With the patient in safe hands but without the bus parts, which hadn't arrived, we set off for El Questro. It is a million acre wilderness park, which runs cattle but it's main interest is tourism. The name sounds Spanish but it isn't. It was made up by the first station owners and doesn't mean anything.
Just before we arrived we saw this interesting character on the road. Ben stopped the bus for us to chat to him. He had his camels pulling a converted van as his mode of transport and accommodation as he wandered around the outback.
Interesting number plate.
Soon Klaus had enough of entertaining tourists and he tried to get his beloved camels, Willy and Snowy to move on.
Soon we arrived at Emma Gorge Resort just one of the many types of accommodation scattered through this huge wilderness park.
We had a delicious meal at the lovely open air restaurant with entertaining staff and then fell into bed with the alarm set as we had to be up early for a Champagne Breakfast Cruise.
We woke to noisy chatter of the birds and this view from our Queen size bed. There were 2 single beds as well and an en suite and fan. It was very comfortable.
The bus took us to Chamberlain Gorge where we boarded this boat for the breakfast cruise. Kathy the tour guide had us laughing with her hilarious safety instructions. For example:
" There is an orange life jacket to put on like so, but crocodiles love orange objects so when swimming to the edge make sure you are in front of the last person."
"The emergency exits are here and here and here and here and here as she points to the open sides of the boat."
"If you are in the front seat, learn how to use the fire extinguisher even though the boat is made entirely of aluminium"
Early morning reflections on Chamberlain Gorge.
Munching on an egg and bacon muffin and swigging Champers we glided down the river to witness magnificent scenes and wildlife.
Th white buoys mark the channel for the boat but they have to be continuously replaced as the crocodiles enjoy attacking them.
Rocks prevent us from going further but before we returned the guides gave us pellets to hold at arm's length over the side of the boat and wait to see what happens. When something happens drop the pellet.
Suddenly our hands were being shot at with spurts of water.
They were Archer fish, which shoot insects by spitting water at them and then they fall into the water to be eaten. They don't mind shooting at hands to get pellets, they especially like hands with shiny rings.
It took many, many photos before I actually caught one shooting. They are deadly accurate.
The fun over it was time to go back for our next exciting adventure.
The morning sun and reflections were magical.
To feel youself glide down the gorge and see the fish shooting water watch Bill's video HERE or on my side bar.
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