After fuelling up at Halls Creek we decided to head out to Saw Pit Gorge for a camp before Kerry and Craig took off for Kununurra and we left for Broome.
This gorge is about 45 kilometres from Halls Creek.
Only a small waterhole remains as it is near the end of the dry. However it was cold and deep and felt wonderful when we went for a swim. In the second photo you can see the waterhole to the left of our camp. We came down a steep sort of track, crossed the dry river bed and made camp on the opposite side. Talk turned to gold around the camp fire that night as we meet another couple of prospectors at this water hole. The 2 prospectors we meet at the accident had been in the bush for three months, and they looked it. I thought our car contained a lot of dirt until I saw theirs. They had been existing on rice and bully beef for two weeks until the heat finally drove them out. They couldn’t believe it when we gave them apples! Anyway using metal detectors they had found 30 ounces in three months. It was a very impressive sight when they showed it to us. I had never seen raw gold before. One said that the year before last they had made a very big find and didn’t really need to prospect any more but the gold just lured them back.
Now before you rush out to go gold prospecting think about the remote area and living rough for several months. You will also need to find an area to prospect and I am told these are getting harder to find. You will then need a metal detector at a cost of $5K to $6K and finally you will need a lot of luck.
The first photo is of the car and camper coming out of the river bed. The camper handled it really well. The second photo is the start of the track out from the water hole.
On the way out we stopped and looked at the remains of old Halls Creek. This is situated where the original gold discovery was made.
The photo is of the old hotel which was made from crushed and rammed termite nests. One of the few such buildings still standing. A structure has been built over it to protect it from the elements and a fence around it to protect it from vandals.
We also stopped at a geological feature named the China Wall. This is caused by the weathering of surrounding rock leaving a “wall” exposed.
It was then back to Halls Creek where we said goodbye to Kerry and Craig and headed west along the Great Northern Highway – a very boring piece of bitumen