Saturday, August 29, 2009
Manning Gorge, The Kimberley - 22nd August 2009
Manning Gorge is located midway along the Gibb River Road, near the Mt Barnett Roadhouse (the only place with petrol right on the road). This means that unless people are doing the full road, usually with a 4WD, they don't visit it, leaving it uncrowded for those of us that do. Next to the campsite is a lovely waterhole for swimming, complete with inner tubes to float in, a lovely way to end a hot day of driving. By wading or swimming across the waterhole (with belongings floating in a polystyrene box) and walking 45 minutes, you get to the Manning Falls, another beautiful spot. We are the first arrivals early in the morning, and go for a lovely, peaceful swim before more people arrive, some of them jumping into the deep pool from high up on the rocks, which David joins in.