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An early rise at camp today to ensure we had a place on a helicopter flight back from the top of Mitchell Falls after the walk up.

This youngster observed the breakfast procedures with interest.


2 Aug - young wedgetail eagle
The walk up to the falls began with this possum (?) siting. He/she refused to face the camera for many walkers. I think this look might have been to ensure we were on our way.

2 Aug - quoll - Mitchell Falls Walk

Further up the track and closer to the top of the falls were these Aboriginal rock carvings openly visible from the path.

2 Aug - rock art Mitchell Falls walk

2 Aug - double barred finches - Mitchell Falls Walk

It’s a bit of a slippery walk in parts and a water crossing requires some care, but once at the top the walk proved its worth.  The last shot is from the helicopter that took 6 mins to get us back to camp.

2 Aug Mitchell Falls2 Aug Mitchell Falls from helicopterLater in the afternoon, we had a soak in the nearest water hole. My soak came prematurely as I slipped nearing the destination.  I was glad I didn’t have the camera in tow, and who needs a dry towel anyway?

Back at camp, it was clear that we had not been as vigilent with putting one of the items of food out of reach of the clever crows. Who knew they liked macadamia nuts and could cut their way through vacuum-pack plastic?

Drysdale River Station to the Mitchell Plateau

Wednesday 31 July – no photographs taken, much washing done, car packing.

Thursday 1 August

The van started its little holiday at Drysdale Station (rent free) while we looked forward to some more days in the tent.  The Kulumburu Road north to Mitchell Falls has occasional reminders of what the road can do to rubber.  The morning included some firewood collection along the road. Assigned areas are marked before the National Park begins.

1 Aug - ripped tyre

1 August wildflower
Camp set up went relatively well and there was enough light to do a partial trek down the Falls Walk to Little Merten Falls, underneath which are some of the more ancient examples of aboriginal rock art that we’ve seen thus far.

The pools at the top of the falls provided cool pre-dinner soap-free bathing as there are no showers at this site.

1 Aug Mitchell Falls camp1 Aug - behind Little Merten Falls