4th April – We had a bit of a restless night last night what with dingoes howling on and off all night and a very late camper arriving at 12.30am at night.
Day trip today up to Top Shelter Shed, 4wd drive only up to a picnic area which is at the level of the old surface of the Buckland Volcano. The camping area Rotary Shelter Shed is also up there. The road is rocky and has lots of drainage mounds. Great views at Rotary Shelter Shed camping area, looks like find a spot wherever you can. Not a big area would be cold at night. Did have a shelter area and toilet.
Amazing views at the Top Shelter shed, was lovely to have morning tea and lunch and lookout at the views. There is no toilet but there is water and table and chairs. Can just get Telstra Next G with the phone plugged into an aerial.
On the way you pass Kenniff Lockout, the notorious Kenniff brothers are said to have used the peak as their lookout.
From the Shelter Shed its a few km’s to Mahogany Forest and the head of Carnarvon Creek. Well it’s supposed to be 4 km’s but we clocked it at over 6 km’s not much to see at the head of the creek but it’s a lovely drive. We had a fleetly glance of some wild brumbies.
The road to the Murder and Incineration site was closed. The “Murder Site” where it is believed the brothers James and Patrick Kenniff murdered Constable George Doyle and station manager Christian Dahlke in 1902. The Incineration Site is where it is believed the brothers cremated the bodies of Doyle and Dahlke, all a bit grim.
Next stop was Marlong Arch, a short walk from the road. Lots of trees in the area so hard to photography just the arch.
We caught up with both our neighbours and had a good chat to both of them. The late comers in the wee hours were 2 brothers that had just been out to Birdsville for the 200th edition of 4wd Action. They had us in fits of laughter complaining about the flies and heat.
We have had a busy day. In the morning we went to Marlong Arch. This is a natural sandstone arch that doesn’t look like it’s staying up there by much. A chain saw could have come in handy as trees were in the way of the photo we wanted to take. Still took lots of shots of this amazing feature. After that we went to Lot’s Wife. This is a tall pillar of sandstone, it’s funny seeing it sticking up all on it’s own in the middle of the trees, goes up a long way. We then took a drive out to Marlong Plain as it is supposed to be a good place to see the sunset as it lights up the sandstone cliffs. We didn’t think it was much, on the way back out we saw an Emu with 6 little chicks, the chicks ran and mum position herself in between until she knew they were safe, very cute. We headed back to the van for lunch and saw a lizard sunning itself on the road, yep we took some photos before it got fed up of us and moved away.
After lunch we went to the looking glass which was back towards the entrance of the park so back down the bumpy road. The looking glass is a hole through an isolated pillar, you can see trees through the other side. Back to the car for a drink, it was quite hot and giving my cold a work out. We then went to the 3 Chimneys, three pillars of rock separated from the others standing there like chimneys. We had the wide 10-22mm lens and our long lenses but neither were quiet right from where we stood. So Chris gets the idea to make our way up to the pillars which we did coughing and all but the wide angle was perfect up there. Nice clouds behind them, blue sky and well lit up from the sun. We had just worked our way back down when more clouds came over and the nice lighting went.
After another long drink we headed back and went home, well kind of via a 15km 4wd road that seemed better than the so called main road that all cars can use with the corrugations. At the end of the 15km was another camp ground, called Top Moffatt Campground that is very nice, green grass and very isolated. There was a creek crossing on the way in so hence the 4wd track.
We think we are the only ones, apart from the ranger in the whole park. We got a fire going and the plan was to have a relax in front of the fire eat tea before a quick shower and view our photos, but bad wind came up, so we had to desert our fire for the night.