There’s a tonne of amazing gorges to do on the Gibb River Road. We had a number of favourites, and to be honest never went to one that we regretted, or thought wasn’t worth the effort.
El Questro Gorge though, was a huge highlight for us. It’s one of the more challenging ones, with amazing natural beauty, in the shade for majority of the walk and the mid way and end pools are simply stunning.
We did it on both visits to El Questro and would happily do it again. It really is a world class walk, and in our opinion the best gorge at El Questro Station by a country mile.
Where is El Questro Gorge?
You’ll find this amazing place on El Questro itself, a short drive from the main centre along a 4WD track that can be a heap of fun.
Do you need a 4WD to get there?
Yep, absolutely. It’s rare to see any 2WD vehicle at El Questro anyway, but there is a water crossing to get to El Questro Gorge that was the deepest one we did on the Gibb River Road, by a lot. In both instances, the water in sections would have been over a metre, and if you don’t have a snorkel, you shouldn’t risk it.
The ground is solid and sandy, but a bit lumpy and we did have water nearly come onto the bonnet of our Dmax in one section.
How difficult is the walk?
The first part of the walk is quite easy, and can be done by pretty much anyone. From there though, it gets much more challenging. The half way pool requires you to get seriously wet (basically swim) and then climb up a rock that is probably 3 metres tall.
From there, you do a lot more climbing over rocks, and up a few rock faces. It’s certainly not something you’d want to do if you weren’t confident, or with young children that you weren’t overly confident in.
I carried Oliver in a backpack carrier, but a lot of people thought we were crazy.
What’s the pool like at the end?
The plunge pool at the end is a very fitting end to the walk. It’s small, cold, and amazingly peaceful if you get it to yourself. Take some food, kick back for a bit and enjoy the region before you walk back down the gorge, which is guaranteed to make your knees sore by the end!
What wildlife can you see?
We saw a heap of amazing bugs, butterflies and dragon flies. We also saw a couple of lizards and snakes, and the odd bird. The scenery on the other hand is nothing short of incredible, and we loved every minute of it.
What does it cost?
The price is the admission into El Questro. If you are camping, you’ll already have the access pass. If you aren’t, you can get a day pass from the main centre at El Questro. The actual gorges are free to explore.
If you have the energy and are in for an adventure, put El Questro Gorge down on your list. It is truly remarkable, and one that we would happily do again.