Published: August 1st 2008August 1st 2008
Our first camp at last, in beautiful Jasper Gorge south of the Victoria Highway in the north west corner of the Northern Territory. We camped under the boughs of a huge old Boab tree by the Jasper River - only pools of water, no flow - and walked up stream past little pools by sheer cliffs of red sandstone. We invited the only other campers there to afternoon tea. They were an interesting couple from Albany in the south of WA who provided us with some useful tips of places to visit and a return invitation to tea when we eventually arrived in Albany. After a couple of nights we moved on to Gregory National Park camping in a more organised camp ground at Limestone Gorge. Fantastic views from the top of the limestone escarpments made it a memorable visit, as did the pesky, sticky, little flies, which pestered us whenever the sun was up. Helen’s reading of a book about the Duracks, early settlers of the area, added interest and it was brought home when we saw Durack carved into a Boab tree at the Bullita Homestead. This site is a testament to the amazing pioneering spirit of cattle station
managers, in use until the 1970s.
Back to Kununurra to get ready for another course, the temperatures now in the low 30s and lovely clear days. The course went well, but four unexpected attendees made the small room rather cramped. Off to the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu NP) tomorrow.
There are more photos below