"Doing it the hard way - Pinkerton in wet season" Pinkerton Range by 1+1

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Just did a walk through some of the Pinkerton Range. For those unfamiliar with the name (probably 100% of VTers, except me of course) it's a sandstone plateau in the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory. About as far away from the tourists routes as you can get.

My perception of the plateau is that it falls away abruptly along its eastern escarpment to plains along the Baines River. The western side seems to have subsided giving an impression of a 'tilted' plateau. Most of the main creeks run off to the west and then north into the Victoria River in its estuarine reaches. Just a bit further west is the Bullo River and its floodplains.

The area is semi-arid but wet/dry monsoonal. So it's subject to the wet season monsoons and occasional cyclones, but the major part of the year it's just hot and dry, a nice change from the wet season which is very hot and humid.

The area is mostly cattle country comprising parts of the vast Auvergne Station which totals 4,142 sq kms (about 1600 sq miles) and the smaller Bullo River Station of 2,000 sq kilometres (about 800 sq miles). For the most part the walking was on Bullo.

One of the disadvantages of walking in the wet season - Spear Grass. As this had been a fairly dry wet season up to this point there'd been lots of sunshine which makes the Spear Grass rocket up getting between 2 to 3 metres high.

Because it's cattle country often you'd get cattle pads to follow, such as the one in this picture. But all too often you'd have to push through the spear grass and make your own path. It was flowering as well, which doesn't affect me and I like the smell. But my travelling companion, Paul, suffers from hayfever and it gave him a really bad time.

Shared a waterhole at this camp spot with this Mertons Water Monitor, otherwise known as a Water Goanna. Probably not having seen anything like a human animal before it was a little apprehensive at first but then quickly settled down and ignored us for the most part. Same species that I get at home in my dam but a little lighter in colour, this one was a bit under a metre long.

Other animals (apart from cattle) we encountered along the way were Freshwater Crocodile, Spotted Tree Monitor, Black Headed Python, Children's Python, Frill-necked Lizard, Two-lined Dragon, a few snakes I couldn't identify, Hopping Mouse, Giant Frog, Green Tree Frog, and a fair list of birds I'll have to try and remember later.

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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Just did "the Lap" this year and was checking some stuff when I re-discovered your pages. Lovely stuff.

  • Helenbb's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2007 at 2:44 AM

    i think walk in the spear grass is very interesting. oh.. that is a cattle.. i thought it was sheep :)) shame

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2007 at 10:44 PM

    Wow the monitor is superb. How amazing. Look forward to seeing more pics. Is this where the cane toads were? Those must be a nightmare!! Please don't let any cross the ditch!!

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