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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:05 am    Post subject: Nathan Gorge Reply with quote

Remembering from the first Bushtracker DVD that Steve mentioned a place called Nathan Gorge, we were interested to visit the gorge when we saw a mention while in the vicinity of Cracow. Nowadays there is a graded track off the Cracow - Taroom road, into the gorge. The Cracow - Taroom road is a delightful, mainly dirt road winding around the many hills in this area. Nathan Gorge is signposted from the main road and access is an easy trip along a graded track which runs through private property (a couple of gates to open) and then into the unspoiled reserve where the gorge is located. The main challenge is finding a camping spot at the turnaround, which is located near the end of the track, that is large enough take a Bushtracker and vehicle as well as leaving a passing space for other traffic (not a major problem probably as the track looks little used and we did not encounter other travellers while there for a day or so)
The country is really rugged and wild and it is impossible to obtain a panoramic view of the gorge because of all the restricting vegetation. Having said that, bushwalking along the top of the gorge is a delightul experience and quite easy. A reward is seeing glimpses of the gorge which are obtained all the way along. There is a diverse array of plants which, no doubt, would include plenty of wildflowers during the season. The clean air, scented by the local stands of juniper is a real tonic.
This is a great wilderness spot. Further on, when camped at Isla Gorge, we read, on a National Parks Informaton Board, that an irrigation dam is proposed at Nathan Gorge. I don't know if this information is still current.
By walking along the track leading on from the turn around we came to a place where it was possible to scramble, with care, down to the waters' edge, on a side gorge. The cliffs were representative of the eroded sandstones found throughout this area and were interesting because of their shapes and colours. A great spot to visit and camp.

Pulled up on the side of the Cracow-Taroom Road shortly before the turn off to Nathan Gorge
Glimpses of the gorge showing the muddy waters of the Dawson River are seen through the vegetation



Even though not the flower season, some highlights could be found


When a way can be found to the gorge floor, one is surrounded by a Livistonia Palm forest

The gorge is lined with rugged and colourful sandstone cliffs which are found throughout this area.
Small leaved Queensland Bottle Tree, Brachychiton repestris
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Hillocks

Thanks for sharing the pics and your great experience of Nathan Gorge with us all - Hope Claire and I can return you the favour one day soon. Enjoy the rest of your travels.

Cheers

Damian & Claire
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:08 am    Post subject: Great post Reply with quote

What a great post.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Hillocks,
Thank you for sharing your trip log. Nathan Gorge must be a beautiful part of the country. Would love to see it one day.
We pick up our van late August, so it will soon be within reach.
Happy days & happy trails,
Frank & Aileen
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