5th and final Full Day -
We got up at 8am and made a huge fried breakfast as a final morning with the other family. They then left for home at about 10am, leaving us to our own devices.
We got all our walking stuff together and decided we would go off and walk to 'The Bluff', in Canarvon Gorge.
Whe we got to the 1st creek crossing at the gorge it was clear how high the water had been - it had dropped a lot since its height a few days earlier, but we all still had to take our shoes and socks off to cross the creek on the stepping stones.
'The Bluff' is a relatively short trail, at only about a 6/7km round trip, but because it is to a look our right at the top of one of the gorge walls, it's entirely uphill on the way there and downhill on the return, making it hard going.
Despite it being a tiring walk it is so worth it, the rock formations and plants on the way to the top are amazing, and the view from the lookout point over the whole gorge when you reach the summit are absolutely incredible!
As the round trip only took about 2 and a half hours, when we got back to the creek crossing by the car park, we stayed there a while in the warm sunshine. The Cecily and Maddie were wading around up to their waists in creek, while Diggor and I threw rocks at stone towers we made.
The sun was actually really warm and I was all sweaty from the walk, so being a one shot opportunity, I decided to go swimming in the creek. It was freezing cold due to all the rain water, but still a good laugh.
We got back to camp for a late lunch, then the task of packing up camp begun. Fortunately the sun had dried out a lot of the wet gear, so it was better to pack up.
The packing up took most of the afternoon, and other than that we all we did was go off an find extra wood for the evenings camp fire.
When it got dark and we were all hungry about 5:30pm, we made 'Damper bread' (just flour and water) to cook on the fire. You just get a stick, wrap it around the end and cool it, like a marshmallow, above the coals. When it's done you pull it off the stick, and fill the hollow bit with honey...and eat it warm. Its actually very nice, but easy to get honey all over yourself..
We then made 'Jaffles' for dinner, which was just toasted sandwiches, but made in the campfire using iron toasting plates. We just had cheese and spaghetti hoops, which is also quick and easy but tastey.
Having cleared up after dinner we just sat round the camp fire chatting to a family with 3 kids, but eventually we all went to bed about 9pm as we would be up early the next day for the long journey home..
(Photo - the view off the veranda over the garden and paddock).