We were woken early again today by the big trucks and would you believe it was at 6am again. We had breakfast and packed up and were on the road by 8.30am heading towards Gregory Downs. The road was dirt and atrocious, we even had to pass some roadwork's which was not too difficult as they had a detour road alongside the road they were fixing. We then headed down to Riversleigh Station and the roads continued to be bad. We passed a number of creeks but 2 of them stick out as they were lush with Pandanas on the river and had cement crossings which were covered in Algae and quite slippery. The crossings had more than a foot of water running over them and the water was so clear you could see everything under the water. We visited the Riversleigh Australiana fossil Mammal Site (a World Heritage Site) which was very interesting, lots of fossils in the rocks
. Especially significant was the leg bone of a big bird 2.5m high weighing up to 300kg with gizzard stones also fossilized in the rock. They had a really interesting information centre with a toilet built to look like rock which fitted in with the surroundings really well. There was a whirly bird sitting atop the toilet which caught your attention as it was out of place and made you look twice. We then proceeded on to Lawn Hill Camp area over more bone jarring dirt roads arriving at 2.30pm. We set up camp then took out a Hire Canoe costing $40 for 2 hours and paddled up and about the river approx. 9klm’s long getting back to camp around 5.30pm (we paid a $50 deposit on the oars as it was going to be after hours when we return). Peter (bless his socks), made dinner tonight as we had forgotten to take out anything from the freezer, we had camp pie, four bean mix, corn, lettuce and cheese followed by some salted Macadamia nuts. A quiet night to finish the day! Today is our 100th
day out from home. Hooray!!!
Day 101 W 24/8 Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park Camp Area
We awoke this morning to the sound of birds and our noisy neighbours who were clattering about getting ready to take their 4x4 out somewhere. We returned the Paddles and reclaimed our deposit then around 8.10am we headed off and hiked up to the Upper Grange Lookout which was 3klms away
. The terrain was rocky with high stony ridges and spinifex covered the flats. We spotted a Johnson Crocodile from the lookout which was about 6-7 feet long cruising the gorge where we had canoed the night before, we were glad that the Johnsons are shy of humans. We then followed the tracks back to camp along the river’s edge calling into the Middle Gorge Lookout, Indarri Falls Lookout and then Duwadarri Lookout taking lots of photos. We made it back to camp and settled there for lunch and a few hours rest and reading during the heat of the day. We set off for the 1klm hike to the Cascades around 2.30pm so we could have a swim and were disappointed to find they were not running. We had a swim anyway in the water that was pooled below the cascades which was nice and cooling. We then continued our hike a further 1.5klms to Wild Dog Dreaming so we could view the rock art and engravings. They were not spectacular and we were not able to take photos due to the wishes of the local aboriginal people as it was a sacred site. We hiked further on to the Lower Gorge and sat for a while and were lucky to see a family of wild pigs rooting around the trees on the other side until they got our scent and moved off. We hiked back to camp and relaxed before having Chilli Con Carne for dinner. We head off tomorrow towards Cloncurry via Gregory Downs.