King George River

After waiting for the high tide to leave Glycosmis Bay, we were able to sail down to the King George River mouth. We had heard the sand banks at the mouth of the river had shifted from previous years thus negating the accuracy of the entrance waypoints we had. The dinghy was deployed to find the deepest channel – bingo! Shallowest depth was 1.2m – heaps of water! We anchored just inside the mouth for the night, ready to meander along the river over the next few days…

Only the beginning of the spectacular scenery...
Only the beginning of the spectacular scenery…

 

This was our meandering…

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We motored to the end of the river where during the wet season the twin falls thunder down, leaving the whole basin in a cloud of mist. At this point of the season, it was quite dry…

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The kids named the falls (dry) Ricky (left) and Rocky (right).
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Wow. All we could say.

 

We found a suitable depth to anchor nearby and found the rock scramble to the top of the plateau, with a promise of some freshwater pools and a swim at the top.

The 'Gremlin Box' - halfway along the scramble to the top of the falls. Give whatever you have, and don't take a thing - or you inherit the Gremlin!
The ‘Gremlin Box’ – halfway along the scramble to the top of the falls. Give whatever you have, and don’t take a thing – or you inherit the Gremlin!
Well done everyone! You can just see Gonyonda anchored down below...
Made it! You can just see Gonyonda anchored down below…
Proud of the kids. So many hikes - little troopers.
Proud of the kids. So many hikes – little troopers.
Not quite the amount of freshwater owing to the lack of wet season. But after that climb - it was move over algae and slime - we're in!
Not quite the amount of freshwater owing to the lack of wet season. But after that climb – it was move over algae and slime – we’re in!

 

The next day was Freya’s birthday – and what a better way to spend it than climbing to the top of a water fall – east arm of the King George – and have a swim in the freshwater pools at the top!

Up we go! About a 30m climb. The kids were in their element. Ropes put there by the Aus Navy - not a bad spot to have to exercise.
Up we go! About a 30m climb. The kids were in their element. Ropes put there by the Aus Navy – not a bad spot to have to exercise.
Looking down from the top. Apparently a 4m croc lives at the bottom of this fall.
Looking down from the top. Apparently a 4m croc lives at the bottom of this fall. First place in a while that we saw any other boats.
'The Spa' as named by the kids.
‘The Spa’ as named by the kids. Edge of the fall and gorge behind.
Larger pool at the top
Larger pool at the top
Stefan. Ready to jump. Role modelling again...
Stefan. Ready to jump. Role modelling again…
Where is he?
Bommie!

 

It was a spectacular day. What an amazing place. So much to explore. Take the dinghy into a small gap in the rocks and you could come across this…

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Just a little alcove
Opens up into a cool freshwater gorge
Opens up into a cool freshwater gorge
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Head of the gorge. Most probably a fall in the wet.

 

After 4 amazing days, it was time to push on. Back to the mouth of the river to await the tide, and the next adventure…

Barra, Barra, where art thou?
Barra, Barra, where art thou?

One thought on “King George River

  1. Hi Mariko! I’m reviewing some of your past blogs and King George River was where we finally met you! In Gantheaume Bay, Broome, we learnt of a family travelling on a catamaran somewhere ahead of us,…..we saw your tag inside the swimming tank in Silver Gull Creek but we seemed to always be trailling you. I actually saw that 4m croc you mentioned and was too frightened to get out and climb up to the water hole. Ahhh, the memories……. 😉

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