Dragonfly - Litchfield National Park

Experience : Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park

Our mates from Melbourne had flown up for a few days so we put aside a day to visit Litchfield National Park.  It’s about 100km south of Darwin and while it’s accessible all year round due to the sealed road, 4WD tracks tend to close during the wet season.  Camping is available at various locations.

 

Litchfield National Park is named after Frederick Henry Litchfield, who was part of the first European exploration of the area.  Over the last 100 years, the area has been used for tin and copper mining, and pasture, before being dubbed a national park in 1986.

 

Florence Falls

Probably the most popular location in the park, Florence Falls offers a beautiful swimming hole with fresh, clear water.  We cooled off in the shade before heading to the measly picnic area for a bite to eat.  We ended up sitting on a rock under a tree because the picnic platforms weren’t shaded.

 

Florence Falls - Litchfield National Park

 

Tolmer Falls

A short walk leads to the Tolmer Falls lookout.  You can see a natural arch that the water has created over the years before plunging down into an inaccessible pool and caves that are inhabited by bats.

 

 

 

Wangi Falls

These falls were really impressive and created quite a spray that was refreshing on our skin.  During the Wet Season, the Wangi Falls are spit out heaps of water and this attracts heaps of tourists.  There’s a café and gift shop on site, camping is available and there is a day use area, but the swimming area is closed during the wet season.

 

 

 

Termite Mounds

There are two termite features in the park – magnetic termite mounds and the cathedral termite mound.  The magnetic termite mounds are pretty cool because they all run north to south, which is designed to maximise on the temperature control features of chimneys and tunnels within the structure.  Scientists did experiments on the termites to see what affects the direction of their houses and after creating a magnetic field that was different to the earth’s, the termites started to build their mound according to the man-made magnetic field – hence the name!

 

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The cathedral termite mounds were huge and the termites were a little scary, but we preoccupied ourselves with funny photos.

 

Kieran, Dave, Maria & Juz

Melbourne

A Week In Melbourne 2014

We recently had the pleasure of being in Melbourne to attend the wedding of our good friends Kieran and Maria.  During our one week visit, we tried to see as many loved ones as possible and eat as much delicious Melbourne food as we could.

 

This was possibly the last time we would conveniently fly across the continent for an event, so we tried to make the most of it.

 

Here is a little gallery of our week…

 

 

And here’s a picture of Dave – who actually spent three days in bed due to Melbournitis.

 

Sick Dave

 

Busselton

Photography : Busselton to Bunbury

We met up with photographer Kieran Stone and after two days exploring the Margaret River Food and Wine Region, we headed up along the coast towards Perth. Here are a few shots that he took while on the road with Our Naked Australia!

Busselton Araluen Botanic Garden Araluen Botanic Garden Mandurah Sun through a marri tree Sitting under a marri tree Spider Jus recoils from camel Dave & Camel compare facial hair Bunbury Bunbury Busselton Busselton Busselton Busselton Busselton

 

 

Kieran has just gotten back after two years of living in Europe and has taken some truly amazing shots.  Check out more of his stuff on his website.