Go with the flow
WHEN the rain starts falling and the rivers start flowing, crossing Territory rivers and swimming in waterholes can be a hazard to Territorians.
The nature of streams and rainfall means the discharge of water can change rapidly and water holes and swimming spots that look cool, calm and collected can suddenly turn chaotic.
The increased volume of water can create more traffic for creepy crawlies and roaring reptiles, the presence of which could ruin a trip so it’s important to keep an eye on any suspicious logodiles or rockodiles just to make sure.
If you do go out and expect the odd thunderstorm to crash your weekend, be sure to return over any flood-plains or low river crossings before the tide comes in too strong, and make sure there is plenty over cover to keep tents, cars and other belongings safe and dry.
Using a tarp underneath your tent should also help to keep from any streams interrupting an overnight slumber and will make your tent easier to dry.
Park websites will have all the details on whether the weather will keep them open or closed.
Take care out in the wet and approach flood waters with caution.
Be aware of your surrounds and where you might find yourself stuck should rain begin to fall and above all trust your instincts — if something is telling you to leave or not to go somewhere, don’t do it.
Be careful of rising waters this wet season