Mudgee to Darwin Day 40 - 41 Lorella Springs

Friday, Aug 23, 2013 at 10:14

Member - Lisa & Peter (NSW)

Mudgee to Darwin Day 40 - 41 Lorella Springs

After Borroloola we decided to backtrack to Lorella Springs, 140km north. We had originally planned to take a few days to travel from Katherine to Borroloola via Roper Bar, stopping in at Lost City and Lorella Springs on the way, but changed our plans when we decided to go to the rodeo at Borroloola. The road from Borroloola to the Lorella Springs turn was fairly rough in places with corrugated sections, bull dust holes, dips and creek crossings. Once we turned off, it got considerably worse for the 30km in to Lorella Springs. We set up, then got some advice on what to see, and decided to do their 20km loop track and have a swim at Tawallah Pools. On the way we stopped in at Wildfire Gorge, Emerald Pool, and Fossil Fern pool - all very pretty but the water levels are getting low as it is nears the end of the dry season. Fossil Fern had a fossilised fern in one of the rocks by the pool, very clearly defined and quite big. We had been told, the track ends about 600m before Tallawah pools and becomes a walking track, but it was ok and possible to drive all the way, "I drove up there myself a couple of weeks ago, the first bit is the worst". We thought we would have a look at the first bit, and drive up if it seemed ok. Anyway it seemed alright, so we drove on, clambering over big rocks, through a couple of creek crossings and made it to the end. It would have definitely been quicker to walk, but we enjoyed the challenge, even got to use the rear locker a couple of times, and once we had started there was no opportunity to turn around anyway.

The pool at the end was just stunning, we were all alone, had a great swim in the clear cool water with lots of tiny fish. Water was just trickling over the falls above, it wont be long till that stops too. Then it was back along the track to camp for happy hour.

The next day we considered going driving again, but it promised to be a hot day so we decided to relax at camp, do a few small repairs, and laze by the Spring-fed natural pool at the campsite. We took our chairs and books down to the spring and had several swims to cool off in the clear lukewarm water. There were fish, diving birds, banana trees around the pool and occasional visits from other campers, a very pleasant day. I cooked garlic prawns with pasta for dinner, and we got ready to head south early the next morning.



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