Down by the Water

Camping at Carnarvon Gorge, October 2020 ~ The Rock Pool

Carnarvon Creek is the lifeblood of the spectacular gorge it helped to create over the last 200 million years. Flowing north east through the gorge for more than 30 kilometres, the creek has only ever completely dried up twice in recorded history. Even in the most severe of droughts, a lush oasis flourishes inside the gorge.

The Rock Pool, located just inside the mouth of the gorge, is one of the most beautiful sections of the creek. Massive boulders slope steeply up from the water. Shaded by Carnarvon fan palms and stands of she-oaks, it is crystal clear.

Even here at the beginning of the gorge, white sandstone cliffs tower high above the bushland.

The walk to the Rock Pool is the shortest and easiest of all the walks in Carnarvon Gorge. A leisurely 300 metre stroll from the car park leads to not one but two deep pools of cool water.

Where the creek is narrow the water flows fast. Two sets of stepping stones cross the creek but it’s also shallow enough to wade over.

Further on where the creek widens the water is deeper and moves more slowly. The pools are the only places within the national park where swimming is allowed, but no one is tempted the day we’re there.

It seems a shame to disturb perfection.

Joining Jo for Monday Walks

37 thoughts on “Down by the Water

  1. A nice short one to get us started! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ (I can’t believe those Canadian temperatures- I’d have to hibernate πŸ™‚ ) Thanks, Carol! I have the feeling this place isn’t easy to photograph but is a delight to be in.

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  2. Carol, those are spectacular photos and the spot looks like heaven on earth. Wow. You should submit those photos for Terri’s Sunday Stills this week. The topic is favorite landscapes. If those aren’t some of your favorite landscapes… Well, I don’t know how it could get any better! πŸ™‚

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