The park was quite nice and we got a good place right next to a palace on wheels -that's what we call an enormous caravan. We really are very small in comparison to some of the vans travelling around!
Once setup we went straight away to the thermal springs - Randall loved it - his kind of temperature. There were lots of people there, and it was very pleasant.
This was our first taste of crocodile country and we were a bit daunted by the sign we saw:
We went to the Elysey National Park and looked in on each touristy thing on the way. We decided to walk to the Mataranka Falls, a 4 k walk. Glad we took our water bottles. Not thinking about how hot you get walking around here, we didn't really think about how much we'd need water. We even had to fill up at a stream - water was running so Randall said it was perfectly safe. The walk was fairly hard as the track was very sandy. There was rubber matting every now and then and it was really good to walk on. The falls were very pretty, so we had a bit of a rest before heading back.
I felt comfortable in the springs but doubt I would swim in the rivers. Swimming pools for me from now on unless otherwise stated!!
We were very hot and red faced when we got back to the car. I was so glad to sit on the tailgate of the car and have a piece of fruit and some munchies. We headed back to the town of Mataranka to have a bit of a look around. There are lots of termite mounds around here, and and ENORMOUS one in the township. Randall reckons they give him the creeps.