|There were dozens of these oversized roadtrains carrying prefabricated mine components.|
Karijini NP, on first appearances, is scrubby and uninteresting looking, but it hid some of the best gorges we’ve come across. We did so much walking we were all in bed and asleep by 8.30pm and on our final night we were all in bed by 7.30pm! Unheard of for me.
|Kate's grown so much on this trip!|
|Unusual wave patterns in the rocks.|
|Fortesque falls and swimming hole were beautiful - just a brief steep walk in and out.|
On our final day, we went to ‘Kermit’s Pool’ which involved a steep descent into a gorge, a scramble along the gorge floor crossing backwards and forwards over the water, then a swim or some impromptu abseiling through a narrow gorge (Larry and Kate swam while Elizabeth and I managed to cling precariously to the wall), then a scramble down a small waterfall, over some boulders, then do the spider walk (walk with legs spread apart on each side of a narrow section of the gorge), then arrive at this lovely little pool called Kermit’s Pool. What an adventure getting there! Larry gave us all a fright by slipping off one of the walls and landing heavily in the water but he was OK. On the way back I decided to swim the gorge section. We all agreed it was a top day out but combined with the other gorge walks and swimming we had done over the previous 4 days, we were all knackered, hence the early night! Karijini is a top national park, and yet again, proves that to get the most out of the park you have to be active. You need to be physically capable to undertake the walks and swims - this is not a national park to be left until you have dodgy knees, ankles or hips!
|The start of the walk. First you had to get down to the water.|
|I was trying not to get wet but swam this section on the return journey.|
|If you didn't want to swim parts of the walk, this was your alternative!|
|Our destination - Kermit's Pool. The walk did continue but you needed ropes and hard hats. Not |
items we normally carry in our daypacks!
|Chilling out on the return journey.|
|Hard hats and safety glasses. At least we didn't need long pants and collared shirts |
like some other tours.
|We never saw a single vehicle this colour at the mine site! All the processing equipment is |
also painted yellow or orange and the only time you see the colour is after a downpour.
|Given we weren't having a party, I'm not sure why we decided to make these rice puff balls. Made |
with rice bubbles and nutella, they tasted like chocolate crackles. The girls were very excited
about having nutella for the first time.
|Old mine truck tyres used as insulation around the generator shed at Auski roadhouse.|
We were desperate to clean the car, van, do washing, mop the floor etc. The red dirt of the Kimberly and Pilbara is driving us all crazy. Clothes are dirty as soon as you put them on and don’t let me get started about dirty feet!!!