DAY 4: Amalia Gorge or Emma Gorge Walk & Depart
Approx. 3 - 4 km walking
Today you will explore another gorge on foot. We will offer you either Amalia Gorge or Emma Gorge guided walk depending on our schedule.
Amalia Gorge is more of a steep sided valley than a narrow gorge. It offers spectacular views and a deep plunge pool at the end of the trail. The gorge is made up of ancient “Warton Sandstone" and “Elgee Siltstone" estimated to be up to 1800 million years old. Despite the extreme age, the rocks are still largely horizontal as they were laid millions of years ago. The trail offers a challenging and adventurous experience, which requires some climbing and clambering over falls and large sandstone slabs. Due to the open topography, the temperature is fairly high throughout the day. During the dry season the water stops flowing.
Emma Gorge is part of the Cockburn Ranges. A scenic trail takes you along changing vegetation to crystal clear pools and waterfalls.
The gorge is characterised by massive scree slopes and cliff face escarpments reaching up to 120m on both sides of the trail. The bulk of these cliff faces are made up of ‘Cockburn Sandstone’ and massive Quartz Sandstone. The strata remain largely horizontal as they were laid down 1800 million years ago. Ripple patterns on the rocks were created when sediment was deposited under shallow tidal waters millions of years ago.
If you don't want to do more walking, you could choose to do the following activities. Please advise us at time of booking.
06:00am - 08:00am Join your guide on an early morning excursion to bird watching sites close to the Homestead. The variety of ecosystems in the park attracts more than 100 different bird species. You could spot the resident pair of dancing Brolgas, colourful Rainbow Bee-Eaters, the endangered Gouldian Finch or Sea Eagles feeding their young. Locations for this trip will vary depending on the season and latest sightings, but the tour will always include a pair of binoculars and a local species list.
Bush Culture & History Tour
08:00am to 11:30am Learn from our own real characters about the pioneers and previous characters of the original cattle Station and the remarkable journey to an acclaimed tourism destination. Take in the views from up high on a look out, visit ancient Boab trees, learn about the Aboriginal peoples' use of the native fora as you identify a number of plant and wildlife species along the way. A light morning tea is served beside a lazy waterhole.
Depart El Questro Homestead. You'll be transferred to Kununurra airport to meet your return flight.
* This itinerary is provided as an example only - prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation.