|Cicadas!! Marguerite was duly impressed.|
But we set up on our shady little plot and made our way down to the swimming hole simply hoping for the best. Which is exactly what we got. The creek was very deep and wide with clear water, a pontoon, swing and a large tree with sturdy branches just perfect for thrillseekers (aka Fiela and all the other kids) to jump out of. We all plunged into this beautiful water and washed off our misgivings, the dust and weariness of the day. Walking over to the 'beach' we found a shaded and shallow area to swim with a few rapids for the kids to play in. Later, we sat by the fire in the cool (28°) evening air and watched the kids dance away to the radio, feeling like this was camping at its best.
|The beautiful shaded shallow swimming 'beach'|
|Gateway to the rapids and the beach.|
|The deep swimming hole and the pontoon.|
The next day Marguerite and I hiked up a hill in an attempt to make contact with the outside world, followed by more swimming, snoozing and a general lethargy spent watching Easter weekend campers file into the park.
|Boodjamulla National Park.|
|The National Park campground down below and the explorers up very, very high.|
|Looking down the creek.|
|Indarri Falls deserted...|
When we got there it was pretty much deserted but before we could congratulate ourselves on our good luck, all of a sudden familiar faces from Adel's Grove descended upon the falls from every direction. Could it be true? Had the Uys's actually beat the madding crowd, rather than been a part of, or much more likely arrived long after it? You heard it here first!
|... and not so deserted.|
So we had a gorgeous swim with everyone else, ate our no-name brand fruitcake (Sorry, left gourmet country back in Newrybar. Black&Gold = fruitcake heaven) and took the relatively flat and much shorter route back to the car, the campground and more swims, fires and good times. (Very good apparently for the young guy camped next door who 'marathoned' with his girlfriend into the early hours of the next morning. Or so Fiela wistfully told me. I didn't hear a thing thank God.)
|Indarri from the top #1.|
|Indarri from the top #2.|
|Camp Idyllic. (Guffaw!!)|
|Most of the Uys Huis at Indarri Falls.|
|Clear waters at Adel's Grove.|
We had discussed staying an extra night in Adel's Grove, seduced by its soothing waters and shady trees, but having learnt our lesson in Karumba, we left after the Easter egg hunt on Sunday and headed down the dusty road for Camooweal, feeling decidely refreshed.`