Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls

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Got up at 4:30am, had breakfast then drove in the dark to the base of Jim Jim Falls. We started the walk when it was just light but still a bit chilly which was perfect. The walk was quite exhausting, up the side of the gorge, clambering over tall rocks and up sheer cliffs. I knew my knees would not be thanking me later! At the top we walked a long way across the escarpment until we came to the waterfalls at the edge of the cliff. The water was absolutely freezing but very clean and refreshing (and there are no crocs at the top of the waterfalls, unlike at the bottom!). After spending quite a while at the top we started the long journey back down (several people took nose dives on the way) and walked to the plunge pool, another 800m across the rocks.

Twin Falls
By this time my knees had totally given up and barely held me up even when standing still, they were so shaky! At this place the water was even more freezing! We then drove to Twin Falls across REALLY rocky roads; so mmuch so we were airborne a lot of the time. When we got out to have lunch my back was killing me. D tried to crack it for me by grabbing me in a giant bear hug but it didn't much improve. I didn't really want lunch (sandwiches) as my body was feeling too dry. After lunch we walked to the boat jetty where we caught a boat to Twin Falls. On the boat trip we saw fish, one fresh water croc and a few pig-nosed turtles. They catch the crocs in traps by leaving a pigs leg inside. The falls were stunning. Unfortunately we couldn't swim there due to the croc risk but we just lay in the clean white sand and marvelled at the view around us. At dusk we caught the boat back and drove to Cooinda for some icecream before heading back to camp in the dark. We prepared dinner then went to have showers while D cooked it. Steak, sausages, veggies and potato and pumpkin mash. My back had really seized up so I tried to stay lying on flat surfaces as much as possible. Headed to bed around 11pm after having a yarn around the campfire for ages. It was quite cold so I was glad to have the tent and my sleeping bag.

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A motley crew
A motley crew
Twin Falls
Twin Falls
Jim Jim Falls
Jim Jim Falls
Looking over the edge of Jim Jim F…
Looking over the edge of Jim Jim …
Boat trip up to the base of Twin F…
Boat trip up to the base of Twin …
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