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Published: July 27th 2011
My dream of travelling the Gibb River Road has been realised! Today we returned from our 9 day GRR adventure. I loved every minute and before I forget one gorgeous gorge from another I'm going to write it all down. to make it easier for future reading I will break the trip into 3 sections. Here is the first installment.
Saturday morning, July 8th, we packed up the tent, swags, food, bags and hit the road. Not a tough driving day but it was soon pretty clear that hiring the 4WD was a good idea.
First on the list was a pit stop at Meda Station. We had a poke around and drove on towards Tunnel Creek. After a bite to eat we grabbed the torches and waded into the pitch blavk waters of the cave. It was a bit spooky but there were enough people around to calm the nerves. The crocs stayed well away in the end and we had a great time - even though the water was chilly in parts and poor mum was soaked up to her armpits by the time we got back to the car.
After TC we headed back along the sandy
Car is packed up and we are ready to rock and roll (hopefully not too literally)
track to Windjana. We set up camp and did a short exploration of the gorge. For me, it was like the scene out of that movie "The Beach" where they come out of the jungle and happen upon a beach. The only difference is we came out of the bush and the waterline is smothered with crocs!
On Day 2 We got back on the Gibb and headed east. We took our time getting to Silent Grove camping stop as we checked out Windjana properly, sauntered on to Lennard Gorge and enjoyed seeing Bell's Gorge just before sunset. Mum joked that with each new gorge I saw I kept updating my 'favourite'. In the end, I just realised that I loved each and every gorge for different reasons.
Day 3: we left Silent Grove behind and took a hideous 4WD track into Adcock Gorge. It really was worth the drive as it was splendid. It was just a bit too chilly to swim but if we had got there later in the day it would've been a real sanctuary. Next stop was Galvern's Gorge and Dad and I both punged into the deep, cold water happily.
We got to the
All ready to spot the crocs at Tunnel Creek.
half way point of the Gibb (Mt Barnett) at lunchtime and decided to indulge in a pie for lunch. We spent the rest of the afternoon at Manning Gorge. It was a decent walk in and swimming was enjoyed by all of us. We had a bit of a long drive to get to Mt. Elizabeth Station and we only just set up before dark. It's 30km off the Gibb on a horrible track which took forever. Soon enough we had set up camp and filled our tummies. I won't forget this day because it turnedout to be a '2 dingo day' which was pretty special. I was amazed at our 2 separate sightings of wild dingoes. both times they had a strange calm inquisitiveness about them when we spotted them along the road. They were the only native wildlife we saw all trip.
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