops was sensational, the Outback seemingly stretching into eternity. Last, but certainly not least, was Litchfield’s most popular tourist site, Wangi Falls. The water was so high that swimming was prohibited, crocodile warnings blanketed sign posts, and the viewing platform was nearly submerged. Ash could be loosely described as terrified while on the steel grate with potential crocodile nesting spots nearby. The twin falls were impressive and created a thunderous noise as we trekked closer.

Wangi Falls, Ash On Edge Shower

Buley RockholeBuley Rockhole was a welcomed respite from the sticky heat before the deluge began. A rushing creek through Litchfield National Park, it ebbs and flows through the green forest and in certain places, pools gather in excess of 10 feet deep. I reminisced about my days playing in the creek near my childhood home, though the Buley Rockhole was admittedly a bit more fun. Further along the winding stream, we watched aborigine boys climb a tall tree then leap into the pooled abyss. Simply wanting to take a gander from atop the same tree, the boys administered some good ‘ole twelve year-old ribbing once I reached my perch. Suitably peer pressured, Ashley held her breath as I unceremoniously let gravity do its work. Zita and Gerald, with their iconic high cheek bones, threw me several thumbs up for my courageous leap of faith.

Leap of Faith Greg with Outback Boys (Zita, Gerald, X)

- Greg and Ash

Learn From Our Footsteps:

1) Swimming in freshwater creeks is great fun, but watch out for leeches (hard to do). We met a father with a bleeding sore from a bloodthirsty leech from Buley Rockhole.

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