The day started early at 5:30 o'clock again. But the advantage of this is that you have the chance of a beautiful sunrise. And the sunrises in the outback are always amazing. So my first step, you can imagine was to pick up my camera bag und to go to the beautiful cliff I have been in the evening yesterday. And I guessed the early sunset beams were setting it in a warm magnificent light.
After we have had our breakfast with fresh coffee and toasts fresh on our campsite always freshly prepared from our tour guide Kathy, we left the beautiful Glen Helen Ressort
with their comfortable pub, nice staff and beautiful surroundings and went to the Mt Sonder Lookout, from which we had a wonderful view over the plateau of the MacDonnel Ranges, which were framed from the two mountain range.
This day should become the day of the gorges. Then the MacDonnel Ranges offered a lot of them. If you want to get more information click here.
The first step on our daily tour should be the Redbank Gorge which we reached after an half an hour drive over a sealed and unsealed road. We did there a 30 minute walk through a beautiful dried-out river bed which was covered with majestic gum trees in a warm sunlight.
Finally we get the tight steep gorge with a waterhole on the ground, in where some of our group took a swim.
Afterwards we were going to our second gorge, the Orminston Gorge. It was for me the most beautiful of this day, because it was so varying.
We were walking on the Ghost Gum Walk which leads us at first over a steep but short climbing on a top with a spectacular lookout over the valley with the mountain crest in the background.
The trail leads us on a slightly scoping way to the base of the gorge where a waterhole was located.
Our way return took us over large brown marbled rocks
to a sandy river food plain with a waterhole again where some of our members of the group took a swim.
On the picnic area of the Orminston Gorge Kathy prepared a lunch for us s always delicious.
The next stop of our daily tour shouldn't be a gorge but a Ochre Pit.
I think the most of my readers don't know what a Ochre Pit is like I didn't know it before to. The pits consist of several layers of multi-coloured, layered rock that was traditionally used by Australian Aborigines in ceremonies and played an important role in the continent's economy, being traded with neighbouring clans and "countries", in every direction on the continent. Ochre has always been an important part of Aboriginal culture and a vital part of everyday life. For medicinal purposes red ochre can be mixed with grease and applied as an ointment and to relieve decongestion when mixed with eucalyptus leaves. White ochre was used as a magical charm, when mixed with water and blown from the mouth it is believed to abate the heat of the sun or the force of the wind. Weapons were painted with ochre to increase the success of hunting. It also protected the wooden weapons from termites.
The last gorge of the day which we visited was the Everly Greek Hole.
Because of the heat of the day a few people of our group were taking a swim the waterhole.
On a parking site some members of our group left us because the had booked only a four day trip.
The rest of the group stayed overnight deep in the Bush.
And after a eventful day we slept after a beautiful sunset
under a sky of millions of stars of the milky way very well.