Thursday 23rd February

I heard the Penguins last night. ūüôā After breakfast we went out to the Low Head Light house, did all the sites along the way. Found Penguin tracks. Did the tourist stuff in George Town, very lovely area. Great day, got back pretty late.

¬†Low Head Light house ¬†Lagoon Bay ¬†Maritime Museum ¬†In NZ I’d call this a Huhu Beetle but here in Australia I dont know its name. ¬†Leads Lighthouse ¬†Leads Lighthouse ¬†More Carvings by Eddie Freeman, same person that did the ones at East Beach Tourist Park. ¬†Tamar River, very windy in the exposed areas.¬† ¬†Water Tower, in between Low Head and George Town.

New Year

I’m going to add several photos to cover the past week as it was very wet and not many images.

dscf6761 ¬†The road I walk every day while camping at the river, was very smokey as there are fires in the hills.dscf6763 ¬†Our camping spot.dscf6764 ¬†I was interested as to what makes these lines in the weed on the river, well I found out its a Red Black Bellied snake, I was sitting in the pool and it swam right passed me by about 6 foot.dscf6769 ¬†Having a bit of fun with my wee underwater camera, these little fish nibble your legs while you sit still.dscf6784 ¬†The storm has passed and the waters are still rising, if you compare this image to the first posting you’ll see how much its filled up. Wonderful to see.dscf6793 ¬†My waterhole before the rains was only up to my hips, now its under my arm pits. Awesome.dscf6806¬†Heading out, trees were down after the storm.

70th Xmas & Tassie Trip

I left home mid December to head off to my favorite spot at the river then carried on down to Tasmania after the birthday and family gathering. Not a lot of images over this period at the river.

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Day 30

Monday 13th June,  Terry Smiths Lookout.

Heading to Terry Smiths Lookout for the night, its 80 km north of Cloncurry on the Burke and Wills development road. Stopped for lunch at the Burke&Wills Roadhouse,¬† big place, must of been 20 vans of sorts parked in there. We got fuel @ 1.49 a litre. Got to the Lookout and there’s heaps of vans but within the two hours the place has filled up to 19 vans. Several have a drive in and drive off. There are toilets and dump point but not always water in the tank. Light tea with a early start tomorrow. Bed and it’s only 8 pm. Few photos of the day.

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Whistling Kite, Mum was bringing food back for the young one, which was as big as the parent. It has a fish in its talon.

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Young one and parent. Whistling Kite.

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Road kill, Wedge tailed Eagle and a Whistling Kite.

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When we arrived at Terry Smiths Lookout, budgies flying free, so nice to see. Terrible lighting, but still had to take it.

Day 29

Sunday 12th June, 

Another cool morning,¬† love it. Sat by the river and just enjoyed it as we leave tomorrow. Chattered to a couple of people that came in yesterday, Got chatting and Another couple who parked opposite us all were really nice. They all came from Woolongong, NSW. Lovely group.¬† Quiet day really. I cleaned up my camera gear and put them into the car, had tea and bed by 9 pm. In reference to my words Shoot or Shot, this is with a camera. ūüôā

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Sun going down, cooling nicely.

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What a beautiful sunset, nice end to a wonderful time here at the Gregory River. Top spot. ūüôā

 

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Don cooling off, the river is very fast flowing.

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Small bridge that the trucks come in and fill up with water for the road works.

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Crimson Finch, Male.

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Young Whistling Kite.

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Grey Fantail.

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This poor kangaroo has a broken jaw, so awful to see it still trying to eat and cant help it.

Day 28

Saturday 11th June,     Gregory River

Lovely sleep last night as it was cooler. Alice and Jack headed off,  they are going home. We have decided to stay over until Monday.  Lots of vans have come in.  I had a rest this afternoon was so nice as we are in shade all day. Shot birds, went for a walk, chattered with people really relaxing day.

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Infra-red photo of the Gregory river. This is a lovely swimming hole.

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Blue Winged Kookaburra. This bird has a real funny call not like the laughing kookaburra, very timid, this was the only shot I got.

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From our campsite, looking north. That’s the main bridge on the road above.

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This is looking south from our campsite.

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Looking south from the main bridge, we are tucked up on the right hand of the image.

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Looking north from the bridge. Gregory River on right.

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Different angle. Even though there are a lot of vans, people are not in each others face, lots of room for big rigs as well.

Day 27

Friday 10th June,   Leaving Lawn Hill for Gregory River.

Got away at 9.30 am and had a good run through to Gregory River. So good to be back here, got our same site, shade all day, but plenty sun for solar. Had lunch once we were set up,¬† dumped toilet and rubbish. Would love to sit here for a week. Well I’ve checked out our meals and we have just enough to stay another 3 nights,¬† trying to run all the food out so I can stock up on fresh foods for the next leg of journey.¬† Alice and Jack are heading off early in the morning. We will stay until Monday. A lot of vans tonight, a group traveling over to do the central of Australia,¬† about 8 in the group. Mild, not to hot, beautiful.

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Horses have the right of way up here as do all the animals.

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Dusty roads, vans are still coming up this way.

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Roaming animals, they must see so much traffic they are never in a hurry to get off the road.

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Nice to see some water in some of the water holes still, they had rains out here a fortnight ago and were flooded.

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Female Crimson Finch.

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Brolgas, such big birds, they are awesome to see flying.

Day 26

Thursday 9th. 

What a day,  awesome. Did lots of shooting birds,  did the boat trip, that was fantastic learning all the history of the gorge and the Waanyi people.

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Heading up the Gorge.

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Cliff face, going up the Gorge, some light it looks red, other times its orange, keep’s changing colours. Just beautiful.

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We go up around the bend ahead. Feel very small in comparison to the cliffs.

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Another part of the trip.

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Crocodile slide. We waited but didn’t see anything.

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Canoeing, they all having fun, Indarri Falls just around the corner.

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Trees growing out of rocks, amazing.

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Part of the falls, quite a story as to how long the falls have eroded the rock away, it passes through lime stone and deposits calcium to form where the falls fall.

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Another fall as part of the Indarri falls.

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A Bower bird landed on the calcium ledge.

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Indarri Falls in all its glory, they are so beautiful..

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Shapes, colour, just breath taking.

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The skipper was telling us about the crack in this cliff face, when there’s been a lot of rain the water gushes out from this crack and forms a water fall that flows right out into the water. So where we are now he said, we’d be getting wet.

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Honey Bee full of nectar.

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Purple crowned wren.

Day 25

Wednesday 8th June 

Had a great day. Had a good breakfast and then headed off on a hike to Indarri Falls, 3 hours round trip up over the plateau and down the cliff face,¬† dam steep. The colours out here are just so vivid. The falls are beautiful. The terrain is very undulating,¬† rocky and colourful. Alice and Jack went up to the falls in their kayak, went to the second level, we saw them at the falls. Got back at 12.30 pm.¬† Had to cool down, then went for a cold shower. Had lunch and just sat around for awhile,¬† it was 35 deg today again. Flies are bad. Wearing the fly net most days. Don and Jack went walking up over the Constance Range,¬† Don said it’s beautiful but extremely tough. I’m not doing it.¬† Couldn’t get on the boat trip today but have booked for tomorrow 10 am. Looking forward to that. Not cold at nights. Lovely and fresh.

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Beautiful cliffs where we’re camping. These colours are as they are.

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Path on our 3 hour walk to Indarri falls, then to the lookout and back down to camp.

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This is the Lawn creek, magic colours. There are fresh water crocodiles but we didn’t see one.

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The Indarri Falls, so lovely.

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Love these reflections.

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Indarri falls,

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Going up the escarpment, reds and green, we are so lucky this national park was closed to flooding two weeks prior to us coming.

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View from climbing up higher, the falls being just to the left of the middle of photo.

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On our way up to the lookout, this a great view but facing the sun.

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The workers and rangers accommodation.

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Bigger view of the whole camping.

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Sun going down and I’m down by the jetty.

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Another angle. magic reflections.

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Heading back to camp, got a sun burst through the trees.

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Young crimson finch.

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Very bright but still beautiful.

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White winged triller.

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White winged triller.

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Yellow tinted honey eater.

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Liked these, don’t know there name, reminded me of the Lupines in NZ up Mt Cook.

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Lizard sunning.

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Indarra falls.

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Indarra falls.

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Close up of the falls.