Gorge-us

14 Jun

We left Broome and headed to Windjana Gorge after a brief stop at the Prison Boab tree near Derby. The national park campsite at Windjana Gorge is probably the nicest site we’ve camped at yet. We set the van up under a lovely tree in the shadow of the towering limestone cliffs which are actually an ancient coral reef. This campsite had everything – a view, a swing, friends, fires and even hot showers!

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On the walk into the gorge we explored the caves at the foot of the giant cliffs as well as getting nice and close to over 100 freshwater crocs.

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We used Windjana as a base to explore a few 100kms up the Gibb River Road. The road conditions were perfect – parts of it smoother than a highway. We visited Bell Gorge and swam at the base of the beautiful waterfall.

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The road from Windjana to Fitzroy Crossing was not as good as the Gibb with unmarked dips, cows, rough rocks and the odd river crossing. All good fun though and no seepage in the van apart from the burst beer bottle!

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On the way we stopped at Tunnel Creek and were all very excited to don our head torches and wade through the water in the totally dark cave. We saw bats, fish and some cool rock formations. Archie says this is his favourite place.

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When we finally arrived at Fitzroy Crossing we found a green, leafy oasis of a caravan park and so have set up here for the last 3 days. Arch made more friends and climbed trees. We explored the old river crossing and saw our first Jabiru. Along with the regular Brolga sightings, we feel that we are really up north now.

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One more gorge to end this post… today we did a cruise up Geike Gorge. It was nice to be on the boat as we cruised past the undercut cliffs and tunnels made by the raging wet season waters. More crocs and some cool birds.

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Off to a free camp near Halls Creek tomorrow then on to Purnululu (Bungles). xx

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5 Responses to “Gorge-us”

  1. Matt June 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    Ah superb! Arch – I think those crocs can jump so keep your bum up high from the water as you don’t want to be bum-munched. Awesome wildlife.

  2. Guy Sheppard June 15, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Heavenly part of the Australia you are in now, with the bungles to come, so very special. Have fun for the Sheps!

  3. aussietnt June 15, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Such wonderful scenery so well captured. You’ve found some special places. Enjoy the Bungles.

  4. Jenny June 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    What an amazing place to swim! Are you sure fresh-ies are friendly?? Pity about the wasted beer and more pity you had to clean it up! Keep enjoying – I know you will. Jen X

  5. Prigjam June 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Spectacliar!

    love from Pij, and Sam and Boys.

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