The Mitchell Plateau is accessed from the famous Gibb River Road, a dirt track along which cattle farmers drove their herds to market. The road to the plateau is accessible for 6 months of the year and was built in the 50s to facilitate mining exploration. Huge deposits of bauxite, used to produce aluminium, have been found and a Norwegian company is planning to mine it. The plateau contains a mix of tropical and subtropical environments and endemic species of flora and fauna.
The unspoilt beauty of Mitchell Falls and the fact that I shared the experience with just a handful of people means that, in my view, the falls rate alongside the Niagara and Victoria Falls. The 4 tiered waterfall has a cumulative height of 80m and is pictured here during the dry season. I spent 2 days around the falls, enjoying the main event as well as other waterfalls, aboriginal rock art and wildlife (including seeing my first scorpion).