Gibb River Road – Mt Elizabeth Station

5 06 2014
Mt Elizabeth Station

Mt Elizabeth Station

Traveling to our next WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) place we stopped in at Galvin Gorge.  Just a short walk takes you to an oasis of refreshing water yet again.  The Kimberley’s after the wet season is such a lush, vibrant, fertile place.

Swimming at Galvin Gorge

Swimming at Galvin Gorge

Mt Elizabeth Station is a working cattle station 30km off the Gibb River Road.  It is roughly 1/2 million acres holding approx 5000 head of cattle.  These operations are huge yet they work with limited staff and help.  With there own run way (as most outback stations seem to have) the mail arrives by air every Friday.  They even have their own official weather station which is checked every morning and updated into a government site on the internet every day.

Stephen worked on a bull buggy plus a few other bits and bobs.  The kids checked for eggs from the chickens every day, patted the horses, collected feathers from the peacocks and generally tried to stay away from Darcy the donkey who didn’t seem to like them much.  The donkey loved to try to enter the house garden and run a muck and seemed to think it was a dog.  The amount of wallabies was the most we had seen any where since Tasmania.  One even allowed you to hand feed it and sneak a pat.  Her name was Chloe.  Unfortunately while we were there her little joey disappeared – surely at the mouths of the many dingos that also inhabited the place.  Their howling at night was quite unnerving.

Out the back of the station down a 10km slow 4WD track we visited another beautiful gorge and water fall.  It was lovely swimming there at our own private water hole.  The area also boasts amazing aboriginal rock art.  It was a little scramble to find it but worth the effort.  As the sun was setting we felt an urgency to walk faster and get back to the car.  It was about a 40 minute walk each way.

While we were there the Gibb River Challenge arrived. They are a group of 400 people that do a HUGE fundraising effort, cycling the Gibb with donations going to the Royal Flying Doctors plus other organisations.  As part of their programme there was a corroboree organised for the evening.  It was our first corroboree we’d attended and we found it quite interesting.

Some chicks hatched and we had to save them from the goanna!

Some chicks hatched and we had to save them from the goanna!

weather station

weather station

Our camp before 400 other guests arrived :-)

Our camp before 400 other guests arrived 🙂

Ready for the corroboree

Ready for the corroboree

The Corroboree from Mowanjum Community

The Corroboree from Mowanjum Community

Darcy the donkey working with Stephen

Darcy the donkey working with Stephen

Matthew loving being behind the falls

Matthew loving being behind the falls

Mt Elizabeth gorge

Mt Elizabeth gorge

Sun setting … time to quickly walk back to the car!

Sun setting … time to quickly walk back to the car!

Feeding Chloe

Feeding Chloe

Love camp cooking

Love camp cooking

Feeding Chloe

Feeding Chloe

Rock art!

Rock art!

Blue Winged Kookaburra

Blue Winged Kookaburra

 

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5 06 2014
Gibb River Road - Mt Elizabeth Station

[…] By Hit the Track Mt Elizabeth Station Traveling to our next WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) place we stopped Source: Gibb River Road – Mt Elizabeth Station […]

5 06 2014
Lorna

Sounds like life is full & busy on an outback cattle station. It’s hard to imagine the sheer size of it! On a grey & drizzly Sydney day it’s a pleasure to share your pictorial journey into such fascinating places.
Love the make-up Chris! maybe you could start a new trend?
Blessings
L x

5 06 2014
Miriam Miles

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