(Big Mertens Falls)
Ngauwudu Visitor Area — Ngauwudu (Road) Zone
These spectacular falls are located in Argu (rocky sandstone), Walararr (spinifex) and Yawal (waterhole) country. Mangarrmangarr (peregrine falcons) nest on the cliff ledges of gorges. Miiyani (water-lily) in the Yawal are prized bush-tucker collected by women.
Wunambal people have a story from Lalai that 3 Wunggurr snakes teamed up with two Mandagana (sea eagle) and a Warrana (wedge-tailed eagle) to sink a canoe full of people in Pariaba (Bougainville Peninsula). There is a Gwion “battle scene” and local animal art panel at the Yawal (waterhole) on the track 800 metres east of Big Mertens.
Take care at cliff edges – keep well back.