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Australia 2014 - Day 23 - Litchfield National Park

I had a geed sleep in my container this night. So I woke up very good relaxed in the morning and was ready for new adventures in the Litchfield National Park. After I to off my container I recognized that it was really hot for this early time. I could imagine this will become a hot day. And it should up to 38 degrees.

I took a small breakfast in the caravan park which was ok. And I noticed that there wasn't so much guest which were staying overnight here. Yes it wasn't the main season.

So I started my car and went on the Litchfield Park Road and headed out to the first attraction of the Park the Magnetic Termite Mounds.

Magnetic termit mounds in the Litchfield National ParkThese termite mounds are built by thousands of termites with a north-south orientation to control the temperature inside the mounds.

The magnetic termite mounds rise to as much as three meters in height, look relatively flat and they all face the same direction with their thinner edges facing the north and south like the needle of a compass. The currently accepted hypothesis is that the precise alignment allows the termites to keep their homes comfortable. Northern Australia gets extremely hot during the day and cool at night, and researchers believe termites have somehow harnessed the power of the earth’s magnetism to strategically climate-control their homes.

The next stop on my route through the Litchfield National Park should be the Florence Falls.

Florence Falls from aboveThe Florence Falls (Aboriginal: Karrimurra) is a segmented waterfall on the Florence Creek located within the Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia.

The Florence Falls is a spectacular double waterfall set amid the monsoon forest which cascades into a swimming hole. The lookout from the top proves a panoramic view. Open all year round, there is a 160 step staircase down to the swimming area. There is also a viewing platform at the top of the falls if you do not wish to swim. Shady Creek Walk (from Florence Falls) is an easy 1km walk one way (30mins duration).

The Wangi Falls The waterfall descends from an elevation of 84 metres (276 ft) above sea level via a series of segmented tiers that range in height between 41–52 metres (135–171 ft).

There are a lot of sights in the Litchfield National Park, but I decided for myself not to do so much because of the high temperature of this day.

So the next stay should be the popular Wangi Falls.

The Wangi Falls in the Litchfield National ParkThe Wangi Falls is a segmented waterfall on the Wangi Creek located within the Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Wangi Falls is one of Litchfield’s most popular and easily accessible attractions. It is open all year round; however swimming is not always possible due to water levels. This place is simply magic in the Wet Season! The Wangi Falls Walk (start at the Wangi Plunge Pool) is approx 1.6km return, 1 hr in duration, level (moderate, however steep in sections). This walk is to the top of the falls and offers a great opportunity for photography.

Flying foxBats of the genus Pteropus, belonging to the megabat suborder, Megachiroptera, are the largest bats in the world.

I stayed the whole afternoon with swimming and taken photos there because it was a relaxing atmosphere and it was to hot to do something else. I met a few people there with whom I talked. A german speaking guy was asking me what kind of lens I use. I responded in german and he was wondering a little bit. So we talked at least one hour in the water whilst i was going my photos. He had finished his study months aga and was traveling with a group of other young people through Australia. and we were talking another german was jumping in the pool. It was a little bit crazy to meet so many germans here, but funny too. The other guy has just arrived in Australia and was on the way from Darwin to Perth. It is a long distance and i I had a lot of respect that he did it alone in 4 weeks. Bit I like such people. who  open for such an adventure.

So we were talking and talking in between I made a break on the kiosk not far away and was walking a trail which leads through the surrounding monsoon forrest. Whilst i was walking I heard strange noises from the tree tops. And after i was looking in the tree tops I saw hundreds of flying foxes hanging in the branches, which were fanning with their wings. It seems to me that they had problems with the hot temperatures too.

Wangi Falls in the late afternoon

While I was observing the flying foxes, I  didn't recognized how fast the time was running away. So I did my last capture  of the waterfalls in the late afternoon and decided to go back to the caravan park.

Lookout close to the Tolmer Falls

I made a stop close to the Tolmer Falls on my way back to make this beautiful photo of the sunset in the Litchfield National Park.