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Stunning Plitvice Lakes

So glad Mum woke early as my alarm didn't go off. Went to sleep with my phone battery full and it was dead on waking?????

We left at 6.45am to start walking to the bus station with Mei, a Japanese girl who was also going to the lakes. We had only walked a block and saw a number # 8 tram coming and made a run for it.

At the bus station we easily found our platform for the 206 bus to Plitvice Lakes. Found we were sitting across from Lauren who we had met the previous night at our hostel who was from Melbourne, and we chatted with her for the couple of hours till we got to our destination.

Countryside was pretty with rolling green hills, and maize growing and little villages.

At the lake we went to the information area and paid 10 kuna for a locker to put our backpacks in. Paid 110kuna ( $20 )to buy our park entry and that also covered the boat and tram ride within the park.

See from the photo of a map I took and we just walked the bottom RHS and that took us 3 hours!!!!! Shows how big they are!

It was a Sunday and was packed with people and the further we got the more the crowds thinned out which was nice.

These series of lakes and waterfalls are the most beautiful torquoise and the water is so clear that you can see through it and see the fish swimming. Perfect water for swimming or fishing but none is allowed.

There are bears, wolves, bobcats and otters, which of course we didn’t see , only saw ducks and fish.

After an hour of walking along tracks following the shoreline, and boardwalks across small waterfalls and streams we needed to catch a boat across the lake and then follow the track the other side back to where we started.

It really was beautiful and I can think of nothing like it in Australia.

We only did the A & B walk which was to take 3 – 4 hours and there are walks for 8 hours or more. After a nice cold drink we grabbed our luggage and found a bus going to Zadar.. that left at 1.30pm and arrived at Zadar at 4.30pm.

The countryside was very mountainous and then become dry rocky mountains as we got higher and higher and there were miles of sharp bends and turns in the road . We saw several stone homes that looked like they had been bombed and not been rebuilt since the war here in the 90's

We found the local bus number 8 and asked the driver to let us know when we reached the hostel. We drove along the waterfront for ages past marinas and small beaches full of people. Our hostel is huge ( 300 beds) and is right n the water opposite the marina. The is a big beer garden at the front where we could watch the sunset over the water.....nice! Costs 130 kuna each and we ended up having the 6 bed dorm to ourselves which was nice.The room was really hot so we hired a fan for 10 kuna.

We sat for ages and worked out the best options for the next few days, based on what days ferries are running etc. The guy at reception was really helpful and has booked us into the next 2 hostels as we head north along the coast.

Walked along the waterfront until it got dark and then ate at a lovely restaurant opposite the marina. We asked for entree size prawn risotto and it was enough to feed 6 people!!!

First glimpse of the lakes on the way down

First glimpse of the lakes on the way down


Can see through the water

Can see through the water


Turquoise

Turquoise


Lots of people on the boardwalk

Lots of people on the boardwalk


Mum on the track

Mum on the track


Fish

Fish


Duck

Duck


Fish

Fish


Would love to go swimming!!

Would love to go swimming!!


Me

Me


Into the cave and  up the steps to the top

Into the cave and up the steps to the top


To cave

To cave


Looking back down

Looking back down


Some steep steps

Some steep steps


View out the cave

View out the cave


From the top

From the top


From the top

From the top


Little waterfalls

Little waterfalls


Waterfalls

Waterfalls


More beauty

More beauty


Boat over the other side

Boat over the other side


Map - we just just did a tiny bit in the RHS corn

Map - we just just did a tiny bit in the RHS corn


Lookout

Lookout


At lookout

At lookout


Mamma

Mamma


Looking down

Looking down


looking down

looking down


Boardwalk

Boardwalk


178 foot high waterfall

178 foot high waterfall


Sat here to eat my lunch

Sat here to eat my lunch


On the bus to Zadar

On the bus to Zadar


Town and castle we passed

Town and castle we passed


Coastline at last!!

Coastline at last!!


Ship by old Zadar town

Ship by old Zadar town


Marina sunset view from our hostel

Marina sunset view from our hostel

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Croatia

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