|Only just low enough to cross !|
and then followed the winding road further up into some beautiful country. This was to be an exploratory trip, to decide if it was worthwhile coming back and spending some time there, kayaking or rafting. We approached from the western side oft he river, through the private property called "The Gorge" , rather then on the western side via "Wavehill Station".
The country was incredibly green, the colour almost luridly vibrant
The drive slowly snakes further and further up the river, with glimpses of the river around nearly every corner, along with some wonderful River Red Gums
|Massive river red gums|
|Old power pole on it's last legs|
After speaking to the properties owner, we parked the Ute and started the hike up the river, it's only about 3 - 4 km up . The "track" follows the river up at the bottom of the high bank, river left and is a partly obscured cow track, a little difficult to follow in places but it get's you there.
You pass numerous massive fig trees,
|Fig trees lining the cow track you follow up the Rv|
Eventually you come around the corner, spying Rainbow Falls, the last of the falls (numbered coming down the river)
We knew we would be doing a few water crossings, so Toni was keen to try her Vibram Fivefingers out on a true hike
|Toni stepping out in her" Fivefingers" !|
There was plenty of fauna, the highlight being two wedgetail eagles and a huge goanna, as well as interesting flora
|Fungi on a log|
After the walk back, we jumped in the river to cool down with another swim, then headed back out home, coming back out onto the Gwydir Hwy, before Jackadgery.
There are plenty of paid camping spots right beside the river, as well as a cottage to hire f you're looking for something a little more salubrious and they will even arrange to take you up the river in a small boat if you're so inclined.
Well worth the trip, next time we need to take the rafts !