We were hoping to visit Carnarvon Gorge, but due to a bush fire that section of Carnarvon National Park was closed. Instead we decided to visit a more remote section of the park to the West.
According to the National Parks Website, the road in is 4 wheel drive only and not suitable for caravans, so we left the caravan in Tambo, packed a bit of food in the car and had our first night out in the tent.
While we didn’t have the comforts of the caravan it was fun to be out in the open looking at the stars through the tent. The camping area was alongside the Nogoa River, which had clear spring fed water and was a delight for a swim – a nice alternative to the caravan’s shower to get the dust off at the end of the day.
Prior to setting up camp we explored further into the National Park on a sandy 4WD track along a valley that was first explored by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1846 – one of the earlier inland explorers. There are some significant springs in the area releasing up to 50 liters per second into the Nogoa River. Unfortunately there seems to be a rather large number of cows in the area that are starting to mess some areas up a bit. Hopefully the rangers will get them under control otherwise it will have to be renamed Cownarvon National Park. Already, we probably saw more cows per km. there than we have on any of the cattle stations we have traveled through.
In the morning we were up early (the mozzies sent us to bed by 8 the previous evening) so we took advantage of the cooler weather to do a couple of walks to view points. In one case to see a remarkable hole in the sandstone cliffs called Spyglass Peak.
The park and surrounding areas also featured some interesting vegetation: bloodwood trees (below), bottle trees (below with view of the Salvator Rosa Range behind) and some remarkable shrubs growing on Homoranthus Hill (next to Maddy above). While we thought they might therefore be Homoranthus, after looking at pictures of Homoranthus on the Internet, it appears not. S