ANCIENT GEIKI GORGE & ONTO DROWSY DERBY
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Fitzroy crossing, Geiki Gorge to Derby
WEATHER: 16 degrees at 6.45am. reached 30 degrees later
MILEAGE at FC: 23568 kms
The alarm was set for 6am so that we could pack up and reach the Geiki Gorge National Park to have breakfast and take the 8am boat trip up the gorge with the Ranger.
It was a beautiful morning, a little cool by Kimberley standards and the sky was clear blue.
Geiki Gorge NP is 20kms out of Fiztroy Crossing and the flood waters of the Fitzroy River have carved a 30 metre deep gorge through the limestone cliffs of the ancient Devonian reefs. During the wet season the river rises 16 metres through the gorge flooding the national park.
We take the excellent DEC boat tour along the peaceful gorge and learn the history and geology of this ancient place. Crocodiles sun themselves on the muddy shore and we see birds flitting above us. It is an impressive untamed place and we are sorry to see the wild weed passionfruit vine smothering some native flora; the ranger tells us that the vine usually drowns in the big wet but enough survives to get going afterwards.
Kath makes friends with the aboriginal elder who is waiting for his group to take his 2 hour tour and he tells her he has a sister called Kath and gives her a lovely sew-on logo for her shorts.
we take a short walk along the sandy banks and have a chat with an artist who is painting the tall cliffs and rocks.
It was another 260 kms to Derby and we called at the information centre to check out our camping options and tours to Windjana Gorge and possible cruises around the Bucanneer Archipeligo.
Derby has a population of 5000, and is famous for its big tides.
The informatipon available was a bit too much to comprehend all at once, so we took brochures and checked into Kimberley Entrance Caravan Park- a spacious unpowered site for $28 pn with a good view of the sunset sky line. We were thrilled to catch up with some old buddies Judy and Don and we had afternoon tea with them and as usual a good laugh!
Parked behind us were a couple of guys who had taken a month to sail from Wyndham to Derby; they had towed the boat from Sydney for the trip and were taking off tomorrow to tow it back!!
They said they were a bit wary of swimming on the coast because of crocodiles and that fishing was limited- the fish ripped the bait off and swam away!
Talking of fish we had a great serve of barramundi and chips from the Windmill Cafe tonight- absolutely delicious.