First up was the drive on the infamous Savannah Way, a beautiful stretch of road which connects Cairns in QLD to Broome in Western Australia. The Savannah highway stretches an impressive 3501km across Australia and we joined the track just North of Mount Isa.
What’s even more interesting is that termites have clearly defined social classes. There are the workers, smallest in size, completely blind, wingless and sexually immature. These little fellas have to slave away feeding and grooming the dependant castes as well as building and maintaining the mound and carrying out all the repair work. Then you have your soldiers. Soldier termites are responsible for protecting the colony and often have to sacrifice their lives defending the colony from unwanted predators.
We think the working class termites need to campaign for some equality. Termite revolution anyone?
To this day professors in animal physiology don’t fully understand how termites collectively work together to achieve these formidable architectural structures. Here's a good article on the mystery from National Geographic:
OK...we have gone a little termite mad...moving on...
Next stop was Undara Volcanic National Park, famous for being home to the largest lava tubes in the world. Undara is an aboriginal word meaning long way.
It’s advisable to book ahead for the Undara experience, curious travelers can book direct via:
One of the highlights of the trip was a day drive turned midnight safari. We spotted curlews, huge kangaroos, owls, a huge australian bustard, iguanas, tree frogs, herds of cattle and horses. But the cherry on the cake was when we stopped on a bridge on the outback road to Atherton. It was pitch dark outside, and we started to joke that there may be crocs in the river beneath us. Our no fear Wigan Warrior leans over right away with her phone torch and yells out "omg crocodile". We laugh, and look over the edge of the bridge and sure enough, an ACTUAL crocodile, maybe 1 meter long just hanging out by a rock. Amazing. He didn't like seem to like the spotlight though as he swam off in a matter of seconds. But WOW. Good spotting Rach ;)