THURSDAY 14 JUNE BULLITA CAMPGROUND
After the usual fairly slow morning start, some daily exercise was called for.
Close to our camp was the point where vehicles attempting the Bullita Track circuit, would cross the East Baines River on a series of flat rock shelves interspersed with patches of river pebble beds. Right now, the lower sections of that crossing were too far under water to be passable.
We were able to pick our way, rock hopping, across the river. It was a bit easier for us on foot than it would have been for a vehicle, because we could jump from rock to rock, that varied greatly in height and size. Even so, we got wet feet! The actual vehicle crossing here swings around in an arc, but we took more of a straight line, because much of that arc was deep water.
The vehicle line was marked by posts in the river with blue markers on. The rule was that one must keep to the left of the markers.
After the river, we aimed to walk at a steady pace for an hour, along the Bullita Stock Route. The vegetation over here was quite open, having been fairly recently burnt, with some termite mounds and lots of boabs to look at, including one huge and venerable old specimen.
After the stipulated hour, turned around and walked back.
The walk was pleasant, before the day got too hot. The track was reasonably level, so we could – kind of – walk and look around at the same time.
Back at the crossing, M was in front, as usual, and surprised a croc, sunning itself on a rock. With hindsight, she thought it was a freshie. At the time, they both moved a bit too quickly for a good look!
Felt virtuous about making the exercise effort, but lazed about camp for the rest of the day. Spent some time bird spotting. There was so much birdlife here.
During the afternoon, a Britz hi-top 4WD camper arrived in camp, and set up at some distance from us. We spoke briefly with them – a young couple from Europe.
It was another lovely night, with a sky full of stars. They were so brilliant up here.