Gorge National Park: a wealth of natural and cultural heritage
We headed off on the start of
our grand tour around OZ on Friday 30th May, leaving from Rod's dad's
place at Helensvale on the Gold Coast after a week of final preparation
on the caravan, which saw the stone guard fitted and a Hayman Reese load
levelling hitch installed.
We headed out via the Darling Downs, to
Toowoomba and west up through Dalby, Chinchilla, Miles and Roma...camping
the first night at a roadside repeater station about 25 km east
of a place called Injune.The next morning as we travelled through
Injune, a sign directing to "Mt Moffatt" caught our eye.
We later found that this icon is within the Carnarvon Gorge National
Thousands of years ago, the
Gorge was the home of a number of indigenous groups called the Canarvons.
It features lots of interesting
natural and cultural sites, lots of walking (love walking!) over hills,
streams, gullies and rocks...but most of all, beautiful scenery and fascinating
ancient Aboriginal rock art.
Camping is not allowed in the
National Park and we were forced to stay at the Carnarvon GorgeTakkarakka
Bush Resort, right on its fringe.
It proved to be something of
a mecca for the grey nomads and was a happy, friendly place.
It had well catered communal
cooking area set up with gas cookers, sinks, tables and chairs and proved
to be a pivotal area for get togethers each night for those socially inclined.
Rod found it all a bit too social
and claustrophobic though and yearned for a bush camp...away from the
Within close walking distance
of the resort were numerous nature trails and a platypus pond. I saw many
varieties of birds and butterflies...and my first brown snake.