Day 4 – Skull Springs to Carawine Gorge

For some, the ‘instant’ change/shower tent is the bane of their existence when camping. Depending on the variety they are extremely simple, virtually folding themselves, or so complicated as to be a source of great amusement for onlookers watching a hapless adventurer trying to  control it back into its cover. We will convert this annoying feature to a competition in the future.

Before leaving our campsite we took the opportunity to drive down to Skull Springs.



Leaving Skull Springs we worked our way further along the Skull Springs Road. It eventually intersects the Woodie Woodie Road but nine kilometres before that we turned into Running Waters, also known as Eel Pool. This was our planned stop last night.

Running Waters is one of a number of great swimming holes on the Oakover River. The track into the swimming hole was washed out – a challenge that Eugene couldn’t resist.

A short walk brought us to one of those wonders of the Outback – a permanent swimming hole.

Time to head to Carawine Gorge.

From Running Waters, Skull Springs Road continues east to the bitumen Woodie Woodie Road but we chose to turn west (back along the track we had followed in) and then head north on the Upper Carawine Gorge track.

There was nothing to see at Upper Carawine Gorge so we continued on, crossing the Oakover River.



From the river crossing it is about eight kilometres to the sealed Woodie Woodie Road.

The rough track and spectacular scenery continued.

Out of the valley the track is dotted with mesa and other spectacular formations as it winds its way across open plains between the Oakover River and the Gregory Range.

When contending with gutters, washouts, dips, sharp, flinty rock and other potentially vehicle-damaging challenges back in the dust of the convoy, I could not help but note the incongruity of the call over the radio of –  “I’ve turned onto bitumen”.

The rough track we were on intersects with the sealed Woodie Woodie Road, near two distinctive hills known as Two Sisters.

It was then bitumen all the way to Carawine Gorge turnoff.  Our road trip for the day finished at the Gorge – at the end of a 14 kilometre, twisting, turning track, with a few reverse camber bends.

The camping/picnic area is deep, coarse river gravel.  We found a good spot with shade for most of our vehicles and set up comfortable camps.

We were at Carawine Gorge for lunch and dinner.

The contenders in the Damper Competition were Scott and Helen and Nick and Carrie.

Go to Day 5 – Carawine Gorge to Dales Gorge, Karijini