What a great feeling it is to be thoroughly exhausted from doing some hard but rewarding physical activity! Karijini tip: get up at the crack of dawn to visit the gorges and not only will they be spectacularly lit by the early morning light, but you will have the place to yourself for an hour or so before the crowds arrive. I was the first person in the Weano area this morning and headed straight into Hancock Gorge. Absolutely magic! I even braved the freezing cold water for a swim. By the time I climbed out of the gorge the place was abuzz with other visitors. I visited the lookouts and walked to the top of Weano Gorge, but I’m saving the rest of the gorge for tomorrow morning when I can again explore in solitude. I rode over to Joffre Falls via the Eco Retreat and attempted to get my bike across the gorge, but failed. It would be possible with a light mountain bike but not my heavy tourer. The falls were beautiful and I had another super-refreshing swim. Back at camp I am showered, full of food and ready for sleep.

The ethereal magic of Hancock gorge

The ethereal magic of Hancock gorge

Accommodation $ Camping (Karijini Eco Retreat)
Distance ridden today 25.21km
Average cycling speed 14.1kph
Total distance ridden 4,760km