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Butterfly Gorge (26 November 2010)
contributed by DerrickJessop
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A 32Km rough bush track from Douglas Daly Caravan Park leads to about 300m from Butterfly Gorge. A track along the river and around a rock outcrop or a climb up the ridge and a slide down leads to a large clear fresh water pool fed by the gorge that is on the far side. A cleft in the rock is the only evidence of the gorge that lies beyond.
I floated my camera across in a plastic container to get a closerlook from the water. In flood the water gushes out from this cleft. Only 4 months prior to my visit the caravan park 32Km downstream was 1m under water.
From inside the gorge the pool can be seen through a narrow gap in the rock. Despite the leaves accumulating in the water I enjoyed diving in and swimming out through the gap.
Inside the gorge the base was very rugged and I was ill equiped to negotiate it. The sides of the gorge were also precipitous and prevented much of a view of the gorge as it swung around to the left. This was one fascinating place that well deserved a more determined exploration.
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