04.06.2012 - 08.06.2012
Leaving Exmouth we stopped in at Tom Price, the gateway to Karijini National Park. This was our first experience of a mine town, covered in dust and overrun by Toyota utes and 4WDs, still lovely warm people... I'd hate to be the guy doing an inspection on this wheely big truck!..
The park covers over 600,000 hectares, its draw-cards, the spectacular gorges, waterfalls and rock pools, so we setup camp right in the thick of all the action at Dales Gorge. Waisting no time we headed to Fortescue Falls.
After negotiating the rocky steps and narrow trail we arrived at the waterfall in awe. We continued to ramble along the gorge floor to Fern Pool, the first beautiful swimming hole.
Following the stream to the picturesque Circular Pool we were guttered that we forgot our towels... Until we saw the swimmers shock reactions to the "refreshing" (bloody cold) water.
The return trip offered a short cut via the cliff top above Circular Pool. We gladly took this option...
The next day we decided to hike through Weano Gorge, promising to be bigger and increasingly difficult.
Yesterdays Class 4, "often rough and needing a moderate to high level of fitness" trails were quickly upgraded to Class 5, "extremely rough terrain, high level fitness required as well as a nationally recognised accreditation to abseil"...Are you serious?!... Ok you are serious. Spider Walk aptly named.
Grey Nomads thinned out here...
Minus the abseiling equipment we came prepared with our towels this time to take a dip in Kermit Pool, at least one of us braving the cold.
Our day was capped off at Oxers lookout. Extraordinary views of four gorges converging 100 metres below.