Mount Barnett Roadhouse is one of the few places on the Gibb River Road where fuel can be purchased and where food supplies can be topped up, at a price. However given that the nearest town is over 300km away travellers are lucky to have anything at all. Unleaded fuel was $2.15 per litre, and diesel was $2.09. Mount Barnett is also the gateway to Manning Gorge, one of the highlights of the Gibb.
On the way to Mount Barnett we detoured to look at Barnett River Gorge. Perhaps we didn’t look far enough but all we found was the Barnett River. Attractive as it was, it wasn’t a gorge, so we continued on to Mount Barnett.
|A patch of boab trees|
|The road in left a bit to be desired|
|The Barnett Range|
|Crossing the Barnett River|
Manning Gorge turned out to be all that we expected, and some that we didn’t. First was the swimming hole, officially known as the lower gorge. It is the best we have seen on the Gibb – enormous and ringed with trees and pandanus. It also has a tinny on a continuous rope to take people across the water to begin and end the Gorge walk. The tinny has a small hole in the bottom to add to the effect, so a water crossing by boat is never completely dry.
|The lower gorge early in the morning|
|The tinny to ferry us across the water|
|David working the ropes|
|Setting off on the walk|
|Rock art on the Gorge walls|
|We made it!|
|Manning Gorge is a beautiful and popular spot|
|On the way back, David having a rest|
|Believe it or not, there is a path through that jumble of rocks|