Gehyra pilbara (Pilbara dtella)
IUCN Status: Least Concern
We'd been out till late looking for this gecko in particular with no luck. We'd checked into a hotel because my mate had crashed with a nasty flu on the second night. He's soft, but it was nice to get out of the heat and humidity and get a good night's sleep.
We were both pretty bummed about the night, because we'd not really seen too much, and didn't know if we'd get to another chance to come across this species before heading out of it's range. When we got back to hotel this night, I went for a shower. When I turned the light on, there low on a wall was a gecko. I grabbed it immediately, realising it was different to the house geckos we get in QLD.
Mark identified it, as G pilbara, and so we did get to see it. The moral is to forget about long hours of driving straining eyes spotlighting, and forget about running around in insane heat over bolder fields: simply get the geckos to come to your hotel room.
When not on bathroom tiles. these guys are typically found on termite mounds (as photographed here). Apparently more than fifteen have been found on one mound - but that just seems gratuitous to me.