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Lennard Gorge by Mieke Boynton
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Lennard Gorge (the Lennard River), on the Gibb River Road in The Kimberley, Western Australia.

Back in 2008, I hired a ute from Kununurra and threw my swag in the back to explore the Gibb River Road for ten days. I found this badly-signposted gorge, with a goat-path-type track leading to it, and decided ‘what the heck’ and went in… only to find that the path led to a near-vertical rockface and a barely-discernable path requiring much white-knuckled lowering-of-body-onto-ledge-below type climbing. It ended up being one of the highlights of my trip. It is, in my opinion, the most spectacular of all that I visited.

It has taken me exactly three years to find the time to get there again… but I was not disappointed. It is even more beautiful than I remembered. Absolutely amazing.

In the invervening years, there has been a lot of work done at the gorge. There are toilets at the carpark, it is well-signed, and the track is perfectly obvious. Unfortunately, the track down the rock-face seems to be off-limits now. Apparently someone died there :(

The reason it is so deep (according to the Dept of Environment and Conservation) is that one side is Dolerite, and the other is Sandstone, and as the Kimberley was lifted by geological forces, the river cut its way down through the join. What they don’t say is that this area is Bunuba country, and well-known to the Bunuba people for thousands of years.

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Comments

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    This is SO stunning Mieke! The light and exposure is PERFECT!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks, Carol!!! =D

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Melanie Simmonds
    Melanie Simmondsover 3 years ago

    Wonderful, wonderful image :o) really great work!

  • Thanks, Melanie!! :) :) :) :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesover 3 years ago

    Whoa now this is gorgeous so well worth the life threatening hike :).. just stunning Mieke!

  • GORGEous… lol!!! Thank you very much, Angela!!! (and thanks for reading the description!)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyover 3 years ago

    This is just spectacular jumped right off the screen as a thumbnail ! Help me out though what is a ute ??? :) tony

  • Hi Tony! Thank you :) A ute is a “utility vehicle” that in the US is referred to as a “truck”. Over here, a “truck” is a big long thing that transports goods, so it’s called a “ute” (and legend has it that way back in the days before utes existed, someone needed more room in the back and literally cut the roof off, thus inventing the first one!! That might just be legend though…)
    :) :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Inge Johnsson
    Inge Johnssonover 3 years ago

    Wow, what a place, and great photo! Seems like I need to add Australia to my places to go when I can find the money ;-)

  • Hi Inge, I am really flattered that you’ve commented on my photo! Thank you!! :) :) :)
    If you ever come to the Kimberley, make sure you let me know and I will show you around! :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • foto1111
    foto1111over 3 years ago

    Love your work……very nice.

  • Thanks :) :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture Mieke!

  • Thank you, joycee! I reckon we live in the awesomest State!! (oh wow… I’ve just had a realisation… I spent four years in the USA ridiculing a girl from WA because I thought Victoria was better… shame on me!!!)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Robyn Lakeman
    Robyn Lakemanover 3 years ago

    Wow stunning capture Mieke. Love the colours

  • Thanks, Robyn :) :) :) Hope that cough is on the mend!?

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 3 years ago

    Wow, what a wonderful find! Beautiful captures!

  • Thanks, Barbara!! :) :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Jaxybelle
    Jaxybelleover 3 years ago

    Mieke, this is fabulous work, very nice indeed and your information supplied is great. Good on you for hiring the ute and dealing with the cliffs. Adding this spot to my ever growing list. :)
    Jackie

  • Dear Jackie, make sure that if this spot ever makes it to the top of your list, you let me know!!!!! :) :) :) The Kimberley is full of magical places like this… and every day I’m even more glad that I get to call it ‘home’!!! :) :) :)

    – Mieke Boynton

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