Day 31: Tunnel Creek.
Today we are going down the road to Tunnel Ck, and we need our swimmers and torches...we are excited!
The rain seems to be staying away for now, so we clamber over massive boulders to access the tunnel in.
Well it's amazing. A real adventure and and by far the most exciting gorge walk we have done. And the boys are in their element.
We wade through dark, cold waters under torch light, enjoying spectacles such as bats and stalagmites. Such a beautiful place.
When we emerge...it's raining. This literally puts a dampener on things as we have lots of time left in the day.
On the trip back to the campsite, Craig and I decide that we will go on to Silent Grove/Bell Gorge, rather than stay another night. Bruce and Anne plan to meet us up there the following day.
So we pack up and head the 90+ kms to Bell Gorge...in the rain! And after some awesome creek crossings and rocky terrain coming in, we are sitting in the car, in the rain, deciding what to do?!
But 'push on' say we, so we set up one tent only and use the other tents fly as a cover tied between the back of the car and the trees. And it works a treat! We stay pretty dry and we are able to eat dinner (toasted sandwiches of course), and tell camping stories to the boys. It's a lot of fun!
Meanwhile the ranger comes around to tell us that the rain is set in, and is going to get worse over the next four days. And if it rains too much they will close the Gibb. So we have to make a decision whether to continue on to Manning Gorge (another 100kms) or head back to Derby. The ranger says we can make our decision in the morning, as he will have gotten the latest news from the Dept of Roads etc.
So we wait (and I sleep fitfully)...