Escarpements and gorges – 1st stop on the Gibb.

WP_20140730_001Our 1st official stop on the Gibb was El Questro but it’s not the real deal!! You don’t even have to hit the dirt to get there so it’s very much the tourist mecca. Lots and lots of people, caravans, buses, tour groups and camper trailers. People with dogs, a man with a pet parrot and a lady with a black cat in a camper trailer!! All shapes and sizes and allsorts!!! But all that aside, the campground is really shady and that is always what you crave and it runs right beside the river although not much water flowing. The downside of shade is that you have to constantly move the solar panels to chase the sun! We’re never satisified!!

There was lots to see at El Questro and it really is in a beautiful location. It’s surround by spectacular escarpments as far as the eye can see. It’s pretty rare to be anywhere alone but we timed a walk into El Questro Gorge and got a beautiful refreshing swim in a waterfall pool to ourselves, if only for 15 minutes, it was heaven.
We also did the walk into Emma Gorge which was about an hour in (we are developing mountain goat muscles and abilities!!) to find the most amazing huge waterhole with waterfall. Just divine although as usual freezing water but we had a lovely swim. Always a reward after a hot walk but you can’t stay in the water for too long, hypothermia – seriously!!

We also took one of the 4wd tracks, complete with 2 deep water crossings about half a metre deep into Explosion gorge. There was a few people there but for some reason the track down to the river was closed but that didn’t stop the crazy fishing carseldines! We climbed down the rocks with the rods and morning tea and had the place to ourselves. It’s a bit hairy when there’s no human footprints on the sandy beach – just animal tracks – but we trudged on and hoped it all ended well! Absolutely divine spot and very surreal to have it to ourselves for some lure flicking from the rocks and just soaking up the serenity.

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El questro locals, what's with donkey's here!!
El questro locals, what’s with donkey’s here!!

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the road into el questro
the road into el questro

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view from Branco's lookout over El Questro
view from Branco’s lookout over El Questro

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the "road" to Explosion gorge
the “road” to Explosion gorge
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explosion gorge

On the way into el questro gorge
On the way into el questro gorge
El questro gorge swim
El questro gorge swim

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Emma gorge
Emma gorge
emma gorge
emma gorge

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Doing it tough after the Emma gorge walk. Yumm!!!
Doing it tough after the Emma gorge walk. Yumm!!!

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