Emma Gorge

DSC_0773As I gathered the photos for this blog post, I realised that there is less then a week of trip travels left to blog about!  This combined with the fact that Karen Camper was driven away by somebody else last week, (she sold only 2 days after we listed her on Gumtree!) means I am feeling a little sad that our trip really is coming to a very ‘official’ end.  I am reminding myself though, that as my mum-in-law Gayel said to me last week, “if you hold on to one adventure too long, you will never have another”, and she is exactly right.

Ok, so now just a little entry about the beautiful Emma Gorge.  After we packed up and followed the grader out of El Questro Station

Following the grader out of El Questro Station - very dusty!

Following the grader out of El Questro Station – very dusty!

we headed about half an hour down the road to Emma Gorge, which is also still a part of the El Questro Wilderness Park.  There is no camping at Emma Gorge, but there is a lovely resort with tented cabins, a restaurant and big swimming pool.  We arrived there at about 8am and quickly headed off to walk in to the Gorge to try and beat the heat.  It was a pretty tough walk in and seemed to take us forever, but it was probably only a bit over an hour in.  The kids did really well again, managing the rocky path and the boulder hopping/scrambling that is required just before you get to the waterfall at the end of the gorge.

The view of the gorge at the start of the walk in

The view of the gorge at the start of the walk in

A nice cool spot to rest about half way in

A nice cool spot to rest about half way in

Kids were pretty tired here

Kids were pretty tired here

Off we go again!

Off we go again!

The beautiful swimming hole and waterfall at the end was worth the walk in!  We all were hot and sweaty so stripped right off, jumped in and got the biggest shock – the water was FREEZING cold!!  We had been given the hot tip however, to head over to the rocks on the right where a lovely warm spring was so we all huddled in there.  We were even lucky enough to have the place to ourselves for a little while!

We made it!

We made it!  Not a lot of water coming over the falls but still really pretty!

Really beautiful - water cascading over the rocks

Really beautiful

Me having a swim - I had to force myself because it was very cold!

Me having a swim – I had to force myself because it was very cold!

It was very rocky (sharp rocks) at the waterhole - we would have been better to wear our reef shoes for the walk in.

It was very rocky (sharp rocks) at the waterhole – we would have been better to wear our reef shoes for the walk in.

Fealy Family at Emma Gorge

Fealy Family at Emma Gorge

This was our final stop along the Gibb River Road and definitely one we wouldn’t have missed!!  Has anybody else visited Emma Gorge on their travels?  Did you like it?

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6 thoughts on “Emma Gorge

  1. Beautiful part of the world! I visited it a long long time ago with my family when we travelled around Australia. I’m not sure if it was here or at another place along the Gibb River Rd, but Dad had an inflatable boat he put me and 2 of my siblings in, and he swam with Mum and my older brother – carrying the boat over the more rocky parts!! Might have to dig my scrapbook out 😉

  2. Agree it was a challenging walk in, with kids grumbling ‘how much further’, but absolutely worth it. Back at the resort we rewarded ourselves with excellent cappuccinos and the another swim in the resort pool!

  3. “If you hold on to one adventure too long, you will never have another” – well said. 🙂 Your kids are very luck to be experiencing all the natural beauty around them at such a young age.

  4. Oh how fun the Gibb River Road looks… What spectacular photos!

  5. Popping in from Blog with Pip, Emma Gorge is such a lovely spot, I loved El Questro. Loved the Kimberley fullstop.

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