The rock pools we visit on the tour are all quite different and each one of them has their own special character and attributes.
Many of the walks during the Adventure Wild Kimberley tour take us to secluded rock pools. It is wonderful to cool off during after a walk and the rock pool swims are a great highlight of the tour.
We do as much swimming as we can because it's so relaxing. The water is usually crystal clear and very refreshing at the end of a beautiful walk up to a gorge.
Dalmanyi (Bell Gorge) is spectacular with a small shallow pool for wading at the top of the falls. There are no trees growing on the surrounding red sandstone walls. At the bottom you can enjoy a swim in an exciting rock pool which is big, deep and fed by a powerful waterfall.
At Emma Gorge we walk up a beautiful gorge through rain forest pockets and come to the most exquisite deep pool with a single drop waterfall. Everybody enjoys swimming here, lying back and looking up at the fern walls. We often wear our shirts back slightly damp which provides a super efficient form of air conditioning.
During our stay at Mount Barnett people swim as often as they can as we camp by the beautiful lower Manning river. The next day we do a walk over sandstone escarpments up to another beautiful waterfall known as the Manning Falls. It has a large pool and it's wonderful to lie back and look up the rock walls which often have black cockatoos flying overhead.
Another highlight is small spectacular Galvans Gorge. It is shaded, cool and very nice to swim in.
El Questro Gorge has a spectacular walk up through a red sandstone gorge which is full of ferns growing on the shaded moist walls. Although a smaller pool than the other gorges it's cool, clear and has a series of rock pools that you can swim in.
The rock pools in the gorges are a special place to visit, both to swim, sit and reflect and experience the diversity of the natural environment of the Kimberley.