The Cutta Cutta caves limestone caves may not the most colourful but are an amazing insight to the forming of the artesian springs in the Northern Territory.
In the wet season this cave and others like it act as funnels collecting the monsoonal rains to flow through the limestone and into the artesian basin.
The water heats up and flows out at thermal springs at Mataranka and Katherine.
The sunset over the Katherine with the bats taking off into the night ( look closely at the photo just above)
The birdlife is abundant but at Edith Falls there was something special.
This Great Bower Bird singing his full repertoire of songs. (The Great Bower Birds are amazing at mimicking sounds which they include in the songs. Other birds calls, engines starting, towels fluttering are all included.)
His singing was successful as he seduced this female into his carefully constructed Bower.
The Bunya Mountains are west of Brisbane in Australia’s Great Dividing Range and house the world’s largest Bunya Pine forest.
The Bunya Pine is one of the few plants surviving from the Jurassic period -200 million years ago these magnificent trees developed and the Bunya Mountains is the place on the planet where they are still prolific.
What a place to camp for my last nights before reaching my destination.
I love the Bunya’s droopy branches and leaves.
To me they resemble giant rastas with their shaggy dreadlocks towering above the forest.
Walking in this beautiful cool rainforest wa such a contrast to the hot dry heat of the central Australia.
Walking amongst the trees
Walking through the trees.
Gardens on the ground
And in the trees in the shape of ferns and moss on the trees.
The gentle wallabies are in the camp grounds and on the trails.
At the northern end of the range at Mt Kiangarow, the forest is drier and grass trees prolific.
The view from Mt Kiangarow magnificent
And at sunset.
That is just over 10,000km completed since I left Melbourne on 1 March 2021