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Trip Start Jun 28, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Monday, June 6, 2011

From Broome, we journeyed east into the Kimberley region so we could visit some small national parks. After some uncertainty as to whether an unsealed road had re-opened or was passable for 2WDs we eventually found out it should be okay...
Passing some curvaceous boab trees for about 100km we finally approached the turn-off we needed in order to reach Windjana Gorge National Park. We then got to a creek crossing point which meant driving through water on an uneven surface - TREVOR POWER!
Once we arrived at Windjana, we tied up our boots and began a 7km return walk through the gorge. We followed a clear, sandy path for half the way and searched for freshwater crocodiles sat on the banks. We spotted several basking in the sun but even though these aren't the man-eating type we still kept a safe distance!

As we trampled on through our trail it seemed to turn like Jurassic Park - fallen trees and overgrown plants greeted us around one corner and huge dinosaur-esque lizards scampered off around the next! Windjana Gorge was quite unusual to look at - it was as if a huge charcoal wall had just shot up straight from the ground. Our campsite backed onto it - a lovely setting!

A short drive away was Tunnel Creek National Park which was a tunneled cave carved away by the force of torrents of water over the years. We walked through the surprisingly wide tunnel which was pitch black at points but then had clearings in the ceiling at ohter points letting the sunlight seep through. We had to wade through water to get to the sandy islands too - definitely a different kind of adventure walk!

After Tunnel Creek, we had the remainding section of the Gibb River loop road to complete. After a 4WD adventure in Trev, our 2WD - driving through rivers and bouncing along rough potholes we finally made it back to the highway!

This was the final section of Western Australia for us and we were quite sad to leave such a magnificently diverse state but it was on to pastures new...the Northen Territory was calling...!
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