Cape York Day 23 - Weipa to Seisa

Saturday, Aug 15, 1998 at 16:46

ExplorOz - David & Michelle

Rest day at Eliot Falls – day’s events covered by Michelle

After a good night of entertainment around the campfire we had the day to ourselves to visit and swim the many rockpools and rapids around this area. Most of the group took an adventurous walk following Collyn to some falls a little further North called Savannah Falls. It was a worthwhile walk to find deep water and soothing waterfalls to massage our aching muscles. After the return to camp and a short lunch it was off in the vehicles to Fruit Bat Falls just 8km South of our camp. No camping is allowed at Fruit Bat but even so they are the most popular of the falls in the region probably because of their closeness to the car park. The Falls are located within the Heathlands National Park and come under the jurisdiction of the same ranger we had visited a few days earlier. There, we had learned that Eliot Falls is not the name of the waterfalls but only the camping ground – the Falls are named Twin Falls and Indian Head Falls. Fruit Bat Falls were named after the man who first found them – his nick name was Fruit Bat because of his similar liking for fruit as the fruit bat and has nothing to do with bats. Eliot Falls camping area has lots of fresh water for both swimming and drinking with plenty of taps with both large and small tap fittings. The toilets were good but there were no showers. This didn’t seem to bother any of us considering the amount of time we were in the water anyway.

David (DM) & Michelle (MM)
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