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Our journeys around Australia

Galvans Gorge

 

 

Mornington was a good stop but we had to move on so we drove 90km back up the track to pick up the Gibb River Road again.

We called in at Galvans Gorge to view the falls and cool off with a quick dip.

Water Monitor

 

 

 

We shared the pool with this beautiful metre long Water Monitor.

The Facilities

 

 

Our next camp was at Mount Barnett Roadhouse where we were able to refuel the car. We would have just made it without the extra fuel tanks but it would have been a close thing.

The camp site at Mt Barnett was quite busy but we managed to find ourselves a nice spot in the bush away from the crowds. The facilities were a bit basic though!

En route to Manning Falls

 

We walked a track that took us to Manning Falls but the track started across the other side of a river that we first had to cross. Some polystyrene boxes had been left on the bank to keep our rucksacks dry. Unfortunately they were all on the other side of the river so we sent a Creek Walker in to retrieve them.

Manning Falls

 

 

 

 

 

It was a hot hike to the falls but they were great with plenty of water flowing and there was even a Jacuzzi in one of the small falls.

En route to Manning Falls Crocs

 

 

At the end of the hike back we had to swim across the river again with our gear in the polystyrene boxes which were on the opposite bank again. About 50 metres from where we were crossing there were some fresh water crocs sunning themselves on the rocks!

The other campsite users

 

 

From Mt Barnett our next camp was as Mount Elizabeth Station. This is an active cattle station although it was suffering financially due to the government which had imposed a ban on live exports due to the way the cattle were treated abroad. We did share the campsite with a few of the locals but they were friendly enough!

Barnett River Falls

 

 

We drove out on a very rough 4WD track to some falls on the Barnett River. The station had conveniently left some ladders by the falls to help people get down.

Barnett Falls Rock Art

 

 

We had the place to ourselves and it was good to get in for a swim.

There was also some fine aboriginal rock art on the walls of the gorge.

Orphaned Joey

 

 

The station had an orphaned joey that they had taken in. Quite a commitment as they need to be nursed for a year before they can let them go in the bush.

Station Dog

 

 

One of the station's dogs took us for a bush walk and Ali thought it looked like Bella back home.