THURSDAY 16 AUGUST – MORNING EL QUESTRO
John was up at a reasonable time, so we all got a good start to go and do the walk to Amalia Gorge and Falls.
We had to drive back through the ford to the parking point about 7kms from the Village.
It was a really scenic and interesting walk of 3.4kms return. The printed description warned that it was of moderate difficulty, for fit people who did not get vertigo!
One certainly did need to be sure footed to tackle this track! This was obvious from the outset, when the track followed a rocky creek bed.
We could see high cliffs and hillsides ahead of us.
The track crossed the creek a few times.
The creek was flowing. In places it widened into lovely small pools which reflected the gorge walls and surrounds. As was usual up north, there were paperbarks growing along the creek.
Soon, the valley walls closed in and we were into the Gorge.
There were sections where the Gorge was narrow, the creek was deeper, and we had to make our way over water smoothed rock slabs.
In other places we were almost rock climbing, rather than walking. It was rather slow going.
There were a couple of places that were a bit squeezy, and one manoeuvre around an overhang above the creek that was not at all pleasant.
After quite a lot of this clambering and scrambling, we came to the 32 metre high Amalia Falls, with its large plunge pool below.
This end part of the Gorge was well shaded, cool, tranquil.
The plunge pool had vegetation growing around, wherever it could find a spot to put down roots.
There was only a steady trickle of water coming over the Falls. Like so many of these that we had seen through the Kimberley, in the Wet season, it would be really spectacular. Not that one would be able to walk in here then, to view it. The smoothed rocks that we’d encountered on the way in were testament to large flows in the creek, at times.
M and K went swimming in the plunge pool. It would have been a good 75 metres across, from where the track arrived, to the ledges at the base of the Falls.
They said the water was very cold.
I wandered about, taking photos and finding things of interest growing around the pool, and just sitting resting and enjoying the place. It had been well worth the effort to get here.
The walk back was no easier, but at least we knew what was coming. As is so often the case, this made the return walk seem shorter.
I noticed vistas and details not seen on the way in.
The Amalia Gorge walk was listed as 3.7kms, return. In some ways it seemed longer because of the nature of the trail.
However, it had been an excellent walk that we all thoroughly enjoyed. M and K said it was a totally different experience to the Champagne Springs walk they had done yesterday and, they thought, more enjoyable.
On the drive back to camp, called in at the Village and bought cans of cold drinks.
We had already booked ourselves onto a boat trip this afternoon, so it was lunch at camp and go again. After a somewhat leisurely start to the time here, we were now intent on packing experiences into today.