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Mitchell Falls from Helicopter

Mitchell Falls from Helicopter

Up early today – well we were always up early every day – for today was our helicopter flight to the Mitchell Falls in the heartland of the Kimberley. The tide was still dropping as we motored in the dinghies to our meeting place with the helicopter and although we tried very hard sandbars (and crocs) prevented us even getting to Surveyors Creek which we had to go up to get to the landing area. We tried again an hour later and after some juggling and tooing and froing we made it up Surveyors Creek just in time for our time slot which had been organised months before.

Just another Waterfall in the Landscape

Just another Waterfall in the Landscape

It really was something else to see the Kimberley from the air, to see how much water there still was around on the rocky Mitchell Plateau at the very end of the wet season. The helicopter had the doors off so there was no trouble with reflections and I learnt very quickly not to lean to far out the opening because of the strong rush of wind.

First Sight of the Mitchell Falls and a Lesser Fall

First Sight of the Mitchell Falls and a Lesser Fall

And the Mitchell Falls themselves are mind blowing. Not as large as those in many other countries but with 4 falls dropping     feet and other large falls in the immediate vicinity it was spectacular viewing from the air.

Ground View

Ground View

From the ground you got more of an idea of the size of the falls even though you couldn’t see all of the falls at once, which is why the helicopter flight was so good. Apart from the fact we couldn’t have got there from the boat any other way.

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