Litchfield National Park and Darwin

29 07 2014
Staying amongst the Mango Trees

Staying amongst the Mango Trees

Hasn’t this post been a long time coming??

Life can get busy no matter where you are and what you’re doing :-).  Travel keeps me well occupied (I know you’re feeling very sorry for me right now LOL).

I’ve immersed myself in the world of books.  Never being much of a reader before this new found past time takes you away to far places with interesting characters and gives my eldest child and me endless conversations about authors, characters, story lines and then of course we have to watch the movies of the books too.  I’ve also finished a long awaited crotchet blanket for my second daughter, crotched a small lap blanket for a dear friend, experimented with new recipes I make up depending upon what I feel like at the time, cook, wash, shop, teach etc.  Then there’s the sight seeing and travel planning…. oh what a life :-).   I’ve no complaints, but the short of it is I do enjoy blogging, but lately reading and crocheting have won the affections of my time.

We were welcomed at Crazy Acres!  Stephen serviced some vehicles and got the fork lift going that had been in the shed for the past 18 months.  I even helped with the ice-cream production!

We were welcomed at Crazy Acres! Stephen serviced some vehicles and got the fork lift going that had been in the shed for the past 18 months. I even helped with the ice-cream production!

A stay in Darwin was at Crazy Acres Mango Farm.  What a wonderful place to find ourselves for a few weeks, camped between the mango trees in Berry Springs.  We loved our time here with Karen, John and their two lovely boys who played with our two boys most days.  It was perfect timing as it was school holidays in Darwin so the boys had plenty of time for games plus we had the pleasure of spending time with friends we met in Broome!  Sharing meals and outings with Chris, Keith & Alexander was definitely a highlight of our stay.  Seeing familiar faces is always good for the soul.

I had a lovely birthday at Berry Springs with our Broome friends (who are actually from Victoria) Chis, Keith & Alexander.

I had a lovely birthday at Berry Springs with our Broome friends (who are actually from Victoria) Chis, Keith & Alexander.

We chose to do a day trip to Litchfield National Park from Berry Springs rather than make that our first stop after Darwin as originally planned.  It was perfect to visit for the day as it’s much smaller than Kakadu, although of course we didn’t see everything there is to see but neither did we at Kakadu.

We stopped off at the old tin mine having a little look around the old buildings.  Litchfield had quite a tin mining history and there was plenty of specimens of tin lying around the ground.  Standing in the places people used to inhabit and work really gives you a sense of their lives.  To think how remote with lack of amenities it was for our pioneers sure gives you an appreciation for how good we have it today!

Wangi Falls was one of our stops.  I was surprised to see so many people, plus a cafe and even stairs with a railing into the water!  We were wondering why everyone walking back from the falls with towels around their necks appeared to be dry.  Once we got to the water ourselves it became apparent why.  The water was FREEZING COLD!  Many people still ventured in as it seems human nature to immerse oneself in any water you see (hence the constant crocodile warning signs at every puddle in the NT) BUT the percentage of people who actually went in completely, ducking their heads under was next to none!

We headed off to another abandoned cottage which we could potter about plus a walk to a spectacular waterfall lookout and then finished with the magnetic termite mounds.  The mounds run from South to North so the mounds can control their temperatures from the sun.  I really wished I photographed one of the signs there as I found an amusing quote from an early explorer along the lines of being VERY unimpressed when he’d trekked so long with nothing to see and then came across these ghastly looking mounds!

Overall Litchfield was a pleasant day out…. BUT does it surpass Kakadu?  I think my impressions of Kakadu have risen.  Kakadu has loads of interesting features, fascinating remote locations and although it could be because we gave it more time to explore, I definitely found Kakadu to be a wonderful experience and it’s continual comparison to Litchfield and being inferior we don’t agree with.  If you’re visiting the Northern Territory please visit both National Parks – spend time immersing yourself in all they have to offer and enjoy :-).  And don’t forget to call into Crazy Acres mango farm for lunch, smoothie or ice-cream!  I recommend the lime ice-cream (my personal favourite).  www.crazyacres.com.au

Wangi Falls… VERY cold.

Wangi Falls… VERY cold.

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Water crossing in Litchfield

Water crossing in Litchfield

Magnetic Termite Mounds

Magnetic Termite Mounds

The Cathedral Termite Mound

The Cathedral Termite Mound

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Tin Mine Ruins

Tin Mine Ruins

Tolmer Falls

Tolmer Falls

 

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10 responses

29 07 2014
Lorna

Hi guys! Thought you’d finally motored off the edge of the planet, thus proving all the Flat-Earthers right..
As a lifelong book lover I can understand how absorbing they can become, especially bio’s & autobio’s.
And so the adventure continues. Crazy Acres sounds pretty close to Paradise to me, being rather partial to mangoes AND ice cream.
All good here. We have sold our place & are about to begin the Great Pack..
Blessings to all – & keep those fab pics coming!!!
Love L.

30 07 2014
Hit the Track

Haha Lorna! We’re still here on the planet :-). Happy packing xx

29 07 2014
Karen

Glad you enjoyed your stay with us at Crazy Acres. Was great having you all here and seeing that old forklift move was the pinnacle!!!! Hope to see you back through here one day for another ice cream. I’m sure we’ll have even more flavours by then 🙂

30 07 2014
Sue

We loved both parks – Litchfield was wonderful for its accessibility and because you could swim (obviously not as cold when we were there), but Kakadu was wonderful because of the vast amazing widlerness, wondefdul escarpments and wildlife. Our favorite in Kakadu was twin falls (I have been there twicw) and in Litchfield it was Buleys rockhole where we camped. PS. The water crossing looks familar was that south of Blyth homestead?

30 07 2014
Hit the Track

Yes Sue that’s the water crossing! Always feels a little concerning at the thought of crocodiles around :-). We missed twin falls and bluey’s rock hole – next time!

31 07 2014
Sue BM

Yes – you always have to plan for a next time!! I am planning to see Twin Falls in the wet one day (I guess it will have to be from the air). It was a hairy crossing from memory.

4 08 2014
Are We There Yet?

Sigh. We never made it to Darwin, Litchfield etc – would really love to get there next year maybe! Awesome that you stayed on a mango farm looks a bit like our mango farm!

4 08 2014
Hit the Track

Where abouts is your mango farm?

4 08 2014
Are We There Yet?

We’re in Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands – about an hour from Cairns.

4 08 2014
Hit the Track

Nice – well next year you can do the Savannah Way and head into Darwin 🙂

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