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Thursday, July 28, 2016

El Questro Wilderness Park

In our initial trip planning we knew we wouldn’t have time for the whole of the Gibb River Road, so we decided to spend a few days at El Questro Wilderness Park at the north-eastern end to explore this part of the Kimberley.

We came across this dingo on our first afternoon.

 Moonshine Gorge

Zebedee Springs

 El Questro Gorge

 Chamberlain River

The waterfall and pool at the end of Emma Gorge were stunning, but even a wide angle lens wasn’t good enough to capture its cavernous size. 

The iphone pano shows more of the pool, but the size is still not apparent.  The water was chilly but there was a thermal spring seeping out of the rock on the other side.  Little droplets of water fell from the overhanging ferns… absolutely beautiful. 

The walk itself was very pretty too.


There were lots of examples of different ripple rock patterns.


And some wildlife just for something different.

A really nice example of spiral pandanus.

We drove out along the Gibb River Road across the Pentecost River to watch the sun set over the Cockburn ranges.

Dazz really wanted a star trail with a boab tree, but the image from just after sunset worked a lot better than the star trail.

And here are some other random photos from around the station.

The last walk we did was to Amalia Gorge.  It was a little further from the camp and obviously less popular, and also required some rock climbing and squeezing along narrow ledges with significant drops to water or rocks.  We passed a few lots of walkers coming out as we went in, and then another few going in as we went out, but while we were at the two swimming holes we had it to ourselves. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016


We weren't expecting much of Wyndham, but went for a drive up there to have a look anyway.  It was a nice drive up, and an interesting view from the lookout over the mud/salt flats.

 We did a detour on the way home via an Aboriginal art site and a prison boab tree.  It's hollow in the middle, with an opening on the other side.

We also followed a sign in to 'The Grotto' and discovered there was a swimming hole at the bottom of a few hundred steps... we decided not to do the steps but it sounded like a group of backpackers were having fun in the water.
 We stood in what would be quite a waterfall during the wet season.