Monday, April 21, 2014

Amalia Gorge - El Questro

 Some friends were heading out to El Questro on Easter Monday and asked if we wanted to go.  We were quick to answer YES!
 They were planning on doing the walk to Amalia Gorge.  We have been to El Questro before and done a lot of the walks, but we had never done this one.  Each time we'd come we were told not to bother about this walk as all the water had dried up or was stagnate. As we are here much earlier in the season, it's a great time to do this walk and going with friends makes it even better!
 Here's a little freshwater water croc.  We were told we had the choice at this spot to swim through the water with the croc there or shuffle along a narrow ledge where paper wasps are likely top attack you.  Not a great choice!!!
 Here all the kids are deciding if they should jump off the ledge into the water.  The croc is just on the other side.
 All our girls (and Chris and I too) decided it looked too fun to miss out on.  Here's Lucy making the jump in!
 The scenery on the walk up to the gorge was typical of the Kimberley......nothing short of spectacular!
 We loved that there were all these rock pools to swim in on our way up and on the way back.  Perfect to cool off in.

 Amalia Gorge
We made it to the gorge and were amazed at the sight before us.  I couldn't get a photo to capture the whole gorge and the sun was in a bad spot, but it was gorgeous.  Maybe even one of the best gorges we've seen (and we've seen quite a few!!)
 The water was really cold, but very refreshing.  The kids were straight in and swam across to the waterfall.
 All the kids that came on the walk.  We came out for the day with one family and met up with another family from church who were camping out here for the holidays.  A great day spent with friends.

 The fun continued on the way back down with plenty more jumping off rocks into beautiful waterholes.

 Back at the campsite at El Questro we had lunch and then found another great spot to swim and cool off.
Claire with her good friend Becky
We took a 4WD track up to a lookout over the Kimberley before heading home.

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