Ah bliss, a quiet night –apart from the flapping annexe as the wind ripped through spasmodically. No trains, no trucks, no generators, only stars.
Our start was later today, about 6:00 & we headed for a swim at Circular Pool. There was quite a climb down the rocks but some volunteers had worked on the track and a lot of it was stepped. We had the pool to ourselves for about 45mins & it was fantastic. I could feel my inner core cooling. When others arrived we took the walk back along the gorge floor to Fortescue Falls & had another swim there but we had to share the space that time. After that we went back to the Lookout above Circular Pool & it was quite a sight looking down where we’d been.
Today has been a lot cooler, thank goodness. The gorges are beautifully cool and calm but the campsites are up on a plateau and as an ex-neighbour described it, “arid”, bare of shelter for us and blasted by winds. We decided to spend some time in the cool, sheltered Visitors’ Centre which is a fantastic iron building –not corrugated- untreated, thick steel plate that is rusting into the same colours as the ground around it. It has lovely curves and is based on the structure of a goanna with the head representing the future and the tail the past.
Lots of TopKnot Pigeons (probably really Spinifex Pigeons) have just come to visit and are walking past our feet, from the colour they probably can’t tell it’s not the ground.
We think tomorrow we’ll have a look at Weano Gorge then go to Tom Price & a lawn site.