Kimberley Day 89 - Gibb River Road

Monday, Oct 19, 1998 at 00:00

ExplorOz - David & Michelle

We woke bright and early at 6am to get a head-start on the day before it became too hot to do anything. We walked with Mark and Sharon to the upper Manning Gorge, a rocky 1 hour walk, crossing the river and traversing across the rocky plateau to the top of the gorge. The walk was tiring and hot but the swim was refreshing and the views worthwhile. We returned by 10am, refreshed again in the lower Manning Gorge and set off in the cars for the next few gorges for the day. We had planned to stop at Galvans Gorge, Adcock Gorge and Bell Gorge where we would camp for the night. We changed our plans after a hot walk to Galvans Gorge where there the water had almost dried up for the season and the stagnant water was not inviting. We skipped Adcock Gorge and continued driving to Bell Gorge. We were disappointed to read the ranger's notice that as at 13th October camping was not allowed at Bell Gorge and we would have to camp at Silent Grove 10km away from the Gorge. It was too hot in the afternoon to attempt the steep walk down and back to the gorge so we spent the afternoon showering at Silent Grove. The camp sites were pleasant but we were stung $14 National Park fees but the facilities included flushing toilets so it was a treat. We cooked another roast dinner in our camp oven - this one a roast pork with crispy crackling.
David (DM) & Michelle (MM)
Always working not enough travelling!
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