Bell Gorge

IMG_6695Bell Gorge is the ‘must see’ gorge along the Gibb River Road. It’s one of the more well known ones and we can see why! ……. although there are so many beautiful gorges it’s hard to say whether it’s the best or not.IMG_6697IMG_6698Bell Gorge lays within the King Leopold Range Conservation Park. We camped here overnight at the Silent Grove campground. Really nice campground, but very busy.IMG_6706It was a short drive to the Gorge and waterfall from the campground and then a 2km walk from the car park.IMG_6707IMG_6708IMG_6709To stand at the top of the waterfall as it cascades down the cliffs into the pool below is beautiful. You can swim down the bottom, but it is a bit of a scramble over slippery rocks and down the other side, plus it was a bit late in the afternoon for us to be swimming.IMG_6711It’s definitely a beautiful place to be. To be able to stand at the top of a waterfall and think how beautiful it is and then imagine how incredible it would be to see in the wet season, wow, we are so lucky to have these areas available to explore.

Saw this guy on our way back to camp

The Gibb River Road

The Gibb River Road is one of Australia’s unique 4WD challenges, and one that we had always wanted to conquer and tick off the bucket list!

The legendary stock route of 660km runs right through the heart of the Kimberley.  It was originally built for droving cattle from Wyndham to Derby.  Now it’s one of those epic 4WD adventures that is on all true 4WD enthusiasts bucket list.

We just spent the past week travelling the Gibb and exploring the magnificent gorges and waterfalls, travelling through aboriginal communities, 4WDing some great tracks, reliving history, meeting lots of people …… and having the shit shaken out of us, the Prado and the trailer! You have no idea how bad some of the roads are!

the bar at El Questro

Our first stop was at El Questro.  This place was amazing and we could have easily spent a week there.

swimming hole at El Questro

Next we spent a couple of days staying at Mt Elizabeth Station, exploring their private gorges that are only available to people staying on their property.

Crossing the Pentacost River (disappointed it was so low!)

We spent the night at the Silent Grove campsite in the national park at Bell Gorge.  Great campground and close to the gorge aswell.

Shelly’s own gorge! – Barnett River Gorge

We then spent a night camped in the national park at Windjana Gorge. This gorge is full of crocodiles and we got lots of photos of them during our walk, one was happily sun baking up on the beach allowing all us tourists to take photos with him!

crocodiles at Windjana Gorge

Yesterday on our way to Fitzroy Crossing, we stopped in to walk Tunnel Creek, another amazing experience walking through a pitch black tunnel, along sand and through the water, all while keeping an eye out for the bats and freshwater crocodiles that call the cave home!

Windjana Gorge

Now all of the above deserves a lot more detail and photographs, so we will do seperate blog posts for each location over time, but that’s a brief outline of our last week or so on the Gibb! We could have easily spent a month or more exploring this area as we only just scratched the surface ….. maybe we need another trip!

To say that we enjoyed the past week is an understatement!