Watch the video of our helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls on www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNUIIrDkIDk
Yes, we did it! This was pretty hard work to drive up to the Mitchell Plateau and certainly the greatest adventure on our 2nd Australia trip in 2010.
The Mitchell Falls is a magnificent chain of four waterfalls that form the main natural attraction of the Mitchell Plateau region.
For outback surroundings and Aboriginal culture, Mitchell River National Park in the rugged Kimberley region, is among the best destinations in Australia. Here you can see astonishing landscapes including the Mitchell Plateau and the spectacular and brilliant Mitchell Falls.
Mitchell Plateau harbours a huge assortment of wildlife including mammals and an abundance of birds, saltwater crocodiles and snakes. You will be able to observe,Brolgas, Sea-Eagles, Kites, Herons, Pittas and some Rainbow Bee-eaters and other birds often seen here. The Mitchell River National Park is also home to more beautiful terrain including Merton Falls, Surveyors Pool, the Mitchell and King Edward Rivers. The area is home to many of the earliest rock art sites, most of which have remained untouched for thousands of years.
The park of 115,300 hectares, 288,250 acres, lies in an out-of-the-way part of the Kimberley and contains some of the region's most scenic jewels. The Mitchell River, flowing northwards, emptiesinto Walmsley Bay and the Admiralty Gulf whilst carving gorges and waterfalls into the originalsandstone, particularly along the boundaries of the Mitchell Plateau, hence the name Mitchell Falls.
The fan palm is a prominent feature of the vegetation of some parts of the plateau, an elevated laterite-capped plain. This is one of the few places in Western Australia where this type of palm is, such a prevailing feature.
Mitchell Falls and Surveyors Pool are the park's two main attractions. The track to Mitchell Falls ends at Mertens Creek. From here a walk of about one hour (round trip) takes you to Little Merten Falls and allows time to see the sights and swim. Allow four to six hours round trip to Mitchell Falls so that time can be spent at the Falls.
The park lies in some of the most out-of-the-way and difficult to get to country in Australia.
Access is via the 4WD only, Mitchell Plateau Track from Kalumburu Road, 172 km north of the Gibb River Road junction. The track is maintained on an irregular basis only and may have wash-outs and corrugations.
Drive with extreme care. Tracks north of the Mitchell Plateau airfield are rough while the tracks north of Surveyors Pool are very rough and may be treacherous. Tracks and roads may be closed during the wet season.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10
Exposure time: 1/320 second
Focal length: 25 mm
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Tonemapping with Photomatix Pro, finishing with PS CS5