Leaving Broome was monumental after spending just over 2 months in Broome and the Dampier Peninsula. We said goodbye to friends, Leonie, Mick, and Trac, and our favourite spots. I'm sure we'll be back.
Awesome sunset coming into Windjana Gorge behind us...and the signs of rain!! So long since we had been out bush and it was going to rain? It was just a speckle though. We were really hit by the heat at Windjana when we arrived in the dark. A little overwhelming and we reminded ourselves to be prepared for the rising heat.
Next morning Pete woke us up with "Mum, guess whewe are camped next to! Look at this!" The most beautiful cliff-face. Stunning colours especially at sunrise and sunset.
Day 1 saw us exploring croc infested Windjana Gorge. Our first encounter with the ol' croc and I realised that I was not as afraid as I though I would be.
We found a fruit bat colony, first by noise, smell, then sight.
Great to get so close to them and watch them move around squawking to each other. We waited for a croc to reast on one, to no avail.
Day 2 we drove to Tunnel Creek - awesome experience climbing into an underground creek and walking through it.
I took the opportunity to waterproof the tent. I figured that you never know....
Next day we took off to Silent Grove after a visit to Rob at Lennard River Bridge Snack Stop for an icypole. We had lunch at Dog Chain Creek where the boys got their fishing rods out and played with the fish. An altercation between Matt and Pete saw Pete's DS fly into the long grass...much searching turned up nothing. Some snake is having a great time playing Mario Cart!
We camped at the base of the sandstone cliffs of Silent Grove in the twilight hours and the ranger told us of the death adders, olive python 3 metres long, and whip snakes that all come out at night, too hot in the day. Enough for the boys for have the fear whipped into them. We did school work in the morning, with Jo conducting a science lesson on levers and pulleys, then headed down to Bell Gorge to cool off in the heat of the day.
It was beautiful.
There was a great rock to slide down which occupied the boys for the afternoon.
Next day off to Mt Barnett to go through to Manning Gorge. On our way we passed through Imitji for gas and an icypole. A great well stocked store.
We saw Frank Hann's Boab tree (an early explorer)
and popped into Galvin's Gorge for a swim and to look at the brilliant artwork.
We turned around, and came back to camp on the Gibb River at a lovely tranquil spot under tall gum trees with birds and butterflies and barely anyone else. We rested there for 2 nights very peacefully.
We left for one at 6.15am (Emma Gorge). It was beautiful. Butterflies aplenty and a gorgeous pool at the end. On the return walk, you are able to use the resort pool, which we did until sometime in the afternoon.
Zebedee Springs was a wonderful hot springs with water cascading into pools.
By 9.30 we attempted a walk into Moonshine Gorge. It was a disaster. Too hot and too exposed. We had to turn back and go back to the billabong.
Frank turned 11 here and spent the day playing in the billabong having a lovely time. I made him a yummy chocolate cake on the fire that unforturnately the flies also thought were good...and at cake cutting time, we found it covered in maggots! OOOOOWWWW! Foul! Our first maggot moment. Hard not to feel terribly sick and a reminder how easy it could be.