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Home Valley Station - 700,000 acres which is now part of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia. It offers upmarket type accommodation and camping. Before arriving we cross the Pentacost River with the red cliffs of the Cockburn Ranges in the background. The river is low at this time of year so crossing is easy. Once you leave E Q you leave the bitumen behind, however we did stop for some roadworks, so looks like more road improvements are on the way. It was a short drive today to Home Valley. There are two camping areas at HV, one has pleasant grassed sites, near the pool and restaurant and the other is on the banks of the Pentacost River. As we needed to use our generator we had to go to the river camp area. It was very ... read more
HV Station Entrance
HV Dusty Bar Grill
HV Entrance

Day 4 An early start again, to walk into El Questro Gorge. This is rated as hard to extreme in places, so R&E decided to spend the morning in camp. The walk into the gorge is actually along the river bed, you are walking amongst tall palms and Pandanas as you climb up and around rocks and large boulders till you get to the first pool, where you are faced with a massive boulder and cascading waterfall, which seems to block your path. A swim across the pool, then a climb over the boulder is required to get to the next level. After putting shoes and backpacks in plastic bags, which were passed up and over I managed not very elegantly and with the help of Bob and another kind gentleman to make it. I was ... read more
El Questro Gorge
El Questro Gorge
First Pool and Boulder

Day 3 Another early start today. We hired a boat to check out Chamberlain Gorge and its 3km waterhole at 7am. Being early we had beautiful reflections of the rocky gorge walls in the water and the gorge almost to ourselves with only one other hire boat out. The boats have small electric motors so that as you go along there is almost no sound. At the end we tied up to a rock shelf and got out to check out some Aboriginal art R & E had seen on their last visit here. Bob wet his line as we made our way back but no fish, we actually saw some big Barra at the top end (in the no fishing zone).... read more
Chamberlain Gorge Walls
Reflections Chamberlain Gorge
Rock Art Chamberlain Gorge

El Questro Wilderness Park is a 400,000 ha working cattle station. We arrived and joined the que to book in. You are told to make camp where-ever you find a spot. As its school holidays it is extremely busy. You can get it all here; horse rides, helicopter sightseeing, heli fishing, boat hire, a restaurant and casual bar, live entertainment each night. We originally booked in for two nights, but after reading about all the 4 wheel drive tracks, walks, fishing spots and gorges to see we decided to book in for another two. Day 1 It’s quite hot so after setting up camp we cooled off in the river that flows behind the camping area. Then in the afternoon we took off for the Saddleback Ridge track to watch the sunset. Day 2 We are ... read more
 Cooling off
Trail riders

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Derby July 29th 2013

Hi Folks Well we have survived the infamous Gibb Road and are now in Derby. Due to the total lack of mobile coverage for last three weeks a lot of catching up to do. So I just thought I would let you know that we are safe and almost none the worst for wear. Both car, camper and us are sporting a decent coat of red dust. We had some bits fall off both car and camper but will tell all in later blogs. R& E have gone back to Kununarra to collect their caravan and we will meet up again in Broome. The road was everything I expected and worse! I don't want to see another corrugated road for a while, however the gorges and scenery are spectacular. So as soon as I have cleaned ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 10th 2013

Hi All. Today is the end of our stay here in Kununurra. Yesterday we were up early to do the walks into Hidden Valley. This is a small National Park less than 3km from the caravan park. It has amazing weathered rock formations and a view over the township. Stock up on drinks and food for our journey on the Gibb River Road, R&E spent the afternoon packing up their vehicle for the next three weeks or so of camping, as they will leave the caravan here. It was haircut day for the boys. No blog for a few weeks as I expect not to have a great deal of internet coverage for a few weeks.... read more
Changing Landscapes
Beehive rocks

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 9th 2013

Arrived at Lake Side Caravan Park, very busy got two unpowered sites, ok for us R&E will get moved to powered site tomorrow. Into town to stock up at Coles. Very quiet and most things closed (Sunday). Park is lovely nice grassy site and we are almost on edge of lake, which is very shallow with lots of water lilies and plenty of birdlife, and also some fresh water crocs we are told. Next day took the back road to Wyndham. Stopping off to look at Middle Springs, Black Rock Falls, the Old Telegraph Station ruins and the Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve and Marlgu Billabong. Walking into the Black Rock Falls we were treated to a special moment, as we approached the pool at the base of the falls a cloud of black and white butterflies ... read more
Bob Bogged in Sand
Middle Springs

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 9th 2013

Spent two very pleasant days at the Lake Argyle Resort. Things have certainly changed , I do not remember a resort being here in 1985. It is certainly busy, are there any Victorians left in Victoria! We were unable to get on a sunset cruise as it was booked up four days ahead so spent our time having a look at the Dam and some of the lesser tourist spots, the boys tried some fishing, but still no luck. The resort has an amazing infinity pool on the edge of the escarpment. The contrast between the red rock and blue water is amazing. Visited the home of the Duracks, which was relocated stone by stone before the Lake was formed. Next stop Kununurra... read more
Onsite Accommodation

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory July 7th 2013

Decided this morning to backtrack to Jasper Gorge, which was where we were heading before deviating onto the Humbert Track. The drive into the Gorge was through lightly treed country hemmed in by rocky red escarpments. The waterholes are lined with Pandanus Palms, Paper Barks and access is not easy, after we set up camp a lady and her daughters from the local community came to fish. She assured us there were crocs in the water, they caught 4 turtles and one fish. Bob did his best but no luck. Found a lovely campsite on the side of the waterhole. Someone had built a lovely fireplace from river stones for us. We were treated to another fireworks display tonight, put on by some locals. Bob was up before first light to catch the sunrise on the ... read more
Jasper Camp
Jasper Flood Marker
Jasper Morning Coffee

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory July 4th 2013

AC Gregory the explorer sailed up the Victoria River in 1856 and gave Timber Creek is’t name. Rest day today, catch up on some washing and ironing in the great outdoors and enjoy the morning sunshine. The birds have decided that the tree we are camped near is in need of some severe pruning as we are being showered in falling leaves. In the afternoon we went on the Victoria River Cruise, which took us 40 km down river. Neville filled us in on the history of the area, the river, the explorers, the local flora and wildlife as we cruised along. We saw many large saltwater crocodiles basking on the muddy banks, lots of wallabies and even a wild pig or two. Stopping to feed the Whistling Kites and Sea Eagles, and enjoy some yummy ... read more
Women's Work
Big Crocodile

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