The Escarpment Country of Gregory National Park actually starts at the Victoria River Road House. Make sure you stop there and walk back to the bridge to take a photo as the escarpment wraps around the might Victoria River. Great at sunset if you stop the night. Just 5 km down the road from the road house heading towards Timber Creek is the Escarpment walk, it is 3km return and the views are spectacular. Please note you are walking straight up a hill. There is a picnic bench half way. Not far down the road from there is another walk called the Joe Creek Picnic area walk. This walks is only 1.7km return and runs along the rim of the escarpment, there is also some very very very faint rock art and the water showers over the escarpment during the first 6 months of the year.
We thought we would do the loop by heading down the Buchanan Hwy to Jasper Gorge then across the Tuwakam Track to Bullita Homestead. Now that was a bad decision. Jasper Gorge we didn't find terribly exciting, it was basically the escarpment that you see from the road. It is a one faced gorge, so there isn't two walls and it wasn't sign posted. We came across Jasper Creek and then there was a little dirt road and some campers. The camping spot was a dust bowl and there was a waterhole infront of it which forms a river in the wet season, I definitely wouldn't swim in it. No facilities and it is not marked on the fact sheet as a camping area. Just down the road from here however is one of the biggest Boab Trees I have ever seen.
We then took the Tukakam Track. Thank goodness I had new All Terrain BF Goodridge Tyres on as we drove across 20km of slate rock. The journey was so slow it took us about 2 hours to drive it as the rocks just made you bobble and bounce around, so you had to go slow, that and you didn't want the rock to slice your tyres open. The Track was bloody terrible and I wouldn't recommend anyone taking it, it is definitely not a short cut. We then camped at Bullita Homestead Campground which is a couple of kms down the road from the actual Homestead. The setting was beautiful among the Boab Trees, there is a drop toilet and little fire places and even better, right on the East Baines River so you can have a fish as well. The next day we went up to have a look at the Bullita Homestead. It has been well kept with great interpretive signs about the history of the place and what the different buildings were used for. If you have read any books about the Duracks (Cattle Pioneers) the massive double Boab Tree on the Homestead grounds has the Durack name carved in it by them. The cattle yards are also in great condition. Heading back towards the Hwy we passed by Limestone Gorge. The campground has been closed for about 2 years, they had major damage a couple of years ago after a big wet season. You can still walk into Limestone Gorge however, the walk is a bit longer as you have to walk into the old campground first. We didn't actually do the walk as we were running out of time. We got back onto the Victoria Hwy and headed for Timber Creek. Timber Creek has two caravan parks if you need to plug into power for the night or you can head 10km down the road to Big Horse Creek Campground which is a National Park Campsite right on the Victoria River. Not far out of Timber Creek on the left hand side is a big lookout you can drive up and it looks out over the town and the river. If you continue in the direction of Kununurra you have Bradshaw Bridge where you can pull up and walk out over the bridge to view the Victoria River (you can't drive on the bridge as it is a military bridge). Down the road is Gregory's Tree which is a big Boab Tree 3km off the Hwy on the right hand side. Augustus Gregory carved the date on the tree, can't remember exactly but I think it say's 5th July, 1856. Worth a look. The trip was certainly very interesting and memorable and I am very glad we did it.
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