Elsey National Park botanic walk

Elsey National Park botanic walk, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

For 2 nights we camped in the Elsey National Park, 20km from Mataranka. This park had solar hot water in the showers and flush toilets. Fires were allowed and they supplied wood to use in the BBQ pits. Really quite civilised…

We walked along the Roper River bank, 4kms, to a small waterfall. A lot of the track was loose sand so quite slow walking. Then we had to walk 4kms back to camp, but it was a very interesting walk with a variety of the bush in flower. Saw a beautiful yellow Grevillea in perfect flower. When we got back to camp we had a short rest then it was onto the bikes and rode round to the swimming hole.

This is crocodile country but signs assured us that they watch the area and have crocodile traps set to, hopefully, catch any that turn up. So we decided to risk it as the water was running over rocks and bubbling like a spa pool. It was very refreshing…

Jack lit the fire to cook dinner and we had Ted and Glenda from the next camper van joined us to cook their jaffle sandwiches in our fire embers. It is a lovely part of travelling when you join up and get to, briefly, know people. You are never alone when you are travelling. The National park and free camps seem to have friendlier people than the ones that stay in big organized caravan parks. The large caravan owners tend to have TV with them, so, generally speaking, they shut themselves in, often with the aircon going, and watch TV…..

Next day we moved on, but first we stopped to do a 1.5km walk around the “botanic walk” a delightful area,( the large photo at the top of this post was taken on that walk ) A number of the trees had name tags and descriptions about what the aboriginals used them for. This area was alive with bird song and a creek, full of striped fish, wound its way through.

A 30km drive took us out and through the township of Mataranka and into the northern end of the park so we could have a relaxing soak in the Bitter Springs hot pool. This was body temperature and in beautiful surroundings and crystal clear and free.

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