On the way a sudden movement in the scrub and a Kangaroo appeared. Not sure who was more startled, it or us.
Next stop was Siverband Falls, near to Halls Gap.
Another 1.5 km return walk and after a very dull and dismal start to the day the sun put in an appearance warming the morning nicely.
We then drove to Halls Cap. As we arrived we could hear this noise that got louder and louder so much so that it became ear piercing. We found out what it was after visiting the information centre. Cicadas in their millions! All having emerged after a 10 year underground existence. They only come out when breeding conditions are right and this was a good year for them. Took this video so you can hear the noise they made. Hope it works.
|Newly emerged Nymph. Nymphs climb the nearest available tree, and begin to shed their nymph exoskeleton.|
The locals have to put up with it but as for the children, it does disrupt the school day. Thankfully the Cicadas shut up at night and are only around for two to three weeks.
Having had lunch we headed off to for more lookouts before heading for Mackenzie falls.
|Walking to the Balconies|
|And the Balcony lookout.|
|Loads of steps down to the falls|
The final stop of the day was to the Aboriginal cave paintings at Manja. Driving down a 10km dirt track throwing up clouds of dust, I was driving and going slow when suddenly out from the scrub came a kangaroo! Slamming the anchors on I only just missed. Reckon there wasn't a hair breath in it! Talk about heart attack city!!! The trek to the shelter was another trial. The track was narrow and full of hidden dangers....like snakes. By making as much noise as possible we hoped to keep them away. Many a rustle was heard in the undergrowth but we kept up a good pace. After 1.5km we reached the cave, Very disappointed to see fencing all around it but understandable as vandals had destroyed part of it back in the 80's.
|Rock formation on the way up|
|Emu and Kangaroo prints.|
|Hand prints made by spraying red ochre from their mouths|
|This is red ochre scratched onto the rocks in the form of stick men|
Then on the way back another Roo. This time Ian was driving and we saw it in plenty of time but the thing still insisted on jumping put in front of us.
|There... on the right. Can you see it?|
|Orange legged swift spider. A fast moving spider capable of climbing glass easily, mostly in woodland, extending also to coastal scrub and inland arid areas, throughout Australia including Tasmania. Bite, Mild local pain, redness, swelling|
|Opened a comments box at the shelter and nearly had a second heart attack. Could be a huntsman spider. As you can see it was pretty big!|
|From WiKI . Family tiphiidae The blue ant (Diamma bicolor, also known as the blue-ant or bluebottle) is, despite its name and its appearance, not an ant at all, but rather a species of large solitary parasitic wasp sometimes known as a flower wasp|