Our last few days in Western Australia!!!
Trip Start Apr 25, 2009
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Where I stayed
hidden valley caravan park
After a good nights sleep we got set up in a powered site and set up camp for a few days!
On our second day we went out to the IvanHoe crossing where part of Australia the movie was filmed, James wanted to do the river crossing and after much discusson with all the other tourists he thought he would give it a try. The photo is of Mark hanging out the window waving to me and i can tell you my heart was in my mouth, James was probably concentrating on the crossing, i was concentrating on the water fall to one side and the croc on the other and my wee boy waving happily at me!!
Everyone we had spoken to said that the Elquestro station out on the Gibb River road was well worth a visit, so not wanting to miss an opportunity we looked the tent back out again and looked out the camping gear again
Elquestro is over one million acres, it has it's own hot springs, gorges and is very expensive if you stay at the homestead!
We were up at five o,clock in the morning to get out there to the hot springs before all the tourists arrive. We were there at about seven o'clock and after a small trek we were there and not too many tourists. They were a few small springs, with hot water and the kids loved jumping from one to another shattering everyone else's tranquility!!
After our refreshing start to the day we headed off into elquestro to book in and set up the tent.
The kids were booked in for their first ever horse ride and at ten o'clock we walked up to the stables with two very excited children!!
The girl Kat who ran the stables was lovely and got the kids settled onto their horses Jay and Bundy. We all walked around the camp ground and Mark and Leah loved it, Mark has asked every day since Mum.... When we stop traveling..... And buy a house....
That afternoon we went into Elquestro Gorge and walked quite a hard and long way in until we got middle pool where we all had a dip in the not so heated but very refreshing pool. It was quite stunning with all it's fern's and palm tree's. It was a long trek back out and i think we might be getting a bit gorged out!
Back at camp we went for happy hour at the bar and met a couple with their two children who we had met up the gorge.
Next morning i had an early start and had to be at the stables for my turn at horse riding. It's been sixteen years since i was on a horse. They say you never forget how to ride a horse, we will see!
Kat got me on my ex race horse Inkara and then did a few more little jobs before she got on hers, by the time we left the stables my butt was already starting to get sore!
We went a real outback trek with river crossings and everything
We finished packing up and we were off again down the corrugated road to Wyndam, we were so close and it was a must see apparently! New lesson learned, don't listen to anyone else and go with your gut feeling. Wyndham was awful, the lookout was over grown, could'nt see much, the five river lookout was very undistinctable and the dream time monuments were over grown, so literally 5 mins later we were back in the car and a bit disgruntled as we had wasted two hours to get there! ( Rant over)
We got some jobs done back at camp and it was time to get ready to head off the next morning.
We are leaving Western Australia and heading to the Northern Territory!!!!