So today we were up bright and early to a heavily overcast day which we thought may keep the temperature down.
Forty five kilometers down the Kakadu Highway to the Jim Jim turnoff and then fifty-five kilometres of red dust and corrugations and we passed only a couple of cars before we turned onto the Jim Jim Waterfall road. Another nine kilometers to go, but this time was some serious four wheel driving.
More spectacular sandstone escarpment on the drive in.
Some small water crossings and then finally we were the second car in the car park and befriended Marg and Merv from Gladstone who we then spent most of the day with.
Love their plans. They left home in January and told their family they would be home by Christmas!
We travelled together in two four wheel drives for security (no snorkel on their 4WD) and were happy to spend the day together.
The sign to Jim Jim said there was a 900 meters walk and we had been pre-warned about the boulders. For the first seven hundred meters I thought they had exaggerated, but the last two hundred meters of mountain goat rock climbing over boulders the size of small trucks was challenging, particularly to my thigh muscles which were still screaming from the Ubirr walk.
|This was the very easy beginning of the track|
|Jim Jim Creek|
|Path to the falls...the easy part|
|Looking for crocs...|
Check out the beach! Remember this is in the middle of the territory .. sixty kilometers off the highway!
|Look at the height of the gorge...me sitting on rock on right|
|And on left|
|I can't believe there is a sandy beach! All the weathered sandstone.|
Two hours later, we climbed back over the small trucks
|Past the the croc trap...|
|Jim Jim creek|
|The route to Twin Falls by boat|
|Crystal clear water but spotted no crocs|
|The water is spring fed and pure enough to drink|
|A rock not a croc!|
A 200 metre walk to a small boat which kindly ferried us to the next rock climb! Just what I needed.
Richard, the aboriginal guide was fabulous and full of stories including the ones about broken ankles on the rock climb. Thank you!
Then a much less challenging climb and a short walk on a floating pontoon to get to Twin Falls.
A magnificent vista which words cannot describe. Crystal clear watercourses (with numerous crocodile warning signs) plentiful fish, beautiful bird life and no crowds.
|One of the falls at Twin Falls|
|No swimming... crocodiles!|
Oh and a bit of goss today... at Wangi Falls (picture below) a four and a half metre croc was shot and removed the day after we walked there with Alan and Jenny!
Tomorrow.. a sunset cruise on Yellow Water billabong coming up.