Elsey National Park, second day off

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Second lazy day off :-) I’ve never read that much haha. But I enjoy it. Today, I’m going to visit Mataranka falls and unfortunately already two persons told how it is so I won’t have any surprise. Anyway, the walk should be nice, especially during the morning before it gets too hot. Let’s go!

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Yesterday, I turned left, today I’m turning right (that was an easy one ;-)

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The path is signalized so I won’t get lost, cool!

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River crossing.

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I’m going to follow the river nearly all the way.

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Nice ;-)

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Rah! I don’t like to walk in the sand…

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The river again. I’ve never seen that much water in one day since a long time now :-)

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Some more termite’s nests.

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They are quite creative as well ;-)

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Few, Nice!

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I’ve been fast and there is only on kilometre left.

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Wow! What is that tree?

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Cotton!

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It’s around 9am now and the sun is high and hot all ready.

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Almost there. The path seems to be more and more narrow.

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And lower and lower.

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I will be in a jungle soon if it still progresses like this.

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Now there is rocks everywhere. I can hear the falls now. Are they big? Huge? High?

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Wo…. Huuuh… haha! Mataranka falls! About 80cm high, 30m long, Im-pre-ssive :-)

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And it continues a bit more apparently. Nice big palm trees.

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The river is now quiet again. Maybe crocodiles are waiting around.

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The sky is blue, there is palm trees. This is very different than the red centre.

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Palm trees reflection.

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Another stream.

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Okay, that was the end of the path. I’m now in my way back.

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Second view of the Mataranka falls.

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3km and I will be back to the campsite.

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Termites.

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They are not always visible but once a while There is one nest where they are active. I did not imagine termites like this before. They look like ants with a golden color on their head and back.

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Look the size of this nest!

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We are the same size! Very impressive what those termites can build.


I’ve got another 2km to walk and then I will spend the rest of my afternoon doing no more than reading. See you later then :-)

3 thoughts on “Elsey National Park, second day off

  1. Very cool posts Damien ! … I am glad you can enjoy Mataranka.. I liked it there too… The tree you saw was a Kapock tree.. the early settlers used it under the horses saddle as a blanket, I think the plant came from South America via seeds in the Kapock Blanket.. It is like cotton..
    PS.. We saw a Death Adder snake on the job today… http://entropy.info/updates/

  2. Jolie promenade au bord de la rivière. Raffraîchissante ! Les nids de termites sont vraiment impressionnants. J’imagine le nombre d’individus qui doivent y vivre !

  3. They don’t look like termites…. Did they come to hunt termites?

    I like the video of Mataranka falls. I could see the shines of the water and make me feel that I am there!

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