Over the last few days clouds have been forming in the usual clear blue skies and there are talks of possible rain in the dry season. After checking with the locals we decide to take a shorter, but less developed track, instead of the longer route via bitumen to Adels Grove hoping we can arrive before the big rain hits. A beautiful and easy track (apart from a few creek crossings) leads us into Adels Grove and we manage to set up camp just before the massive downpour starts. We bail upon cooking ourselves join the communal dinner at the homestead restaurant in 99% humidity and with many others sheltering from the unusual rains.
The next morning the most heavy rains have stopped and we do a hike into the National Park to the now impressive waterfalls. The kids also enjoyed swimming in creek nearby the caravan park; jumping off the pontoon, overhanging tree branches and the epic tree swing, making friends along the way. Night time activity contains of cane toad cricket. Aka who can whack these ugly and disastrous animals as far as possible.
Close to Adels Grove is Boodjamulla National Park and we go canoeing on Lawn Hill Gorge. Soon after we paddle away we spot an eagle preying in the sky and then attacking something in the river, the eagle can’t grab it properly and we discover is a snake (Water Python?), they snake recovers and continues to swim across the river until it hits the banks, there it meets up with a fresh water crocodile…wow no more snake…Homework topic for today: food chain explained.
South of Adels Grove is the Riversleigh Australian Fossil Mammal Site which is one of the few fossil locations in the world open to the public. The kids have a ball trying to spot and classify the fossils before the guide points them out. No dinosaur bones unfortunately, but the fossilized bone and a replica of the giant duck are impressive. (romornis murrayi, a newly discovered distant relative of the duck, reached 1.5 metres high and weighed up to 250 kilograms.) Again it’s difficult to get your head around the age of this place; 26 million years old.