Karijini – Truck Stop, near Port Hedland
After enjoying the delights of Weano Gorge yesterday, we decided that rather than take off from Karijini first thing this morning, we would explore another gorge and then head out.
It is amazing how two gorges in such close physical proximity can be similar and yet so different.
Looking down into the gorge before starting down.
The walk (or maybe clamber) down into the gorge was a lot more difficult today, but we managed just fine. Because of this, and the fact my camera was low on batteries (and eventually died), there are not quite as many photos of Dale’s Gorge as there were of Weano.
The water was refreshing, and I even braved it and went in. In the pool are hundreds of small fish, and they like to nibble your toes, I will confess that it freaked me out a little every time it happened. I wasn’t very brave.
Elisha decided that he didn’t want to swim in Fern Pool, I think that was because of the depth and the fish, but he was most certainly going to go in the water at Fortescue Falls. He went in.
We stopped here for some snacks, dried off a bit, and started the climb out.
Lunch in the caravan, and some icy poles to finish off with. I’m thankful for multiple cameras!
While the children were finishing up their icy poles I took the opportunity to wander the car park and take some photos of the flora. When I think of the Australian bush, I do not automatically think of flowers and colour, but when I stopped to take a closer, more careful look today, I was surprised. It is there, just subtle.
We were sad to say good bye to Karijini National Park, yet excited about what might be ahead. Some spectacular scenery on the way out. Though photos never quite do justice to what you see with your eyes.
‘Oh, well,’ we thought, ‘we’ll stop at the next one.’ but the next one was closed for maintenance. So we stopped at the next one. Which happened to be right at the junction of the two major roads leading into Port Hedland. A very busy truck rest stop. It wasn’t really all that restful.