East Kimberly - El Questro

Trip Start Jan 29, 2012
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Trip End Apr 01, 2013


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El Questro

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

We stayed at Kununurra , which didn't have a lot going for it, unless you are a keen fisherman.

We set out for El Questro Wilderness Park, which is considered to be one of the world's most unique holiday destinations. To get there it involved travelling 58km, then you go onto the famous Gibb River Road, which is the road most 4WD enthusiasts tackle once in their lifetime. Although we only had to travel 25km along this road, it involved some pretty serious deep water crossings, and lots of corrugations on the dirt road. There were also lots of cattle andering over the road, which didn't help. During the day we bumped into the Galaxy couples whome we had met at Timber Creek, and they had the misfortune to get a flat tyre from the road, so we were very glad that didn’t to us.

Our first stop was at Emma Gorge, which is one of the Kimberley’s most well known and spectacular gorges. After a 1 hour walk into the gorge we were rewarded with a huge waterhole at the end, enclosed on three sides by sheer cliffs, and a magnificent waterfall at the far side. We were the only ones there, so it was just lovely to swim with the only sound being the gushing waterfall.  The cliff walls were a brilliant orange/red colour, and were a sight to behold. This was such a great place to be, and we just loved it.

Next stop was Zebedee Springs, which are thermal pools at the end of a short walk through tropical livistona and pandanas palms. This was a beautiful place, and we spent ages just floating in the warm water there.

The best we left until last, which was El Questro Gorge. This was a one hour walk to a lovely waterhole, through palm and fern-clad escarpments, and it was absolutely beautiful. It was a hard walk, but well worth the effort, and it also had a great waterfall which you could swim under, and all around you were sheer cliffs, with lots of ferns, and amazing colours.  Again we were the only people there, which was fantastic. This was a magical place, absolutely stunning.

We made it back to Kununurra in one piece, although the car was a filthy mess.
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