The Murchison River meanders its way to the Indian Ocean cutting a swath through the stratified rocks of the region. Today for a change of pace we decided to hike into the gorge about a round trip distance of three and a half kilometres. The descent involved climbing over giant boulders, negotiating crevasses and narrow canyons, and even climbing some man-made ladders. There was that familiar feeling of “what were we thinking?”
The gorge is stark with stratified layers of multicoloured rock formations signifying the action of water on these ancient rocks. At the bottom there is plenty of water in the river which propels the brown sediment that is visible at the river mouth in the town of Kalbarri. Occasionally, you can see fossils of ancient worm-like animals embedded in rock.
After a short snack by the river, it was time to ascend again and some 6100 steps later (according to my Fitbit) we returned to the car park. We really enjoyed our experience in such a pristine environment, but in the afternoon our aching muscles let us know about our strenuous morning.
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