It took a bit of convincing to persuade Mike into doing a huge 400km detour from the coast and head inland to Karijini National Park. Concerned about the heat, that there would be no water, that we wouldn’t have enough time for the south of Perth and, and, and … We stayed a few nights 50km out at a great roadhouse called Auski with powered sites, so we had aircon. Drove into Karijini where we spent the day walking at Fortescue Falls and then onto Fern Pool. Here we swam in amazing water holes. Fern Pool was something out of a dream, an absolute paradise hidden in the gorge. We checked out the Dales campground in the national park and Mike was up for a few more night in the Park.
Circular pool was incredible. First a steep climb down into the gorge where we saw lots of goannas. Two of them were fighting on the path directly infront of us. The pool was very cool and the water fall coming off the rocks was like a hot shower.
The next day we went to Oxer lookout, a great view to get a perspective on where the four gorges meet. Bumped into Margie and we all went on the Hancock Gorge walk. Wow!! what a great hike, starting with a long steep climb down into the gorge on ladders and rough steps. Once down the walk followed the creek bed. At times you had to swim through pools and other times a bit of rock climbing. As we got to the class 5 section (pretty hard!) you arrived at the spider walk. Here the gorge is so narrow that you straddle either side and use your arms and legs pressing on the wall to move though. Alternatively you side down on your bum as it is dangerously slippery and scramble over some boulders. Tom used the bum sliding technique. The walk ends when you reach Kermit’s pool and can’t go any further without a guide and rock climbing gear (class 6, bloody hard). The pool was very deep and we had heaps of fun jumping from the ledges. Margie was determined to overcome her fear of heights and with some encouragement, did a jump. Good on ya Margie! We meet up with Nicki and Les, a Tassie couple and their son, Jordan. They were camped next to us at Dales and Bryce and Jordan had a ball sliding down the Spider Walk into Kemit's Pool.
We all enjoyed a great evening together having a drink and chatting. The walks in this national park were steep, more challenging and more fun than any we have been on so far, this would be a great girls (or guys) adventure trip.