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Baroalba - Hill 420

2003 Photo Gallery

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First campsite

First campsite

Emily at the first camp site

Mosquito net tent

Mosquito net tent

100% mosquito netting is perfect for this climate. Photo R Willis

David on a high point

David on a high point

This trip includes lots of high climbs for the views

Rocky creek

Rocky creek

David and Emily walking along one of the rockier parts of the creek

Second campsite

Second campsite

We did a more rugged day walk from this camp

Small tributary gorge

Small tributary gorge

There would be no water in the small gorge in the dry season

Flat walking

Flat walking

The grass is green like this only during the wet season

Easy wade

Easy wade

Some of the easier terrain near the end of that same daywalk

Rainbow, view from cave

Rainbow, view from cave

You can often spot rainbows on trips at this time of year

Rainbow over the cave outcrop, photo R Willis

Rainbow over the cave outcrop

Another rainbow spotted from near the same campsite, photo R Willis

Photographing flowers, photo R Willis

Photographing flowers

One of the nicest things about walking at this time of year is the wildflowers, photo R Willis

Small water lily, photo R Willis

Small water lily

Most of these will disappear later in the year, photo R Willis

Swamp bloodwood

Swamp bloodwood

These bloom only during the wet season. Photo R Willis

Lily and calytrix

Lily and calytrix

A lily next to some pink calytrix. There is a different calytrix with similar flowers which blooms during the Dry. Photo R Willis

Upper Baroalba basin

Upper Baroalba basin

The terrain approaching our final campsite

Final Baroalba campsite

Final Baroalba campsite

Late in the dry season, there would be no water at this camp

Baroalba moonrise, photo R Willis

Baroalba moonrise

Moonrise as seen from the camp, photo R Willis

Arnhem escarpment view

Arnhem escarpment view

A view across to the Arnhem escarpment from where we dropped off the Baroalba massif.

Camp site at sunset

Camp site at sunset

We dropped down onto the plains and walked across to a campsite on the creek which comes off the highest point on the escarpment.

Camp close up

Camp close up

Sunset view of that camp

David walking up the creek

David walking up the creek

Following the creek upstream

Wading upstream, photo R Willis

Wading upstream

It was often easier to wade than to try and keep your feet dry, photo R Willis

Group at top of first waterfall, escarpment creek

Escarpment creek

Group at top of first waterfall

Further upstream, same creek

Further upstream, same creek

At this time of year, every little waterfall and cascade is flowing well.

Trap door spider

Trap door spider

You can't go bush without seeing beasts

Butterfly

Butterfly

Unlike many, this particular butterfly will often pose for photos

On the edge of the escarpment

On the edge of the escarpment

Near the end of the trip, we did a climb up onto Hill 420. Guide, Russell Willis, on the edge of the escarpment.

Emily in a high gorge, photo R Willis

Emily in a high gorge

Very rugged and rocky country we passed through nearing the top. The water here would disappear in the dry season. Photo R Willis

Climbing down into a small gorge near the top of Hill 420, photo R Willi

Descent

Climbing down into a small gorge near the top of Hill 420, photo R Willis

Walking through the spear grass

Walking through the spear grass

The terrain back along the plains at the end of the walk was surprisingly varied. Sometimes there was tall spear grass.

Walking across the plains near the end of the trip

Walking across the plains near the end of the trip

Sometimes the grass was quite short

Walking through a paperbark swamp

Walking through a paperbark swamp

Occasionally, there was even a small paperbark swamp.

Yellow Waters cruise boat, photo R Willis

Yellow Waters cruise boat

The trip finished with a night at Cooinda and a Yellow Waters wetlands cruise, photo R Willis

Yellow Waters paperbark swamp

Yellow Waters paperbark swamp

A portion of the large paperbark swamp which the cruise can visit only during the wet season.

White breasted sea eagle

White breasted sea eagle

The cruises offer an excellent way to see birds and the large crocodiles which make swimming in the lowlands too dangerous.

Large crocodile

Large crocodile

There are no crocs like the one shown in the areas we walk.

David and Emily

David and Emily

We'll leave this gallery with a final photo of David and Emily somewhere on the escarpment creek.

Unless otherwise labelled, the photos here were taken by David Rowe or Emily Spencer. They should be viewed in conjunction with David's trip report. Thie report originally appeared in the August 2003 issue of "The Bushwalker", the magazine of the NSW Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs.

In keeping with the wishes of the Aboriginal traditional owners of the area, we have not included any new photos of art sites in this gallery.

Many thanks to David for his trip report and to both David and Emily for the use of their photos.

Read David's trip report

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