Day 39: El Questro:
Today we head off early to spend the day at some of the El Questro gorges. First stop is the Zebedee Springs.
This is a lovely 750m walk into some beautiful rainforest-like bush. And at the end, lovely little pools filled with warm, crystal-clear thermal water.
We spend a couple of hours here, swimming (or more like floating...not much room to swim), catching tadpoles and enjoying the water.
After Zebedee, we drive to the El Questro Gorge and Moonshine Gorge turnoff. This is a ripper 4WD track!
After plenty of sand, we come across a very wide river crossing, with a sign saying its more than 500mm deep.
I'm driving, so I send Darcy across on foot, just so we can get an idea of the depth...it's deep enough, but not that deep that we can't cross.
I put the car into 4WD 4L and head off. There's no rocks on the bottom of this river...pure sand and mud. I can feel the difference instantly, but I'm confident (now that I've done a few) and I cross with no problems. PHEW! After all, it is my parents car!
We go to Moonshine Gorge first, on a very rough and rocky track, and it's gorgeous. We have lunch and only walk a little way as its very rocky following the creek bed. But Darcy, Riley and I swim back and it's beautiful. Another lovely place.
After Moonshine Gorge we head to El Questro Gorge. This is a 6.8km walk up to a series of waterholes. Fortunately, there is a swimming one 1.7km in, so that's where we head.
This is a great walk and we are again rewarded with a beautiful swimming hole. Crystal clear with a little waterfall. The boys even manage to find a rock to jump from.
We spend the rest of the afternoon here. Such a beautiful place. The boys are very reluctant to leave...in fact they want to walk the rest of the 6.8 km! That's the difference between a gorge with water and a gorge without.
We leave El Questro satisfied with all we have done there. It has been a great day!
It will be sad to leave the Kimberley tomorrow...