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Carrawine Gorge - Day 20

Just the three of us


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We decided to spend another day at the pool and said goodbye to two of the group who needed to head home. This of course left the remainder of us in charge of the dunny!
First up we went and checked out an area which showed glacial action. The pavements of rocks glistened in the sunshine showing clearly the scratch marks left by the glacier when it retreated 320 million years ago. Needless to say the geologists amongst us were in heaven. It's hard to believe as one bakes out in this country with its variety of red baked spinifex - covered earth and the very flat countryside dotted with the occasional outcrop, that you are standing in country that has experienced glacial and volcanic activity. 20180716_095603.jpg20180716_100959.jpg20180716_095527.jpg
On the way back to camp we took a detour and drove along the length of the lagoon. At the far east end the camping grounds have a less harsh environment with grassy edges leading into the water and a couple of tiny islands where the resident pelicans reside. It is here that most of the caravans reside, less gravel and dust. There are a greater number of red gums trees that survived the 2006 cyclone and thus a tad more shade. It's only when you get closer to the west side do you see the devastation caused and the remaining trees are small or dead and partly chain-sawed.20180716_110811.jpg
In the afternoon we decided to go to a place recommended by another - Running Water. On arrival we decided to walk the remaining hundred odd metres as the road ran into the creek bed and one had to decide whether the car deserved such punishment. Several cars had ventured in and put up tents or vans but we didn't think it was worth the possible damage just for a day visit. 20180716_150018.jpg20180716_143932.jpg20180716_144051.jpg20180716_144124.jpg20180716_144057.jpg
However the site was like a scene out of Harry Potter. The huge paperbarks had exposed roots that have been polished bronze over time and the dead matted floor of the mosses etc that formed the floor, combined with shallow ponds of water flowing towards the larger lagoon, gave the place a very primeval feel. We found the pond which had the hot water springs entrance and Mark bravely went in disturbing the large catfish that were circling in the rather clear blue water.20180716_145931.jpg
Tomorrow off to Marble Bar, not too far away so not such an early start.

Posted by Toot'speak 03:26 Tagged gorge running carrawine waters; glacial; Comments (0)

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