Whoever that person was, was wrong. Really really wrong. Geikie Gorge was rather beautiful.
The best part about Geikie was that they had a Gorge boat tour that was affordable enough for us to go on. Family ticket was about $64 dollars which meant it was well and truly within our budget. A lot of other tours are far to expensive for a family of five.
As with a lot of the gorges in the Kimberly area Geikie Gorge was once a reef that formed during the Devonian period. The limestone walls were formed by algae and lime secreting organisms that are now extinct.
The water in Geikie is from the mighty Fitzroy River which during the wet season can rise the water level by nearly seventeen meters. The change in water levels was visible as the colours of the rock walls change. It was rather impressive to think of just how much water could be in there at times. I can’t recall the exact figures but the ranger kept saying there was enough water to fill Sydney Harbour a ridiculously large amount of times.
As well as the boat tour there are a few walking paths along the gorge that you can take. We had a bit of a wander around though the girls were not overly interested. After the boat ride and some lunch they were more than happy to head home.
Instead I insisted on dragging them along the walks because it seemed silly to be there and not explore everything. Mind you on the walk home I may have run off on them all in the search of some peace and quiet. I was sick of all the complaining and figured a quick getaway was much better than yelling and screaming. Being the competitive person that I am I tried to make it into a game by letting them know before I sprinted off that it had suddenly become a race to get to the end.
A race mind you that no one was interested in taking me up on. Which was kind of nice because a lot of the path was rather sandy so it was particularly hard going. I may have stopped running not to long after getting out of sight. Interestingly enough Mr Awesome reported that the whining stopped the moment I disappeared.