We continued on the Woolwagon pathway to the Kennedy Ranges. On the way we saw some interesting signs.
It was past the end of the season here and there was no longer a campground host so you were able to free camp in this national park at this time of year. It was also pretty hot and on our arrival. At 4pm it was 40deg C. We were only staying 1 night and we had 4 walks to do, so we headed first to Honeycomb Gorge and took the risk to do the short but lovely walk and then camped there the night. M
The Kennedy Range is an eroded Plateau about 160km from Carnarvon on the coast, in dry desert country. It’s harsh, hot and dry out here. 250 million years ago the whole area was a shallow ocean basin off the edge of the ancient Australian continent. The Range is what is left over of the land surface that elsewhere has been eroded away but here forms a mesa 75kms long and up to 25kms wide and 100mts high in places. The place is full of spectacular cliffs and gorges, eerie canyons, ancient marine fossils and strange honeycomb formations and what appears to be extruded lave. M
Well you would think that there would be no sleep camping with all the heat coming off this red rock after a 40deg day, but the wind came up and the CP5 is very well designed for flow through ventilation, so we slept quite well. We felt sorry for those in the campground sleeping in tents on the hot ground with no fans though . We got up with the sparrows and headed to the sunrise spot for breakfast. M
Next it was on to the Temple Gorge walk where Steve finally managed to find a new bird. Number 318! There was not such a good photo of the Chestnut Rumped Thornbill. It has been 4 weeks without a new one, so this was pretty exciting! M