Kimberley exploring (June 2015) – Part I
In June 2015 we visited the Southern Carr Boyd Range in the magnificent Kimberley region of Western Australia. Our trip started with an early morning boat trip on Lake Argyle to our drop off point.
With the boat departing we are truly isolated for the next seven days.
Many of our campsites were on gravel river beds where we managed to find just enough space for 5 spots.
Some of the walking was true bush-bashing through long grass and my nemesis – pandanus!
But the bush bashing is all worth it when you unexpectedly come across waterhole gems like this one.
We had a couple of steep climbs on our walk but generally we were on flattish ground.
The views were great.
The colours amazing.
This was a stand-out campsite. An afternoon of entertainment with jumping opportunities from three sides of this amazing pool.
Our food group delivered some amazing meals. Later that evening we had butter chicken with pappadums, and chocolate mousse with smashed raspberries and chocolate shards. MasterChef eat your heart out.
There were days of awesome gorge walking on flat rocky platforms.
With more swimming holes and jumping opportunities
The route had its challenges from climbing down waterfalls…
to compulsory pack floats…
to large amounts of rock-hopping
and more pack floats!
And then we were amazed to discover slot canyons!
No, this is not Karijini but it sure looks like it.
The flora was incredible.
Oh and did I mention slot canyons
And a really long packfloat! (and a large freshwater crocodile which was fortunately spotted after we’d all made it to the other end)
Fortunately the helicopter found us at the end. Otherwise it would have been a really long walk!