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Hiked 25km of the Gorge

We drove to the Visitor Area & Ranger Hut where the walks through the gorge started. We decided to do the longest one first & did approx 25km today. The weather was quite warm especially when in full sun. The path meandered through the bottom of the gorge crossing over Carnarvon creek several times by stepping stones from side to side. It actually crossed 22 times in the 9.7km walk to " Big Bend" at the end.

We sat & had a picnic lunch by a swimming hole & the water was icy cold, which was nice to cool your feet off in. Nath hadn't tried on his walking shoes for a few months & discovered that he had grown out of them . Walking this distance in thongs was very uncomfortable.

On the way back we did a few of the side tracks many of which were quite steep. We visited Art Gallery & Cathedral Cave to see some aboriginal rock art. It is mostly like stencils of handprints on the 62 m long sandstone wall. One of my favourite side tracks was Boowinda Gorge – it is an increasingly narrowing gorge with steep sides & lots of ferns. One of the kind of places you would have no hope if a flash flood occurred.

We met the aboriginal ranger who walks these tracks everyday to make sure everyone is OK

Each of these side tracks added more kilometres & by the end we were deliciously exhausted & sat back at our campsite enjoying the feeling of hard physical exertion!

Brekkie time for Nath

Brekkie time for Nath


First of 22 creek crossings

First of 22 creek crossings


Nath at the creek crossing

Nath at the creek crossing


Brad & Nath

Brad & Nath


Towering cliffs

Towering cliffs


More cliffs

More cliffs


White sandstone cliffs

White sandstone cliffs


Bush

Bush


Big Bend - 10 km from the start

Big Bend - 10 km from the start


Lunch at Big Bend

Lunch at Big Bend


Big Bend

Big Bend


Big Bend

Big Bend


Brad & I at Big Bend

Brad & I at Big Bend


Boowinda Gorge

Boowinda Gorge


Side Gorge

Side Gorge


Side Gorge

Side Gorge


Signposts

Signposts


Cathedral Cave

Cathedral Cave


Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal Art


Cathedral Cave

Cathedral Cave


Massive rocks

Massive rocks


Signposts

Signposts


The walk home

The walk home


Australian bush

Australian bush

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Australia

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