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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley June 10th 2021

Today we headed back to Broome and “civilization“. It was actually great not to have internet or phone coverage for a few days. After a bone-chilling night at Bell Gorge, we made our way to the town of Derby. The town fell into disrepair some years ago with the flourishing of Broome. Derby has long had a busy port with supplies loaded on the famous jetty. However, today, the only transport by ship from the jetty are mineral resources. Derby is also renowned for having the second largest tidal change of anywhere in the world with a differential of 36 feet. Just outside of Derby is the famous Boab Prison Tree where Aborigines were kept as prisoners in the late 1800s. It is unfortunately, another sad part of Australian history. We saw hundreds of Boabs on ... read more
Derby Jetty
Looking northward from the jetty
Derby Jetty with storage  building

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley June 9th 2021

We hit the rough Gibb River Road again today for about an hour ride until we reached the Bell Gorge. This is a stunning Gorge with a cascading waterfall. During the summer wet season it must be a raging torrent. Now it it merely a moderate flow. We arrived at the top of the waterfall and decided to head to the bottom pool. This entailed a strenuous hike up a hill over boulders and then down on the other side. Everyone was hot and looked forward to jumping in and swimming up to the falls. The swim was strenuous with the falls creating a strong current, always pushing us away. It was a delightful spot with a nearby area for a picnic lunch, What a great way to finish an active morning!... read more
The hike continues
The inviting Gorge
Cascading Falls

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley June 8th 2021

Today we were meant to have two swims, one at Manning Gorge and the other at Galvin Gorge. About 20 minutes from Manning we heard a couple of thuds from the back end of our bus. Our driver and guide, Calum stopped the vehicle and checked; we had a flat tyre. Luckily, we were just a few kilometres from the Mt Barnet Roadhouse. What should have been a one hour delay at the roadhouse turned into two as Calum found that the wheel behind was also flat. Luckily, another driver from the same company was able to drop us off at the Manning Gorge River for a swim. What should have been an hour stopover at the swimming site turned into more than two. When Calum finally arrived with two new tyres, there was just enough ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley June 5th 2021

The Echidna Chasm was created when an ancient river cut through the northern end of the Bungle Bungles. As the water rushes down during the summer wet season, it transports rocks and boulders along the river bed. At the lower end are the smaller rocks and as you gradually climb, the rocks and boulders get larger. The dramatic thing about the chasm is that the further in you go, the more the 600 foot walls of the canyon close in on you and the air temperature cools significantly. Near the 800 metre mark, the walls of the chasm narrow to the point where you can touch both sides. The vegetation here is different with palms appearing, thanks to the cooler temperature and increasing moisture during the wet season. The rocky walls radiate beautiful shades of orange ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley June 4th 2021

Following our air trip over the Bungle Bungles, it was time to hike into this unusual formation of rocks for a couple of kilometres; initially to Cathedral Gorge which is a natural amphitheatre. It is a huge cavern with incredible acoustics. A couple of concerts have in fact been performed here. The variation in colouring and texturing of the walls in the gorge is stunning. Our final stop was a hike over rocky terrain to Piccaninny Creek Lookout. Throughout our travels, our tour guide Calum, emphasized the cultural attachment of the various Aboriginal tribes to their land and to be respectful of their traditions. A great day was topped off by comraderie with the 10 others in our group, enjoying drinks to view the sunset which unfortunately, was obscured by cloud cover. The geological formation of ... read more
The Amphitheatre

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley June 3rd 2021

Today was a big travelling day. We left the town of Fitroy Crossing and headed to Geikie Gorge which has been shaped by the Fitzroy River. What makes the Gorge unique in its colouring is the regular flooding of the Fitroy River during the wet season. In fact we were told that when the river’s flood waters are running, it is the second longest river in the world as far as volume of water. The gorge has plenty of fauna and flora. We once again spotted a few fresh water crocodiles. Red sandstone colouration and bleached white, limestone walls made for a magnificent landscape. From Geikie we travelled east and north to the World Heritage listed Bungle Bungles. Off the main highway the dirt road was littered with water-filled gullies left over from the wet season ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley June 2nd 2021

We arrived in Broome, gateway to the vast Kimberley region at 7:00 pm. Then it was off to dinner and a quick sleep at the Cable Beach Resort. There was no time to be wasted, up for breakfast at 5:00 and on the road just after 6:00 am. We were joined on our tour by 10 other bleary-eyed souls ready for adventure on our rugged outback bus with our guide, Calum. After several hours of travel we reached our first destination, Windjana Gorge. This ancient geological area was formed when the Leonard River carved out its path through the Napier Range. The range itself was formed some 350 million years ago when the ocean levels receded exposing a large limestone reef. The gorge is also the site of a famous battle between the Aboriginal legend, Jandamarra ... read more
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Fresh Water Crocodile enjoying the warmth.
Ancient limestone

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley July 25th 2019

We managed to score the same camp spot that we had three nights earlier and there was again only one other vehicle in the camp. Another swim, a meal of curry and a few beers sorted us out before bed.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley July 25th 2019

We slipped down the road toward Mt Barnett to grab fuel, food and beer only to discover THERE WAS NO BLOODY BEER!!! WTF??? We quickly found out that there is nowhere East of Derby that sells take away grog which was a bit of an issue. Therefore we (that night) broke into the emergency stash of beer inside the spare tyre in my trailer - times were getting desperate! Not too mention that I noted the trailer was sitting a bit low on one side and we found that I’d lost a U-bolt on the axle and things were troublesome. In at the MTB roadhouse they said “go see Nev at Over the Hill Tyre and Mechanical. So in the meantime we used some chain and shackles to get us to Nev. After a quick fill ... read more
Jen @ Galvan's Gorge
Amy @ Galvan's Gorge

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley July 25th 2019

We have hit the camp spots that we were hoping to! Water, fish, camp fires, sand (or dirt, maybe). Happy as a pig in poo! We left Home Hill bright and early to beat the grey nomad traffic, which worked out pretty well as we had the road to ourselves for a couple of hours after 7am. Still a heap of corrugations in the road but if you take the right speed and have the right tyre pressure they aren’t too bad - quite a few of the people we meet do not agree. I have NFI what they expect but I suspect it is something along the lines of bitumen or daily graded roads. Related to the above we found two vehicles with punctures during the morning. THe first bloke, and his wife and kid, ... read more
A much needed wash for Tony
Miner's Pool/Drysdale River
Random bird from 'Suz the photographer'




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