Ian & Claire's Adventure
After the storm the night before the last 23Km of unsealed road to the gorge was mud, we risked it going through 2 creeks and the van fishtailed most of the way it was a long way to come to turn back. Unfiortunately most of the gorge was closed due to a large bushfire the day before. We decided to do a few short walks instead and saw loads of kangaroos and loads more on the drives between the camp and visitor centre, even joeys, and big males which was great to see. We stayed at Takaraki campsite and went platypus spotting on the nature walk, at dusk. We didn't see anything and unfortunately met an aggressive male kangaroo on the path. When he wouldn't move out of the way and growled at us we headed back the way we came, unfortunately in the dark by this time. The next morning the gorge had been opened again so we decided to do the 12Km walk as far as the art gallery, an important Aboriginal Art site, via the moss garden rock pool. The whole walk was through the gorge, bushland crossing the river several times over stepping stones. There was fairly shocking evidence of the fire, in some places still smoking on the one side of the creek. The moss gardens were very pretty, extremely humid with tree ferns and moss dripping down the walls of a small lagoon place. On the way we saw a few kangaroos right next to us on the path, they didn't seem to mind. We were well rewarded when we got to the Art gallery. It was a huge limestone wall covered in stensils, the guys would blow ocre through their mouths onto their hands and tools to depict families and food sights and burial sites. There were also some carvings of kangaroo tracks etc. On the way out to Rockhampton we saw an Emu and chick on the side of the road, which was really exciting, they are huge. It was a really long way to Rockhampton so we gave up early and stayed at Mount Morgan and treated ourselves to a whole bbq chicken for dinner.