23rd – 25th July, 2015.
Our original plan had been to stay at Bitter Springs Caravan Park near Mataranka but on studying Wikicamps and CAW, I came across the listing for the Jalmurark Campground in the Elsey National Park. This seemed like a camping area that would appeal more to us than a caravan park, so we decided to check it out. It turned out to be a spacious, well laid out camp ground and we managed to find a nice sunny spot to set up camp.
After getting set up, Erich set off to do a little exploring of the area. The Roper River was just a short walk from our camp.
As it was now early afternoon and getting rather hot, we decided to do this walk early the next morning.
These walkways had been placed where creeks ran into the river.
25th July, 2015.
We were up early the next morning to do the walk to Mataranka Falls before the heat of the day.
It was quite a nice walk, flat and even, but the deep sandy stretches gave our calves and thighs a workout.
These are the small waterfalls close to camp.
The constantly changing light made for some interesting photos.
These are the Mataranka Falls – as the caretaker at the camp ground said, not Niagara Falls but very pretty.
Scrambling over rocks, we made our way around to a creek running into the river from the right.
Half way back to camp.