Kimberley Capers…Fitzroy Crossing
Trip Start Apr 05, 2011
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We crossed the mighty Fitzroy River and checked into the Lodge on the outskirts of town. Its large grassy grounds reminded us of a country club and we instantly felt comfortable there
I am not sure if Rod was shocked or surprised when I returned from connecting the power with a beaming smile and a slimy green companion. A green tree frog had been nestled in the power box and I just couldn’t resist picking it up and giving it a pat! (We don’t see them at all in the city)
We drove out to Geikie Gorge to take a cruise along the Fitzroy River. Our drive took us out over the old Fitzroy River Crossing and as we drove across the narrow bridge still covered by water we watched the locals frolicking in the water and along the river bank, children delighting in jumping from the bridge.
It was hard to believe that in March this river stretched 30 kilometres wide in parts as the floodwater engulfed the area. Whilst there was still a foot or so over the bridge at this time (the end of the dry), during the wet the water flows meters above the old river crossing and during floods it reaches around 13 metres above the crossing, so hard to fathom such a massive body of water.
Geikie Gorge was stunning. The sheer colourful rock faces dropping deep into the river, their image reflecting perfectly off the dark Fitzroy River waters. These rock faces, carved out over millions of years offered an array of textures and formations which had us captivated. The colours made all the more intense from the afternoon sunlight bouncing off the gorge walls. The rich deep reds, the soft creams, pastel pinks, browns and oranges, complimented with green foliage springing to life out of crevices in the rock face. It truly was a show of visual splendor.
An abundance of freshwater crocodiles were lining the river banks basking in the afternoon sun. Even after seeing so many in Windjana Gorge we were thrilled every time we spotted one. We clicked off far too many photographs as we found them posing on rocks, their jaws ajar… thank goodness for digital cameras!
The children were still happily jumping off the bridge as we drove back to our camp, we waited patiently for them to clear a path so we could drive across the old Fitzroy River Crossing one more time.
As Syd and Cheryl were heading further East the following day and we had opted to spend another day in Fitzroy Crossing; Rod cooked up a feast of delicious roast lamb and we again talked and laughed well into the evening.
Highlights of Fitzroy Crossing:
- Boat cruise along Geikie Gorge
- Freshwater crocodiles posing on rocks
- Old Fitzroy River Crossing