We left the Van in Derby and camped a few nights in Windjana. Our first stop was Bell Gorge, the road in was terrible and we got a flat. We managed to change it without too much bother but Mike was incredibly stressed and worried (as you can imagine) as we only carry 1 spare. Still with a bit of encouragement we went on and even he was glad we did, as it was one of the best gorges we have visited. Bumped into Margie here and we spent so long exploring and swimming in the gorge that by the time we got to Windjana, we were setting up camp in the dark. Fortunately Margie’s amazing set up takes about 5mins so she helped us with the tent and got the boys dinner- Thanks heaps Margie.
Matt, Ronelle and their 3 kids were people we met a week or two ago in El Questo, they were here also; their eldest Quin is only 3 and adores Bryce. We all did Tunnel Creek together and this is probably the most exciting walk we have done. It was superb, the Tunnel is about 750m in length and we had to wade with your touches though cold water which at one point was over waist deep. It took a lot to convince Tommy as it was very dark, but he did it. We spotted a huge Freshwater croc, a metre long catfish, snake skins, heaps of different colonies and species of bats, the largest water monitor we have seen to date and it was the first time in ages that we had been cold. This area has interesting history, it was a hide out for a famous aboriginal freedom fighter Jandamarra in the late 1800s; he hid here and the surrounding area for 3 years and was finally killed at the tunnel's entrance after being tracked down by an aboriginal tracker.
We walked a few kms of Windjana Gorge which showed us a great selection of wildlife, from crocs and cockatoos to a tree snake and eagles. This area was once an inland sea and has fossils in the rock walls.
We headed back to Derby where we got the tyre fixed and now have 2 spares and a much happier Michael!