As we weave our way through tall open forest the Guy Fawkes River valley is visible to our right; its huge, yawning expanse contains thin pockets of morning mist but what I'm looking for down there are the wide riverside flats. They have me dreaming of a lazy afternoon sitting on a clear grassy bank, sipping a warm cup of tea, soaking up sunshine. But, we have only just left the car park and the river is a long way away. As usual, I'm getting ahead of myself.
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Location: Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia Guy Fawkes River National Park, The Gulf NSW 2365, Australia
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
The river is a water green snake sliding across grey rock and it lies far down in the bottom of a steep sided gorge: scree slopes and bare cliffs tower either side. The landscape dwarfs us as we pick our way along the crumbling gorge rim. Down there amongst the boulders, around the next corner, through the deep pools, lies The Inaccessible Gulf.
And, with a name like that, who wouldn't want to try to get in for a closer look.
Location: Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia Wollomombi Falls Road, Hillgrove NSW 2350, Australia