THURSDAY 10 AUGUST KING EDWARD RIVER TO BARNETT RIVER GORGE 267kms
I woke to spatter sounds on the roof of the tent – heavy dew? Light rain?
There was misty cloud about and morning mist over the river, which was a different scene again. The sun behind the mist created some interesting light effects. All yet another type of mood for this beautiful area.
We were up at 6am and packed and away at 7.45am.
Churned our way back through the river ford and were soon back on the main Kalumburu road, heading south, then the Gibb River road, heading west. The road was variable, from good to very corrugated, with some bull dust patches and places where rocks outcropped from the road. There were several water crossings but nothing that was any issue.
We did not see much private traffic on the road, but did see several safari tour buses.
After straightforward travel ,we reached the turnoff to Barnett River Gorge at lunchtime. We followed the track, which seemed to divide a few times. It was not really clear where the camp area was – I thought it was a pretty informal camp place. We found a secluded spot beside a little creek, edged with pandanus and cadjeput. There were lots of mozzies, though. It was a pretty spot and John liked it.
We did the basic set up, then drove further along what appeared to be the main track, for about 3kms. The track ended in what did look like a place for camping – but not as nice as where we were.
We parked there, then walked upstream, across stony country between loops of the river, following a track marked by varied and creative rock cairns. That took us to the gorge rim. We followed along that for a way, then the track took us down into the gorge.
It was a lovely gorge, with red rock walls. It was quite wide, so there was enough light for a variety of vegetation to grow. There were pools and rapids.
After exploring we had a swim/wash in a pool – extremely pleasant!
This is a little off the main tourist itinerary so there were fewer people about.
It was about 4pm when we headed back. Even the walk back was enjoyable, though we did have to climb up onto the gorge rim again. We then drove back to our camp.
Tea was mushroom and garlic pasta, followed by tinned fruit.
There had been some build up of cloud through the day and thus there was a really deep red sunset. There was a ring around the moon tonight – I was not sure of the significance of this, in these parts though.
There were lots of birds around our camp area. We heard a pheasant coucal call.
Today had been out wedding anniversary – great to be spending it in the Kimberley!