DAY 30 - Jim Jim Falls (153 kms)
Drove to Jim Jim Falls. Much anticipation about this track as we've heard many variations as to the difficulty. The information books suggest about 2hrs but we did it in a little over an hour as the grader was on the road and had done a good portion of it. However, it was divided into two distinct sections, the 1st 40kms took us 1/2hr and the next 10 also 1/2hr or so. There were a few creek crossings but the most worrying sections were very soft sandy areas with deep wheel ruts. The centre had been flattened by cars without enough clearance. We took the track up to the crossing to Twin Falls but at about 1.1 to 1.2m it was too deep for us. We watched one of the 4WD buses come through and it looked pretty bumpy as well. There was a Patrol sitting on the far side, with all it's doors open probably letting a bit of water out, but it drove off so it was ok even if a bit wet. We then went to the Jim Jim Falls carpark and had lunch before setting off on the walk to the falls. The walking track gets fairly difficult for the last 300 or so meters with many boulders to scale. As it was a hot day and we had worked up a sweat, Nige dived into the cold plunge pool. The boys paddled around until Brendan worked up the courage to dunk his head. Glenda wet her toes. Once out and dry, took several photos and made our way back to the car and the drive home. Went for a swim in the caravan parks pool.
DAY 31 - Cooinda to Gunlom Falls (127 kms)
Drove to Gunlom Falls and selected a shady site, had some lunch and went for a swim. The water was cool as is usually the case with these plunge pools and it had the usually fish swimming happily around. Not much water was running so photos were a bit dismal. Back at the camper another family pulled up nearby and setup. Patrick, Sally and kids Brodie, Tess & Tara were from Port Hedland and they had Patricks parents out from Sweden or Switzerland, I forget which one. All the kids played together, first footy then chasey. After tea, we all went to a slide show about bush tucker held by a ranger. Afterwards, the adults had a chat around the fire while the kids gathered more wood and poked the fire a whole lot. A bag of marshmallows were consumed in record time.
DAY 32 - Gunlom Falls to Edith Falls (171 kms)
Sally did a great job cleaning and dressing Corey's blistered feet. He won't let us touch them but he sat pretty still for her. Drove to Edith Falls near Katherine and setup then had lunch in the shade of the trees surrounding our grass area beside our camping bay. Later we set off on the fairly long walk to the upper falls and plunge pool. It was very hot so we bought ice creams, mainly to keep Corey's mind of the walking part of the excursion. Once again the water was cool but we all got in and splashed about. Continued around the loop walk back to camp and had steak and vegies for tea.
DAY 33 - Edith Falls to Katherine (88 kms)
Very casual start to the day as not far to go into Katherine. Brendan helped outside, his apprenticeship in camper setup and packup officially started. Corey helped Mum inside. Arrived at the Katherine Low Level Caravan Park to be greeted by Nana and Pa who had arrived the day before. Had some junk food (Red Rooster) for lunch and did some grocery shopping. Went to the Country Club for tea and had a good feed.
DAY 34 - Katherine (10 kms)
Mostly housekeeping tasks today. Washing clothes, tidying and reorganising camper, writing this website and some drawing for the boys. Nana and Pa went and played golf. After lunch went to the post office to send didjirdus home as we found out that the beeswax mouthpieces wouldn't be allowed into W.A. More shopping then back to caravan park for a swim. Tea was beef stroganoff and vegies with ice cream and fruit for sweets.