Hunter River – Donkin Falls – Indian Head – Mitchell Falls
Today is all about experiencing the Mitchell River National Park by air. With most tracks in the area impassable due to swollen rivers, our main transport for the next couple of days will be by helicopter, an exclusively chartered Bell Long Ranger. However, some of the areas we visit are only ever accessible by helicopter, regardless of the time of year.
Our first scenic helicopter flight takes us to the south west of the Mitchell Plateau to the mouth of the Hunter River. The scenery in this area is truly breathtaking! You’ll fly over Donkin Falls, Indian Head and the upper reaches of the Hunter River before flying 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’ll board our helicopter again for a scenic flight back to the camp 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 cultural significance of this special area.
We return to camp late afternoon and enjoy another lightning show before sitting down for dinner under the floodlit Bloodwood tree. (B,L,D)