Our last day here and we farewell Trish and Bryan. Thanks so much for joining us here – it really made the stay and the walking so much more fun!
On the day of the Big Walk we bypassed The Amphitheatre. I knew how amazing this was from my last visit and didn’t want Steve to miss it so we decided to do it before packing up to go (and our drive today wasn’t going to take us long). 10K return to the Amphitheatre. It’s a hidden opening in the rock. To get to it you climb a ladder (several actually) then go through a narrow cleft passage in the rock before it opens out to a beautiful enclosed amphitheatre, with a small spring-fed creek and lots of beautiful ferns.
The sky is visible only by looking directly up. With so few people here now we were blessed with seeing more kangaroos on the walk and down at the creek. A beautiful big Eastern Grey male was grazing on the path and let us get within a couple of feet before jumping off. Such a majestic animal.
Back to camp, packed Arty up and set off to Lake Nuga Nuga.
Lake Nuga Nuga was formed some years ago when the creek outlet was blocked. It flooded quite a lot of land and the existing trees there died. Not sure of the exact size of this lake but it looks to be a few kilometers in diameter and is surrounded by brigalow.
We’re here to see the bird life, to paddle around the lake in our inflatable kayak and to enjoy a couple of days of solitude, reading, relaxing, and re-organising the drawers now we’ve had time to use them for a few days.
The drive here was delightful with the Carnarvon Ranges to the west and the Expedition National Park ranges to the east. The road from the highway was pretty good – dirt, but well maintained … not surprising when we drove past the massive Santos Pipeline Project base! Once we turned into the Nuga Nuga Road though it deteriorated quickly, and we were warned that if it rained we wouldn’t get out.
We drove around and picked the best camping spot – across from a potential island when there’s more water in the lake and with views east and west to the lake (about 50 meters away in each direction). The easterly breeze coming over the lake was beautifully cooling, fortunately, as the temperature on the drive here was 33 – 34. We had the pick of any camp site we wanted, we’re the only ones here.
We did the minimalist setup of Arty – just flipped her open, opened the windows and pulled the awning out from the side of the car, took the chairs out and setup the gas stove. We think this is all we really need the majority of the time – and it took less than 15 mins, and we’re still new at it!
What remained of the afternoon was spent relaxing, enjoying wine o’clock as the sun set over the lake, and watching the birds. Steve has a Night Sky app on his iPad. We had fun identifying the stars and constellations with it before turning in for the night. Bliss!