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Published: August 14th 2013
Our first really cold morning for weeks
Well folks here I am back again and we are currently at Barn Hill Station south of Broome but more about that later as I still have to tell you all about the rest of the Gibb River Road and all the Gorges we visited and Broome and Cape Leveque. I have to admit keeping up with the Blog is not as easy as I thought it would be. Sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy the view and we have been playing a bit of Canasta at night with Ron and Erica. For those of you who know Ron I have to say there is another side to mild mannered Ron, (positively evil in a nice way of course) which comes out when playing cards. We have been on the road about 7 ½ weeks and have travelled approx. 8700 km. Now back to the Gorges and the Gibb.
After leaving Kalumburu we arrived safely back at Drysdale River Homestead. I am pleased to say no more bits fell off the car and camper travelling down that awful road. The next morning it was quite cold for the first time but soon warmed up as the sun
came up. We topped up with fuel and water before setting off for another day of dust and corrugations.
Our first stop is Mount Elizabeth Station for two nights. The homestead is 29 km off the Gibb Road the road in was a bit rocky in places but not too bad overall. The camping area is spacious with hot showers and flushing toilets (heaven). There are two very spectacular gorges to visit and some good 4 wheel driving, the 29 km detour is definitely worth it.
Warla Gorge is on the Hann River. You drive 9 km from the homestead and turn off down a track for another 9.5 km it is a bit rocky in places but you arrive at a beautiful swimming spot, white sandy beach with a lovely cliff-face on the opposite side of the river. Large flat rock ledges perfect for sunbathing on. It was here that we saw a lovely specimen of the Kimberley Rose. The tree looks almost dead but the flowers bloom and appear before any leaves. The flowers are a bit like some of the Rhododendrons.
Wunnumura Gorge is spectacular and the road to it
is equally spectacular (if you like a 4 wheel drive challenge). It is very rough and rocky in places with some steep drop offs. The boys did a bit of road building at times to ensure we did no damage to our vehicles. We chose to walk the last 1 km as it got very rough and rocky. You are rewarded by a lovely paperbark and pandanas lined river, flowing freely over rocks, a short walk downstream brings you to the top of the falls. A ladder is provided to climb down to the huge pool at the bottom. There is a lovely sandy white beach, you can sit under the falls, swim in the deep pool, and if you walk downstream there are some Wandjinas painted on the rock walls (Aboriginal Art). Definitely, one of my favourite places.
The homestead also has in-house accommodation and offers meals. We had dinner one night at the homestead and shared our table with some visitors from Belgian and France. It was a great night sharing experiences, explaining some of our particularly quirky Australian sayings, politics etc.
Next stop Manning Gorge and the road is marginally better now.
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