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Murchison River Gorge - Day 6

Murchison River Gorge Index

Trapped Bird


The group set off at 08:30 the next morning, heading Northwards and crossing the river back and forth by hopping across rock fields. Read more

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Murchison River Gorge - Day 5

Murchison River Gorge Index

The Group Splits


The group had decided to split into two groups of two to tackle this particular section of the gorge - one group was to continue along the Z-Bend section of the gorge with floatpacks (as there was no way to continue walking along the ledges along this section), whereas the other group was to walk to the next food drop and rejoin the other two at 4-Ways. I decided to take the 'dry route' and head inland predominantly because of all the sensitive electronic equipment that I was carrying with me.

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Murchison River Gorge - Day 4

Murchison River Gorge Index

A New Day Dawns


It was a beautiful morning when we broke camp, with clear skies, and an absolutely still, mirror-like river. It felt a little chilly at first since the river still lay deep in the gorge's shadow, but I didn't really notice it too much with the delightful twittering and the chirping of the birds that surrounded me. The Sun left the gorge basking in its warm radiance as it rose higher in the sky, dispelling any chills that still remained. This soft, almost lateral sunlight helped to accentuate the shapes of the rocks and boulders, with their long shadows, the light reflecting off the pools of water, causing the algae in the water to seem to almost glow with a green sheen and bringing out a little shimmer in the sandstone.

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Murchison River Gorge - Day 3

Murchison River Gorge Index

River Crossings


We set off at 09:10 that morning and quickly found that we were forced to backtrack a little in order to cross the river, as the riverbank up ahead proved to be impassable. The backtrack was just a short walk along the sandy bank, and with a little rock hopping, we safely found ourselves on the other side.

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Murchison River Gorge - Day 2

Murchison River Gorge Index

The Gorge


It must have rained throughout the night as the air felt moisture-laden as we packed up camp that morning. After a while, the sun peaked out from the clouds and the warm rays seemed to sweep away any residue of the lingering morning dew that was left. It didn't take long for the remaining clouds to dissipate, leaving a clear azure sky in their wake, perfectly reflected in the mirror-like water of the still river.

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Murchison River Gorge - Day 1

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Hardabout Pool


The trip began with a long, 573km drive from Perth. The group had brought two cars, with the first departing slightly earlier so as to be able to stop at various points along the route that were accessible by road. The whole point of this was to be able to leave food drops at hidden locations in the bush (that were then waypointed) so that they could be collected along the way. I chose to carry all my provisions for the entire hike as I personally felt that food drops made things a little too convenient. Read more
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Murchison River Gorge

Murchison River Gorge – Day 1 - Hardabout Pool
Murchison River Gorge – Day 2 - Onwards
Murchison River Gorge – Day 3 - Hawk's Head
Murchison River Gorge – Day 4 - Little Z
Murchison River Gorge – Day 5 - 4-Ways
Murchison River Gorge – Day 6 - The Loop

The Murchison River Gorge Hike


The Murchison River Gorge is a spectacular riverine gorge that can be found in Kalbarri National Park in Mid-West Western Australia. The 80 kilometre-long gorge has been carved out by the mighty Murchison river, the second-longest river in Australia, as it meandered over millions of years towards the end of its (currently) 780 kilometre journey, just before swerving towards the township of Kalbarri and the Indian Ocean.

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