Gorges surrounding Glen Helen

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
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Trip End Oct 27, 2012


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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Glen Helen Gorge Day 23

Today we got to sleep in to 7am. Nice lovely shower to wash off all the red dust. That's all I could smell last night whilst I tried to sleep.

A quick walk down to the Gorge to take some reflection photos. Then back to camp to get ready to leave. I spotted a dingo strolling through camp. Taking his time looking at all the campervans I guess trying to sniff out an easy meal.

Our 1st sight to see was a lookout giving us a 360o view of the surrounding area with Gosse Bluff in the background. Also some lovely wildflowers growing around the lookout.

Next up was Redbank Gorge. This was a 30min trip to the Gorge scrambling over boulders & small rocks. These rocks were beautiful colours. Pinks, blues & shades of greys. Magnificent tall towering red cliffs above us with white gum trees growing out of it. Beautiful. The end result was well worth the stumbling over all those boulders. A small pool of water with the tallest red cliffs surrounding it. Gorgeous. The water was icey cold. 

We headed back to camp at 11.30am for some lunch which we ordered in the cafe at Glen Helen Resort. Hamburgers they were really tasty & some cold drinks.

It was then onto the next location after a short rest at 2pm, Ormiston Gorge. This was a quick 10 minute walk from the car park. A lovely large waterhole once again with towering red cliffs & white gums growing out. A few people were swimming here. Red & blue dragon flies were flying around the water's edge.

The Orchre Pits were our next destination. These were used as paint for the aborigines. A quick flat path led us here. Gorgeous coloured rock ledge of different shades of orange, yellow, red & white.

This is the area where the Aboriginals mined ochres for their ceremonies, but also for trading with other groups

Our last place to visit today was Serpentine Gorge. This was a 1.3km walk on a fairly good path a bit rocky. It was fairly hot by now & flies were annoying us.  We were hoping it was going to be another great Gorge to visit. 20mins later & we were once again rewarded with a spectacular sight. More magnificent red towering cliffs with another water hole & behind the water hole some ferns & white gum trees.

At 5pm we had arrived back at camp filled with petrol $130 worth $2.159 a litre a bit of a relief of the $2.33 we paid previously.

We rewarded ourselves with some ice creams & cold drinks for all the walking we had done today.
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