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Published: July 25th 2019
The drive from Nev’s camp to our eventual camp at Lennard River was a good one. Lots of different terrain and hills - imagine that! Good fun times.
On the way Tony and Di kindly took the dogs (Bella and Jack) to camp while Phil and Jen, and my lot headed into Bell Gorge. Wow! What a spot. A short walk in to a gorge that had a waterfall flowing and a river system that we followed (swimming) for several hundred metres to another gorge that had no-one there. It was a sensational spot - one that will stay in our minds as the cameras couldn’t swim with us. So cool to see these sorts of places. A lot of fun swimming down over mini-falls and through small, but deep, rock pools. Well recommended by us. Cannot overstate how beautiful it is!
Lennard River is a free camp that is not far from the road but pretty quiet. Today Di kindly again looked after Bella and Tony whipped into Derby on a beer run with Jack while the rest of us headed into Winjana Gorge and then Tunnel Creek.
Winjana Gorge was amazing. I could not imagine it
in the wet season as there was barley any water when we were there but the evidence suggests a 100m wide river at times. Due to the low water levels there were only a few pools that sustained life, but in the first pools there were dozens of freshwater crocs mostly baking on the banks. It was crazy to see how much they laid across each pother and generally remained so still. The scenery was also brilliant with the high cliffs, plant life and the birds and bats carrying on. We did a 7km return walk that showed how amazing our landscape can be, besides the bit where I got knee-deep stuck in mud, trying to take a ‘better’ route.
After the gorge we headed another 30km down the track to Tunnel Creek. This spot is a tunnel under a bit of a hill that has water running through it. We headed into the cave opening and there was a 2.5m freshie just sitting there on the sand (in the dark) next to a pool of water. There were a few spots where we needed to wade the pools tp get through the 600m odd tunnel to the end.
Amazing rock formations including massive caverns and structures overhead that led to who knows where. There were other crocs in there against the walls that were happy to stay away, as were we. A few bats buzzing around topped it off after our wander in the dark with torches in hand.
The last week or so has been just what we were hoping for, not to say that the rest has been terrible. Great nights sharing meals with great laughs, average conversation and, mostly, early nights going down with the sun and rising not much after. This place is great! Besides being 30 degrees before 10am but I am sure we’ll get used to it.
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