Just over 1500km later, arriving in the Top End..
We were wondering what the explorers thought, as they made their way in the heat, through the palm sand tropical woodlands, past the termite mounds and happened upon a warm, glorious, spring fed waterway?
Undoubtedly they decided to declare it a National Park, grab a noodle from the caravan park and float down it!
We certainly did! And with water and air temp at 34 degrees, why stop at once?
Bitter Springs in Elsey National Park, Mataranka, (so named for the bitter taste of the water) was fresh and beautiful. As we sailed the current, under the water swam fish, and turtles among sea plants and flowers! Axo1000 & I even spotted a sea snake (monitor? lizard??) gliding across the surface. And if you didn’t have the goggles on, there were reeds and water lilies and luminescent blue dragonflies hovering just above the surface. At the end, a short walking track took you back to the start.
The travellers like us (denoted by noodles and children in rashees) swam together with the locals and on the way downstream there was plenty of time for a natter, to meet new friends and hear the stories of many fellow explorers – of the 21st century kind.
It was just a short bike ride home to the campsite, where the kids loved playing with new buddies also travelling around Australia and some local animals. There were 2 dogs, Mitsy and Kelly, a cow called Spot and a baby Wallaby called Ned. There were even frogs in the amenities and we spotted at least 2 every night.