Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Gibb River Road cont.

Wednesday 10th June. Had an early start and left Marunbabidi camp at approx 07:00am. I liked Marunbabidi, it was the most basic of the camps we’ve stayed at with no ensuite bathrooms or power points but I felt it had a authentic ‘bush’ feel. This was helped by the fact that the camp is small and and staffed by only 3 people.
After leaving we continued back down the Kulumburu Road, stopping briefly at Drysdale station again.
We got pictures of Tim bringing the truck across a creek that’s name escapes me right now.

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Finally reached the Kulumburu Rd. junction with the Gibb River Road and then continued westward down the Gibb.
Next stop was Barnet River Gorge, about 3km off the Gibb along a particularly bad track. Tim led us down to a swimming spot. Most of the group swam but myself and Ray fancied a walk so we went exploring upstream along the gorge. We found a rocky path marked by a series of stone cairns that after a lot of rock hopping, led down to a lovely spot further upstream.

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We had a good lunch at Barnet River Gorge then carried on to Galvans Gorge. Galvans Gorge is a beautiful little spot with a swimming hole fed by a waterfall. The Kimberley has 100’s of these types of gorges and we’ve only scratched the surface really. After swimming at Galvans we resumed the journey west along the Gibb.
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A Black headed Python on the road caused a bit of excitement. We avoided running it over but Tim (the tour guide...not me) decided to rescue it off the road before it became an ex-python. I touched a snake for the first time ever!
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After the python, another 20kms or so brought us to Imintji camp – our stay for the next two nights. Like Muranbabidi, Imintji also has no ensuite bathrooms but it has got 240v power so I can charge the laptop. Imintji seems about twice the size of Marunbadidi and is set in a nice spot at the bottom of a range.

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