Gregory National Park
|Morning coffee at turn off to Gregory NP|
|Start of Bullita Stock Track|
|Now that's a boab, on the Bullita Stock Route|
After setting up camp we went to Limestone Gorge and from Calcite Flow lookout could view the white waterfall effect the calcite has on the rock face. Thought we would take the 2km walk to Limestone creek billabong and try out the new boots Hels and I had just brought for the trip. Well... the track in had been washed out and was a real rocky creek bed for at least a km which gave the boots a real work out. We pushed on to the billabong and being mid afternoon and very warm the water was just too inviting so naturally had a quick dip. Upon returning to camp we discovered my boots had worked a treat however Hels had bad blisters on both heels!! The following day we travelled the Bullita Stock Route which was approx 92 kms and took over 8 hours! The first 10 kms was extremely rocky and took us more than an hour to drive and at times very challenging. Withiin 15kms from the end of the track when we thought the road conditions had improved dramatically, managed to put a 50cm gash in the side wall of the tyre - Buggar!!
From Gregory NP headed back onto the Victoria Hwy into Timber Creek for fuel and onto the Duncan Road.
|Palm Springs out from Halls Creek|
|Our Camp at Marella George|
|Some of the locals sun baking .... freshies!!|
Before departing the next morning we drove out to the actual Marella Gorge which looked lovely with the morning sun shining on the rocks. Continued along the Duncan stopping at Sawpit Gorge, had a quick dip at PalmSprings and called into Caroline Pools before arriving at Halls Creek in time for lunch and getting the tyre changed.
Headed up the bitumen for an overnight free roadside camp at Spring Creek, just a short distance from the turn off to the Bungles.
Day 8 - Had an early get away to drive the 53kms to the Bungles which took less than 3 hrs however road conditions were very corrugated due to the amount of traffic which has travelled to and fro.
After enduring an extremely cold night (thank God for the beanie), we headed out from the Bungles across the corrugations and back onto the bitumen towards Kununurra where we stayed at the Lakeside C/P and treated ourselved to a Pub meal.
Had a quick look aroound Kununarra today, managed to find the Sandlewood factory and just down the road was Hoochery the rum distillery, had to have a few samples.....hic, hic.
Tomorrow we head across the Gibb River Road. Various reports on the condition but generall very corrigated from what we can gather.
So until next time when we should be in Broome.