Waterfalls and blue, blue water

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The first view of the lakes as you enter the park.

Plitvice National Park, famous for its endless waterfalls and turquoise water is definalty not an easy place to get to without a car if you're not on the main route from Zagreb south. After much trying to work it with no success we'd almost given up until leaving Rab we meet a couple of South Africans, putting aside all our cricketing hatreds, they enlighted us on the yellow brick road to Plitvice. Three buses later (and a stop by the bus driver to buy some p0rn and cigarettes) we arrived at the main entrance to Plitvice National Park.

Plitvice is a UNESCO listed World Heritage site and by far Croatia's most visited by tourists.

View of the lakes from above. Waterfalls a plenty.
You can spend about three days here investigating the whole park and looking for wildlife, however we were after a quick bang for our buck and went straight to the cream of the national park, the lakes.

The highlight of the national park is a series of 16 lakes rising in elevation (or dropping depending which way you walk) as you snake your way up the 18kms or so between the lakes. The lakes are a beautiful turquoise blue colour, definatly unlike anything you get in Australia, and are linked by a series of waterfalls.

Besides the beauty of the Park, Plitvice is also famous for another reason. It was the staging point for the event that triggered the war between Croatia and Serbia, when a Croatian Police Officer was shot by rebel Serbs inside Plitvice. This triggered the start of the ensuing war for which the Serbs held the area for the wars duration. The hotels and infrastructure at Plitvice was used (and later destroyed) by the serbs.

Every home within a 5km radius of Plitvice offers accomodation, so it wasn't difficult to find a place to stay. As per normal we met a series of Australians while staying here, even a bloke who worked in the same building as us back in Melb. We guarded our vegemite savagely.

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