|Phil offered to carry my camera up Heartbreak Hill|
so now there is a record of me struggling up and up.
|Ancient ripples in the sand.|
The ability of various plants to survive in such a harsh environment is astonishing. They seem to grow out of the rocks in the smallest of crevices and look very healthy. We saw spinifex, wattle, grevillea, thryptomene, daisies, eucalyptus and callitris. The mammals and reptiles that also live in this environment were sensibly staying out of sight.
Surprisingly there is a spring on the top of the range so there is water in several places. The boardwalks and steps in this particular area were excellent. You can see one descending the cliff in the second photo below. In this spot we were serenaded by grey Shrike-thrush calling beautifully.
|Garden of Eden spring|
We also saw lots of tourists in tour groups and family groups. Most were doing the 'right thing' by keeping to the designated pathways but some ignored signs about staying away from the cliff edges.
|Tourists, and the car park far below.|
|Photo opportunity so sit with your legs dangling over the cliff!!|