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Tolmer Falls, Litchfield National Park

Tolmer Falls were the last Falls we visited on our tour of Litchfield National Park.  As we arrived our driver and host told us there was a gentle walk down to the lookout to the Falls. As it was quite warm and humid we were glad.  But we soon discovered our idea of gentle was nothing like the driver’s idea.  It was quite steep in parts. Walking down was ok but we weren’t looking forward to walking back up.  It was more strenuous given that most of us were tired.

We couldn’t get to the base of the Falls, only to a lookout that was hundreds of metres above the base.  It gave us the chance to take in the beauty of the cliffs and surrounding area.  When I turned away from the Falls I saw a magnificent view over the treetops to the horizon.

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Wangi Falls, Litchfield National Park

Wangi Falls is just a few minutes drive from Florence Falls.  These were the most beautiful of the 3 falls we ventured to on this day.  There is a really good waterhole here so a lot of people were able to swim for about 20 minutes. I was more interested in walking around the area so only got to stick my feet in the water for 10 minutes.

The Falls had only been opened a few days earlier after being cleared as crocodile-free. For a few weeks since the wet season ended, the rangers leave cages  near bodies of water. If they find a croc it gets moved to a croc farm to live out its days.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

Florence Falls was the first of three waterfalls we visited during our tour of Litchfield National Park.  It is a beautiful double waterfall with a waterhole at the base where you can swim, safe in the knowledge there are no crocodiles around.

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Darwin: Termite mounds in Litchfield NP

On our tour of Litchfield National Park I learned that there are two types of termite mounds: Cathedral and Magnetic.

As the name suggests, the Cathedral mounds sort of look like a cathedral.  They are tall and sort of rounded and grow very tall. They can last up to 50 years.

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You can see how tall they are compared to these people.

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The Magnetic termite mounds are called that because they grow north to south to minimise the amount of sunlight during the day.  They are amazing structures.  The have arches, tunnels, chimneys and even insulation.

There seemed to be a lot more of the magnetic mounds that we saw but because they just seem to ‘pop’ out of the ground they can be found anywhere.  Another thing I noticed is the they are not mixed. The cathedral mounds seemed to grow in one part of the park and the magnetic mounds in another part.

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A cross-section of one of the mounds.

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