In the red heart of the Western Australian outback where the earth is being torn apart to retrieve the abundant mineral riches that have lain buried for millennia, in an area called “The Pilbara”, can be found Karijini National Park. The rugged grandeur of the Gorges, it’s beautiful waterfalls and sparkling rock pools are in stark contrast to the surrounding bleak red, dusty landscape.
The few ghost gums line the dusty track, the dry grasses are tainted a blood-red. This is the start of the track to Weano Gorge.
The land opens before us and drops into the depths of some of Earth’s oldest rock formations (over 3 billion years old). Some of the world’s oldest surface rocks, including the ancient fossilised remains known as stromatolites and rocks such as granites are found here.
The vertical granite rock face towers above us as we carefully make our way along the base. The boulders are slippery.
It is a challenging tramp. We inch along ledges and squeeze through narrow slot canyons, with towering walls of banded iron rock rearing above us, we clutch at protruding rocks to keep our balance.
Look very carefully and you will see Jack’s backside disappearing around a rock just above the water line. Have you spotted him?
Now we have to wade along the edge of this pool, waist deep, feeling for submerged rocks, heading for that slot in the far wall. I am now getting way out of my depth.
As I reach this spectacular and unforgettable place I am in awe of the beauty that surrounds me.
Australia is a land of such contrasts and this is one of those special places that take some effort to reach, but once seen it will live in my memory for ever.
WP challenge this week, whether visually or emotionally, this week let’s dig (or dive) deep.