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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.

Posted by Jenandbrad 06:28 Archived in Australia

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As you seem to be in most of the photos Jen I presume Brad is the photographer. Your photos are wonderful, great composition, the use of shadows is fabulous. They make us all envy your trip although this grey head would have quit much earlier.
The temperature changes in desert areas are amazing even very small areas of water can be very cold. But no doubt you are glad of the cool to cold nights to sleep well. I haven't heard enough yet from Greg to know what it is like in Sth Sudan but maybe he will give something away on facebook. Love to you both and stay safe.

by Aunty Kaye

Covered in dust and overrun by Toyota utes and 4WDs sounds like Juba. All you need to do is add in some boda bikes...

by Mossy...

Thanks Aunty Kaye, it's a great time to be traveling this area. Thankfully we seemed to have dodged the bad weather further south.

by Jenandbrad

Fabulous photos guys and I'm so glad you're fit enough to make the most of it. Are you going to the Bungle Bungles? Worth lashing out on a helicopter ride too.

by Lesley Pettigrew

Guys, this is SO stunning. Trip of a lifetime continues! xx

by Pip

Thanks Pip x

by Jenandbrad

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