A night at Carolines Pool - our very own gorge!

Trip Start Apr 14, 2012
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Trip End Dec 21, 2012


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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Saturday, June 9, 2012

The drive out of Windjana NP began a very long day of driving. We drove through some of WA's remote communities and towns including Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek. We had strong preconceptions of life in these places due to the media attention, and the often bad rap, given to the aboriginal communities in this area. However we found them to be way less scary than anticipated. All our interactions with 'blackfellas’ in this area were interesting, informative and nothing short of delightful. Not to suggest the underlying problems don’t exist, they certainly do. But as a ‘tourist’ in these areas we weren’t exposed to any of the problems – staying there for an extended period I would imagine you would begin to see below the surface. We spent the afternoon in Halls Creek trying to work out our next plan of action. Ant really wanted to go to Wolfe Creek NP the next day and we all wanted to go to Purnululu NP, or better known as the Bungle Bungles National Park. So we sussed out road conditions and travelling time. On our budget we couldn’t do it all, so we missed out on the Wolfe Creek meteorite crater. We spent the night at a delightful free camp spot called Caroline’s Pool, where we had our very own mini gorge. On the way there we stopped at ‘China Wall’ a massive wall of pure quartz crystal that continues through the rugged landscape for 15 kilometres. That night we made a big fire to warm ourselves, wishing we had picked up some marshmallows.  We ate dinner by the fire and gazed into it as we talked about our highlights of the trip so far. A couple of caravans arrived for the night, and a ‘Wicked Van’ with European backpackers arrived after dark.  As we were cleaning up dinner dishes the German backpackers came over and gave the kids a bag of marshmallows to toast! How very lovely of them! Hot chocolates and marshmallows all round! It was a perfect, and serendipitous, way to end the day in our favourite free camp spot.
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