Carnarvon Gorge 22nd June 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Good morning everyone and we are back home after a wonderful mini holiday.
Carnarvon Gorge is 720 klm north west of Brisbane. The drive up was slow due to the continuing road works repairing the flood damaged roads. Thw weather was freezing and the gloves, scarves and beanies were in full use.
Carnarvon Gorge features towering sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured side gorges, diverse flora and fauna and Aboriginal rock art. To walk the park you cross the main creek many many times. Walking over rounded smooth rocks.
Walking through the forest and then all of a sudden you are at a creek crossing and listening to the fast running waters fighting their way around the rocks and boulders. Looking left and right you are awed by the sheer sides of the gorges and the colours are to be seen to be believed. Across the sands, the mud, through the ferns, trees and up and down rocky stairs I plodded along. Not a very fit person but I persevered until I got to the point where I had to return. I walked into the gorge for 2 1/2 hours and 2 hours on the return leg. The walk goes for 15 klms plus but I only managed 5.5 in. Not bad at all for me. I went to what is called the Amphitheatre and WOW!!!mis all I can say.
I had to climb up stairs that resemble those on boats and in through a narrow cave, over the pebbles in the creek and into a wonderful cave that had no roof. The sky was up above all blue and the trees growing around the edge of this opening. Moss growing on the rocks in the little creek and I just sat on the small benches and admired this glorious sight.
My Dh took one look at me on the return and laughed and laughed. He said my look was priceless. I hobbled back to the car so totally exhuasted. He did't join me as he was feeling unwell so he relaxed in the park and had a snooze in the car.
I have tried to put in pictures but am having trouble. I shall put them on my page for everyone to see.