5- Walking Drysdale River
Where: DRYSDALE NATIONAL PARK - KIMBERLEY - WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Duration: 15 days
Highlights: Solea falls, Unique Aboriginal art sites, Gwion Gwion, walking in pristine land.
Language: The tour is originally in English
Day Exploration of the Drysdale River.
16 to 30 April 2022
15 Day Exploration of the Drysdale River in the Solea falls area. South of Solea Falls we will leave the rafts and start our 15 day exploration of the area on foot carrying packs. Those coming from Kununurra will take a seaplane to fly across the vast Kimberley to the Drysdale river.
Hidden in space and the past are the hypnotic Gwion Gwion figures, an ancient Aboriginal painting style describing a forgotten time of dancing and ceremonies.
We will then meet our sea plane for our return journey to Kununurra.
Duration: 15 days
The expedition starts early on the date nominated. We will meet the sea planes on lake Kununurra for our flight up to the Drysdale River. We will fly across the vast Kimberley to the Drysdale River National Park. It is a one hour seaplane flight.
Once we have landed, we will start our walk walking along the Drysdale river.
All food and supplies will be taken with us in the plane, there is no food drop. However, we won't have to carry all of our food, part of it will be stored in containers and picked up a little later.
We will be walking approximated 6 to 10 km per day. I plan to leave camp at 7am each morning. Our day will start early to avoid walking in the heat of the day.
We will try to arrive at the camp at the beginning of the afternoon. From then on, you can bathe and enjoy your free time while I prepare our 3 course dinner.
In June, it is the dry season, the days are warm and the nights can be pleasant, but they can also be cold. It may rain although it is unlucky.
At the end of the trip, a sea plane will take us back to Kununurra. We are generally picked up early in the morning but the departure time will be transmitted to us in the last days preceding our departure.
Sea Plane from Kununurra the Drysdale river
Sea Plane from the Drysdale river to Kununurra
Evening 3 course meal
Experienced guide with extensive knowledge of the area.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks
Accommodation at Kununurra
First night dinner in Kununurra
Farewell dinner in Kununurra
DRYSDALE RIVER DESCRIPTION
Drysdale River National Park is one of the least accessible national park in Australia. There are no public roads, no airstrips and no tracks so it is really appealing environment for the Notraces philosophy. The park is located in the North West corner of the remote West Kimberley. The Drysdale River flows through a pristine landscape of untouched landscape forgotten by the modern world. This is the kingdom of nature. The Park showcases vast tracts of Kimberley wilderness, and features open woodland, gorges, cliffs, waterfalls and the creeks of the Drydale River. Over 600 species of plants are known to exist within the park. About 30 of these are aquatic and swamp varieties. A variety of fauna also exist with in the park including 100 species of birds, wallabies, bats, sugar gliders and salt water crocodiles. The river is a succession of large lazy pools linked by long rapids. Hidden in space and the time are the hypnotic Gwion Gwion figures, an ancient Aboriginal painting style describing a forgotten time of dancing and ceremonies.
After landing on the Drysdale river, we pick up our packs and commence our 15 day exploration of the Solea Falls region. Day one, we walk along the Drysdale River to reach a flat rock camp at the cooling water's edge. Here you can try catching a fish or relax and take in the majestic surroundings.
Over the next week we will explore the Lower Drysdale in search of absolutely exceptional cultural sites. As I like to say, if these very ancient Rock Paintings had been painted in Europe, they would be known all over the world. It is a testimony of the past which should belong to the world heritage of humanity like the Chauvet and Lascaux caves in southern France.
During our transverse of the lands of the Ngarinyin and Miwa People we pass through the magnificent natural landscapes of the Drysdale River, its tributaries, rock formations and experience as it was to first human 65,000 years ago. The Solea Falls being the highlight of this area. We will take our time to fully enjoy these spectacular falls and the serenity it offers. Day 10 returns us near our first camp where you can enjoy a rest day or come with me very early in the morning, to pick our food we left behind on day one. Day 11 we continue our exploration following the course of another tributary of the Drysdale river and then return to our starting point.
This is a rugged wilderness, getting lost in the labyrinth of ravines is likely without the skill of your guide. With my knowledge of the area over the past 14 years, you can enjoy a relaxing walking know I have your safety and enjoying covered. If there is one region that is much better to explore with a guide, it is this one! ;)
This is our first bushwalk camp on the Drysdale. It is 7 km from the start of our expedition
On the first days, we will follow the long pools along the Drysdale river
If we are lucky, we will have the chance to see some harmless freshies (Crocodylus johnsoni)
Until we walked inland following the rivers to the Lower Drysdale
Swimming in pools or simply enjoying a natural shower
We will get back to the Drysdale, camping next to the water
Exploring the hills in search of the magnificent Aboriginal painting
...called Gwion Gwion (Tassel style on this picture).
This picture was taken in a public site on the Mitchell plateau. For cultural reason, I will not post any Gwion Gwion pictures taken on the Drysdale River.
Most of the walk will be along the Drysdale River
Along the way, we will reach Solea Falls
Swimming as much as possible!
Enjoying the sunset, listening to the birds singing, feeling the peaceful power of nature
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