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Swagwomen go walking

Carnarvon National Park is a giant swathe of lush forest split down the middle by a bunch of very large sandstone canyons. According to the bloke at the Takarraka info centre, the sandstone is so porous that thousands of years worth of water continuously seeps through the canyon, feeding the Carnarvon river. So, years of drought haven’t affected the park at all and on all the surrounding properties the stock are fat and healthy.

Yesterday we walked for 20kms through these canyons and along the Carnarvon River. It took us about 8 hours, with a lengthy lunch stop and a 30 minute fruit-cake-and-Assam-tea stop. Explaining it doesn’t do it justice, but maybe these photos might.

Astonishingly, we packed enough food, snacks and beverages to feed a small hiking group. And there were no hiccups for the entire walk. Well, there was one point where I slipped on a slippery rock and face planted into mossy, ice cold gorge-water.

I also backed the car into a tree on our way back to camp. I consoled myself with the thought that it wasn’t another hiker’s car, or a roo. Both car and tree sustained only minor, superficial injuries.

Other than that, our adventure into Queensland’s wilderness went off without a hitch!

We’ve now had a complete change of pace, as Mum’s found a pub that’s playing AFL and serving lamb roast… I’ve lost her for the evening.

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Territory Bound

So Mum and I are off, Territory bound.

We’re like Thelma and Louise, except we’re in a 1996 Toyota hatchback which already has 155, 000 on the clock.

What’s another 4500 kms?

We’re in Brisbane, after spending two days in Byron with my old soul mate Lil, her family and her Swedish boyfriend Dre dog.

It was definitely a last hoorah for Lil and I – twiddle dee and twiddle dum – as we’re both embarking on relatively major adventures. I’m heading up to mingle in the sweaty top end, and she’s going to Sweden to freeze her tits off with tribal Nordic folk.

From Brisbane, our road turns inland for a couple of hours, and then north toward Carnarvon National Park, where hopefully we’ll get to trudge through spectacular gorges and rugged bush for a couple of days. I’ll get to be characteristically feral and Mum will get to try out our brand spanking new swags, which are squashed in the back of old mate Corolla.

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CheersThanksDanyabad

Thankyou to all those who supported this fundraiser for the victims of the Nepal earthquake.  We raised a massive $3000 for Rasuwa Relief, which is coordinating a number of reconstruction and relief programs in the Rasuwa and Langtang regions of Nepal. You can keep tabs on their progress through the Facebook page RASUWA RELIEF.

I hope you’re all enjoying being snug and warm in your pashminas this winter.

Cheers, Thanks and Danyabad!

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