Back onto the
The road headed down the hill and along to the
After turning in to El Questro, we drove through some hills then crossed the Pentecost once again near the El Questro Resort.
This section of road was quite corrugated, but is was being graded while we were there.
We chose ‘private’ riverside bush camping at El Questro, and although the Pentecost River is still in crocodile country, with shallow water flowing across the rocks should a crocodile venture this far upstream there is a good chance you would see him coming. It is not advisable to swim in deeper pools at all. Someone had cut steps into the river bank leading down to the water and to a small ‘bath’ built from rocks in the middle of the river. A very pleasant spot to sit and cool down in the flowing water.
This bumpy boab tree was near our camp, and the background hill just across the river is Saddleback Ridge which glowed orange in the setting sun each evening.
There are a number of self guided drives, walks and guided tours available at El Questro. We chose to do a few of the self guided drives and walks during our three day stay. Leaflets on these drives and walks are available at the shop.
We were looking towards where the Durack and Pentecost meet and form the estuary which flows through the narrow Gut to form the West
Arm, from where it continues north and enters the
We met some station cattle near the
To the east of the
Nearby, the Remarkable Rocks are conglomerate clusters which are very different to the layered sandstone found throughout the area. The track weaves through the clump of rocks.
At this point, many turn back and return to the road via the same track. We continued the loop on a lesser used four wheel drive track which has one steep entry and exit creek crossing.
Next morning we visited Zebedee Springs, where a short walk from the car park through a creek line with lush livistona palms lead to a series of waterfalls with small pools at their base.
The water is warm and the temperature of each cascade varies from hot to cool.
In the cool of the morning, people chose a warm rock pool to sit in, or to feel the pounding pressure of hot water from a cascade.
Option 7 Donohue and Plenty Highways, the Tanami Road plus Gibb River Road to Windjana Gorge then back to Great Northern Highway and to Broome 5,066 kilometres:
For a full outback dirt road experience including the beauty of the Kimberley, this is the ultimate drive. When travelling these roads, reduce tyre pressure and drive slowly. With a heavy rig, we found 25 psi cold was the best compromise on tyre pressures for these corrugated roads.
For those approaching from the East, the Gibb River Road is sealed to the El Questro turn-off. This was done subsequently to our visit.
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