Living in a Marsupial World
 
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The Gorge and Pyramid Rock
Success! We’ve conquered the Kennedy Developmental Road and made it to Porcupine Gorge, and we’re happy to say that it was well worth the trouble. If you look at a map of Outback Queensland, the park itself is barely a blip on the map – just a small strip of green protected area along that frustrating dirt road. The national park had a designated campground and we found a nice spot to hold the four of us, our two tents and two hammocks. 


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A short walk beyond our campsite was the trail leading into the gorge, where suddenly we found ourselves on the lip of a small canyon that was incredibly reminiscent of the Utah Canyonlands. Our first evening there, Emily and I took an initial surveying expedition into the gorge on the Pyramid Track. As we ventured further down, a few British kids on the trail called our attention to a wild echidna they had found by a tree. Our first wild echidna! Awesome. I got as close as I could before he started rustling his spines for a clear picture in the low light. The gorge itself was small, comparatively to Utah or Arizona, but incredibly beautiful, especially in the evening light. Em and I discovered some awesome rocks and driftwood, as well as live fish in the river and in pools the dry season had produced. At this news, Ben was at the ready with his fishing pole. 


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Because it was such a beautiful location, fairly remote, and a lot of fun to explore, we decided to spend three days in Porcupine Gorge. The sandstone in the canyon allowed for some great rock scrambling and the pools of water were quite brisk but great fun for a swim. Taking advantage of the isolation in the gorge, we had a skinny dip in the afternoon warmth! 


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At night, the sky was absolutely incredible. It was like having our own private planetarium. In most of Australia, the Milky Way is very prominent and clear due to the lack of cities and light pollution. The Outback Sky is something everyone should experience at least once. 


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