After the workshop finished we flew back to Darwin, picked up our car and caravan, had a cracked fuel tank repaired, replaced the caravan springs and stocked up on food and water.
Our first stop, after crossing the mighty Victoria River, was Keep River National Park. It is listed as one of the 10 best rock art sites in the country.
The landscape around Keep River is open bush and grassland interspersed with spectacular sandstone escarpments and ranges.
The temperature hovered around 40 degrees most of the time so we did most of our walking early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
The Jarrnarm walk is an 8km loop that takes you up onto the escarpment and back through a series of beehive domes very similar to the Bungle Bungles. At the start of this walk is one of the regions most impressive rock art galleries. Unfortunately the traditional owners had closed it to the public. According to one of the rangers they want to repair some damage and will reopen it in the future.
A shorter walk following the Keep River had a number of interesting art sites
We could find no explanation for these strange figures. Von Daniken would have seen them as visiting astronauts. Maybe they were pearl divers encountered on the coast?
300 million year old sandstone domes, ancient rock art, Livistona Palms and pockets of permanent water make Keep River an impressive National Park
We decided to camp at the Adelaide River Race Track before heading up to Darwin. The sun was setting and a few whispy clouds were catching the last bit of light.
I climbed the judges tower to take some photographs. When I climbed down there was a snake at the foot of the tower, arched up and snapping at me. I jumped back and he dissapeared into the grass. I couldn’t believe it – after hours of carefully picking my way through spinifex and speargrass the day before and not seeing a snake, to be bailed up by one here was amazing.
I snapped a blurry shot of him in the fading light with a wide angle lens as he slithered into the grass.
Four furlong bend from the top of the tower.
Last light as the sun went down
Next morning I walked over to the railway yard and couldn’t believe my luck. Someone had parked a yellow steam roller next to a purple railway carriage!