The next morning came and we packed up our gear. We were taking off towards Broome once again, with one final hike and swim in Karijini. This time we’d be visiting the majestic Fortescue Falls in the Dales Gorge.
After our filling lunch we ventured out for the afternoon – this time in pursuit of Weano and Hancock Gorges. Of first gorge of the afternoon would be Weano Gorge.
Bright and early the next morning saw us descending into our second gorge in Karijini – this time it was down to Knox Gorge. We’d be spending the entire morning here, hiking and swimming.
This was the primary reason I was on this tour. Karijini National Park.
For our day in Exmouth we had a free day, though all of us opted to join in the guided activity – head out to Turquoise Bay for a day relaxing in the sun and surf. As expected the scenery was once again sublime.
We had spent the night in the small coastal town of Coral Bay. We had traveled over 1200km but were not even 1/2 the way to Broome. But the long distance driving would have to wait for a few days now – Coral Bay and nearby Exmouth were our destinations for the next 3 nights.
I don’t know if place names get much sillier than ‘Monkey Mia’. It just sounds dumb. And very touristy. The actual history behind the name isn’t fully know.
It was indeed a very touristy place (existing really for one big reason, which I’ll get to), but also a very pretty place. And when you are up before 6am, it’s also a very quiet place.
After an early breakfast we set out for the day, this time making the short drive to nearby Kalbarri National Park (Australia has a ton of National Parks!). Here we would be spending our entire morning hiking and exploring Kalbarri, notable for some nice gorges. It was proving to be another stellar weather day.
Our first taste was the Z-Bend section of the Murchison Gorge…named because I guess it looks like a Z from above.