Eliot Falls

26/7/13 – It was a quiet night and we had a good night sleep. Most people were on the move early, we didn’t have far to go today so we stayed and charged up batteries and did some washing before heading out.

We parted with our fellow companions of the last few days, nice people, great company and security for all concerned when doing the crossings if something should go wrong.

Flies are still a pest up here.

Scrubby Creek was a reasonable deep crossing a few km along the start of the northern section of the OTT and only a few km before the turnoff to Eliot Falls. It was reasonably deep and caught a few people out. We know of several who turned back at this point, someone was reversing back up the hill when we arrived not prepared to do it. Most weren’t aware the crossing was that deep or long. It was about 900 mm in the deepest part where we crossed. We went along the right side where it was a bit shallower. There is also an exit very close to the entry that goes up a steep hill and a sharp turn that we couldn’t do with the trailer so had to do the long crossing.

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We taped up the fridge and shower vents so no water went in there. Wiped the Ute door seals and sprayed them with silicon spray as we were advised to do and put on the water bra/blind. All worked a treat no water got in trailer or Ute. One guy took a photo of the water blind.

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Was actually a tad deeper than this.

Water-Blind

The camping area at Eliot Falls is great, we are very happy with our camp site, long enough that we don’t need to unhook and wide enough to set both awnings up, quite private, with a tap across the road. It Is a bit further from the falls than some sites but this should also make it quieter. The sites are well spaced out, all seem to have fire pits.

Wow wow wow wow I am blown away. Often you see photos of things that look awesome but when you turn up you are disappointed as they are not quite the same. Well the photos of the falls here do not do the place justice. The Saucepan blew my mind. The deep water was jade coloured and clear crystal waters cascaded over the falls, was so amazing. The water is deep and clear in some places; others have large rocks you can stand, there are also little falls here and there that feel warmer than the main pool of water.

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Further up the creek the water is shallower and you can walk ankle deep in places along the creek. Other areas are deeper with sandy bottoms. There was a “V” section that seemed out of place in the shallow water with a big drop that when we stood in it came just below our shoulders, must of looked funny to others near the falls just seeing these heads above the water.

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After a cuppa we went for a walk to Eliot Falls and Twin Falls, both were amazing. People were swimming at Twin not too sure about swimming at Eliot, the flow and the current is quite strong. They would be an amazing site to see in the wet season.

Click on the link above for a larger version in Google Maps of the days travels.