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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Look Out Holiday Snaps!

Hello everyone. I hope you are all well. I have had a very restful and restorative time camping in the beautiful Carnarvon Gorge in central Queensland. I have missed you all and often thought oh can't wait to share this or that with you all. So a warning that there are few photos. I took so many that I will split them up so you aren't too bored! It is truly a magical place. Even thought they are in drought Carnavon Creek continues to flow fed by artesian springs. So it is truly an oasis up in the gorge. Mother Nature managed to enchant us every day. We were camped so close to the creek we could hear it bubbling over the rocks.
We saw several of the resident platypus here but they are so quick it was hard to get any decent photos of them. The escarpments are just awe inspiring.
 This is just one of many. All through the park are the Carnarvon Fan palms which grow to huge heights and give the whole place that tropical oasis feel.
We did a lot of bush walking and did a 14kms round trip on one walk out to what is known as the Art gallery. I was tempted to fib and say I never complained once but couldn't do it.....I complained a LOT on the way back. The Art gallery was just beautiful and a very special place and so worth the sore feet after.

We crossed lots of creeks along the way...
We fell in love with Ward's Canyon and full expected some Hobbit like characters to make themselves known. It is also the only place where Australia's King Fern still grows.
It was such a secluded secret place, I just loved it.
We branched off to visit the Ampitheatre which was amazing....
and inside you discover this...
The acoustics are wonderful and much to Mr R's disgust I had to chant a couple of Om's!
I will show you some more next post if you can bear it but I would like to finish by showing you how I spent my birthday....
I had a flight over the gorge in a helicopter with the very handsome Canadian pilot Drew. Oh and Mr R. came as well!
It was simply spectacular to see another part of the gorge from above and a part that is not accessible on foot. Mr R. is still in shock that I took myself off and booked it for us and actually did it!
And an Aussie Country pub lunch to cap it off.
A great big thank you to everyone for all your Birthday wishes. I appreciated every one. I have some more goodies to share with you but they deserve their own post so I will do that later.
If you are still with me I hope you will come back for the next installment as I really want to share some of our holiday neighbours. It is lovely to be back but I have to admit to missing the stillness and peace of the bush.
Namaste and Blessings,
Michelle xxx

30 comments:

  1. Oh thank you for taking me along again. Keep those pic's coming as I just love them! Welcome home... :)

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  2. Great photos Michelle.... lovely to see you back too.

    Helen

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  3. What a wonderful trip! Of course we want to see more pictures, and hear more of your adventures. You were missed, though.

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  4. Thank you for those pics - it's a place I have never been, so it is very interesting to see! You can keep that helicopter ride though, I'm happier on terra firma.

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  5. Lovely photos Michelle. Look forward to more.

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  6. I loved each and every photo Michelle...such gorgeous shots.....told you I would ..... and can't wait for the rest. Is there a photo of the cute Drew? LOL Can see why you wanted to go....such beautiful scenery from up there. Welcome back! xoxo sugary hugs
    Wendy :o)

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  7. Wow, what a magic place! A perfect birthday.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your photos. They brought back lots of happy memories for me. We camped in the gorge about 4 years ago and also did the 14k walk. It sure is a tricky walk but well worthwhile. The Art Gallery is spectacular.

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  9. Absolutely fantastic Michelle. What a neat way to recharge the batteries and a perfect way to spend your birthday!

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  10. so wonderful Michelle... missed you lots but glad you had such a good time....
    Hugz

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  11. Hi Michelle, we have missed you. What a great birthday trip, to somewhere I have never seen. Camping by the creek sounds lovely, and it is wonderful you saw platypus in the wild - Wow! 14km to trek to the Art Gallery was a big ask - look forward to seeing more pictures of your hols. xxx

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  12. How beautiful..that's it! I'm going to start saving my pennies for a visit to your beautiful corner of the world. What a remarkable way to spend your birthday.

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  13. Absolutely beautiful thanks you for the pics and the journey.

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  14. Beautiful photos Michelle. What a magical place. Glad you had a wonderful birthday - what a way to spend it. We did miss you though

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  15. I've always wanted to go in a helicopter but too big a chicken so thanks for the opportunity. Glad you had a wonderful time it looks fabulous..

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  16. Happy birthday Michelle. Looks like a beautiful and idyllic place to celebrate.

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  17. What a beautiful place to spend some time. And it looks like you had a very exciting birthday.
    Happy Birthday.

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  18. What a beautiful place. Have friends up there now.

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  19. wow Michelle thankyou for sharing such beautiful pics,what a beautiful place,and boy you were game getting in a helicopter,lol.xx

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  20. Wonderful photo's. Glad to see you back. Hugs,xx

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  21. Gosh Michelle, I really enjoyed seeing where you have spent your birthday & all your pics today - thanks so much. Just beautiful scenery, & it looks very mild & warm over there. Belated birthday wishes also x0x0

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  22. Gorgeous place! Lots of exercise to be had on these types of holidays. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I must be 'odd' because I love holiday snaps and especially of places I love......have been to Carnarvon Gorge a couple of times.....it is a beautiful place and left a lasting memory with me. Happy belated birthday!

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  24. Best way to spend a birthday ever!

    Not being one for hiking or any exercise at all really Im happy to admire all the scenery from your pictures and pretend I did the walk with you. It looks like a fabulous place.

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  25. welcome back from your holiday!
    amazing pics. Boy you put some exercise in getting to these wonderful places.

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  26. Amazing photo's Not boring at all xx

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  27. Happy birthday. This looks amazing! Will put it on my bucket list.

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  28. Wonderful photos as usual Michelle.

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