Feeling inspired by our Wangi Falls expedition, we ventured 10km further down the road to walk the 1.6km Tolmer Creek loop before lunch. The trail started with an easy amble along a flat path surrounded by scattered rock formations
and sporadic blooms of Sturt’s desert rose. The floral emblem of the Northern Territory, this delicate flower was named after the explorer Charles Sturt. Interestingly, the stylised version on the official flag has seven petals instead of five.
Hundreds of cycads dotted the prehistoric landscape.
The male plants grow a large, pollen producing cone on the top of the trunk but the females grow a cluster of stalks that grow upward until the seeds at the end get heavy and they droop. They are not recommended for a bush tucker menu as they contain a neurotoxin and are poisonous.
The track became steep and rocky as we neared the top of the falls, taking a moment to ponder some carefully constructed rock art.
The crystal clear water of Tolmer Creek trickled its way over golden sandstone to the edge of the escarpment.
We were rewarded with awe-inspiring views and spectacular cliffs as we made our way to the viewing platform.
Explorer Frederick Henry Litchfield named the falls after his late father’s colleague in the South Australia Police, Alexander Tolmer. The water cascades over two high escarpments into a deep plunge pool where swimming is prohibited.
The panorama from the other side of the viewing platform was quite different but equally as impressive.