This was one of the main reasons we went through central Queensland. Great scenery, walking and serenity. There is one main walk through the middle of the gorge with side walks along the way. The walk from end to end and back again is 19kms (without any side walks). This we did on our first day. It was long, hot and at times tricky as we had to cross the creek 16 times. We made it mostly without falling in. The 2 last stops along the way were The Cathedral and a very narrow part of the gorge. Worth walking to (except when we realised we had to walk back). It felt like a very long walk and the cold drink at the end was well deserved and essential.
The side tracks were also interesting except that much of the walk was along the central walk we had already done. But each walk was enjoyable and different. And in the creek, there were platypus. (no photo).
34. Echidnas who think they are hiding by poking their nose in the ground
35. Communal kitchens
We stayed at Takkaraka, a camp/accommodation site just outside the national park. It was lovely. We cooked for ourselves in a communal kitchen and enjoyed the company of fellow travellers. One couple in particular were really interesting. They didn’t look like how they turned at to be – so it’s true we shouldn’t judge too quickly (if at all). They worked for a coal mining company (he did mine maintenance), she a self-employed consultant calculating the carbon cost of the mining process and transportation. I tentatively enquired about their thoughts on Adani. Without hesitation, they said they were dead against it and all coal mining. This did not please the gold coast couple who were also cooking with us. They were clearly LNP supporters and said that cities would just shut down if we reduced our reliance on coal. I did mention that Iceland was 100% renewable and Scandanavian countries were heading that way and their cities hadn’t collapsed. It was an interesting evening. They were the first people we met who were dead against coal mining. Interestingly, on the way to Carnarvon Gorge, we saw vast solar farms and some smaller wind farms.
36. People willing to talk about controversial issues and still be friendly
The photo above (describing the aboriginal art) was particularly interesting to us. Alex is working with the Aboriginal Research Centre at ANU while he is studying and is currently looking for aboriginal artefacts around the world and working to have them returned to their rightful place. It was great to let him know that this work is recognised.
37. Places where aboriginal history and culture is explicitly celebrated
38. Cold drinks after a long walk
We spent a lovely 4 days here. It was fantastic. While there we decided to change our plans again and we are now heading to Magnetic Island off Townsville for some island time. A glimpse of what’s to come…….