We were travelling along the Bloomfield Track to Cooktown. On the way we stopped at Wujul Wujul a small aboriginal settlement of 300+ people. They have started to take tourists on guided walks as a business venture. We were late for our scheduled walk to the falls and the guide couldn't be contacted or found so we took ourselves with the driver who hadn't been there before. It wasn't a long walk.
We could see the Bloomfield Falls/Wujul Wujul Falls in the distance.
We scrambled over rocks forever keeping an eye out for crocodiles. By now I was loosing patience with my camera. It wasn't working properly. Every now and then it would overexpose and burn out photos. It didn't matter if I used automatic or manual. Most of the waterfall shots were burnt out. Luckily it would perform properly now and then so I did manage to get some decent shots for the rest of the trip. I also used my iphone when the camera messed up.
|The Bloomfield River, Wujul Wujul|
Then it was back in the bus until we reached The Lions Den Hotel for lunch.
It was a typical outback hotel except this one's claim to fame is that it is the oldest continuously licensed hotel in Australia.
We had lunch outside in the shade of the trees. The further north you go the hotter the weather.
It is full of
junk memorabilia which has been left by passing tourists over the years. The walls are full of written messages from patrons.
As we continued on our way to Cooktown for a two night stop we passed Black Mountain, with the weirdest geological mystery. The aboriginal people are fearful of it and they won't go near it.
It is a mountain made entirely of black rocks. Scientists don't have an explanation for it.
The evening light was setting the grasses aglow as we looked north over the Endeavour River.
The sunset was magnificent.