Hunter River - Donkins Falls - Indian Head - Mitchell Falls
Today is all about experiencing the Mitchell River National Park by air. At this time of year most of the tracks in the surrounding area are impassable with most creeks and rivers swollen and running over their banks. For this reason our main transport for the next couple of days will be by helicopter, an exclusively chartered Bell Long Ranger. Some of the areas we visit, however, are only ever accessible by helicopter and the stunning Hunter River region is one of them. Our first helicopter scenic flight takes us to the south west of the Mitchell Plateau to the mouth of the Hunter River. The scenery in this area is breathtaking. You’ll fly over magnificent Donkins Falls and Indian Head and the upper reaches of the Hunter River before flying back east and landing at the majestic Mitchell Falls. We also fly over the Mitchell Falls themselves and after a couple of passes we land and prepare for our ground tour.
There are four tiers to the Mitchell Falls and each one can generally be defined from the viewing area. However, during the wet season these 4 tiers turn into 1 or 2 tiers thanks to the sheer amount of water flowing down the Mitchell River. The view from both the air and the ground can only be described as sensational.
After the ground tour and some morning tea we board our helicopter again for our second scenic flight. We fly back over the main falls before returning to Ngauwudu in time for lunch.
This afternoon we head off on a 4WD ground tour to the impressive Lawley River lookout. If available, we’ll be accompanied by a local Indigenous guide from the Kandiwal Community. Travel through the palm forests of the Mitchell Plateau and learn about the significance of this special area to the Traditional Owners.
We return to camp late afternoon and enjoy another lightning show before sitting down for dinner under the floodlit Bloodwood tree. (B, L, D)