The best national park in Oz

Trip Start Aug 15, 2006
Trip End May 27, 2008

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Well we left Broom with a vague plan and hoped to make it to Karinjini national park by nightfall but by the time we'd stocked up on food and faffed around in town it was almost lunchtime so we made it as far as a tiny farm in a place called Pardoo to camp for the night.  It didn't seem too bad at first with a swimming pool but on the downside it was expensive (probably because all the backpacker tour buses seem to stop there) and we didn't get much sleep due to the local miners (including the most annnoying and loud girl I've ever met and some sleezy old guys) staying there having a huge drink fest all night (bahh humbug!). 

In the morning we still had a fairly long drive to the national park but set off early and put our foot down.  Unfortunately when we were overtaking a road train (that's a huge truck with more than 1 carriage to those of you who aren't Aussie) it threw up a big stone at our windscreen and put a nice chip there - bummer as we'd opted out of paying for extra insurance which would have covered it but it was no big deal as a chip isn't a big deal....

We set up camp at Dales gorge and went to Fern Circular pool, Circular pool and Fortesque falls - all very nice but cold compared to the parks in the Northern Territory (I've been pampered by the weather here).  At the falls we made some new friends, Anatol and Thomas, a couple of Swiss guys who were heading the same way as us so we hung out with them that night.  It's a basic ampsite there with the usual hut toilets but these had the addition of being covered in redback spiders on the inside!  Before I went to bed I mentioned about keeping rubbish away in case of dingoes - everyone laughed at me but sure enough an hour later one arrived at the campsite while we were having a few drinks, but luckily it was not aggressive!

In the morning we drove to Weano gorge and hiked down into Joffre gorge as we'd been told there was a nice swimming spot only the locals know of.  It required swimming down a stream first but as soon as the water got quite stagnant we decided we should turn back which was a shame.  The highlights of the area really was the Spiderwalk gorge which is basicaly a narrow section you climb through and handrail pool which requires going down a slippery edge with a rope into a refreshing pool.  We followed the water downstream from here but were soon faced with a big drop that required rock climbing gear which was a shame!  We hiked back through Weano gorge which was a bit bare and smelly but only because it's dry season and there wasn't much water.  Climbing back up was tough as we were all pretty tired but we made it to the campsite at the Eco-Retreat there and setup tent next to the Swiss guys. 

Even though we were miles from the nearest town we saw Simone and Fahrey on their Western Exposure tour bus but it's not like there's a lot of places you can stop and camp on the West coast of Australia!
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