Carnarvon Gorge Nov04

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Carnarvon Gorge

It rained part of the drive down from Carnarvon Gorge as we passed the wheat fields.

Wheatfields

Wheatfields

Carnarvon Gorge is about 170km south of Emerald. We set up camp at the Takarraka Camp ground with the Allens. We are really enjoying the adventure and company that Matt and Nikky bring. And the kids are having such a great time together.

Arriving at Takarraka Bush Camp

Arriving at Takarraka Bush Camp

This place is full of animals… kangaroos, lots of different types of wallabies, echidnas, lizards, birds and platypus. The kids have had to be careful of running over the animals around the campground with their bikes!

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Echidna

Echidna outside our tent

Friendly residents at Tarrakara

Friendly residents at Tarrakara

 

At 6am we we all walked up the Carnarvon Creek.

Carnarvon Creek @ sunrise

Carnarvon Creek @ sunrise

One of the many water crossings

One of the many water crossings

Cairn on Carnarvon Creek

Cairn on Carnarvon Creek

Silver-leaf Iron Bark

Silver-leaf Iron Bark

Palm Forest - Carnarvon Gorge

Palm Forest – Carnarvon Gorge

We stopped off at Moss Gardens…

Waterfall at Moss Garden

Waterfall at Moss Garden

Da Crew - Moss Gardens (Matt Allen)

Da Crew – Moss Gardens (Matt Allen)

Mat, Nikky, Lindy and I left the junior rangers in the capable hands of Keama, the Allen’s 14yr old boy, at the turn off to the Ampitheatre…

Kids sad that we are leaving them

Kids sad that we are leaving them

… and headed up to the Art Gallery and Ward’s Canyon.

Rock art

Rock art

King Ferns in Wards Canyon

King Ferns in Wards Canyon

King Ferns in Wards Canyon

King Ferns in Wards Canyon

Wards Canyon (Matt Allen)

Wards Canyon (Matt Allen)

We returned to our ecstatic kids and took them into the Ampitheatre.

Da Crew - The Ampitheatre (Matt Allen)

Da Crew – The Ampitheatre (Matt Allen)

Entrance to the Ampitheatre

Entrance to the Ampitheatre

The Ampitheatre

The Ampitheatre

Kai in training

Kai in training (after running the stairs four times)

Kai, Rueben and Taya ran the 5kms back to our cars. I kid you not. In 35 degrees. The kids walked/ran 10km in total – not a bad effort. BUT – The old fossils (parents) won the day with 14km – just proving we can still teach them young folk a thing or two! The walk was well-worth while.

The next day we headed up Mickey’s Creek. First stop, we found a small gorge. The “Thrilling Three”, Kai, Rueben and Taya decided to figure out a way across a small waterhole. It was nice watching them experiment and problem-solve together. They all contributed…

Thrilling Three working out how to cross a creek

Thrilling Three working out how to cross a creek

This is how they did it!

This is how they did it!

Mickey's Creek

Mickey’s Creek

… and, with some persistence, they made it to the other side!

At 1.5km the track turns to rocks and boulders. The Junior Rangers love this stuff…

Kids taking it easy and safely up Mickey Creek

Kids taking it easy and safely up Mickey Creek

Mickey Creek was quite a challenge

Mickey Creek was quite a challenge

Blue Dragon Fly (to match the red one from Diamond Gorge at Mornington)

Blue Dragon Fly (to match the red one from Diamond Gorge at Mornington)

 

Shae getting some air

Shae getting some air

Yee Haaa!

Yee Haaa!

thrilling Three crossing the fallen tree

thrilling Three crossing the fallen tree

I walked back with Shae along Mickeys Creek – it was really nice chatting to him.  Well, really, just listening to him.  Like his brother, Shae can really talk.

A moment's rest

A moment’s rest

Cairns on Mickey Creek

Cairns on Mickey Creek

We suggested to Nikky and Matt that Shae would make a perfect fifth child.  He has really made himself comfortable with Taya, Keama and Devin…

Royal Flying Devin Service

Royal Flying Devin Service

Matt also helped me with some running repairs on my car… I think my squealing fan belt got the better of him and he had to stop it. OK – he just reminded me that he actually fixed it. Fair enough. Thanks mate!

OK - Matt really fixed the fan belt, and greased the shocks, and...

OK – Matt really fixed the fan belt, and greased the shocks, and…

It’s been lovely travelling with the Allens (and Key’s). We left them here as we are heading south to Roma and they were heading back to meet up with the Keys in their “twin” Big Red at 1770.  We are looking forward to catching up with both the Big Reds when we get down to Melbourne as they live near by!