Outback Adventure – Day 21 – Quad bikes and hikes

Simpsons Gap

Woke up to realize the sun was already up. It was past 7am and we were getting picked up at 7.50 for our quad bike adventure. We made it on time, sending the kids off to the van. After a couple more pick ups we headed out to the Undoolya cattle station where we would ride. We learnt quite a bit about the farm which has been run by the Hayes family for over 100 years. The quad bikes were lots of fun and the landscape spectucular. Unfortunately we only saw a few of the very cute Hereford cows – Mum & calves. Apparently nearly half the herd has been moved to Queensland as they don’t have enough water for them all at the moment.

Me on the quad bike Riding Quad bikes

We were dropped back outside the van park about 11am and met everyone at our cabin. From here we got all organised and headed out to the West Macdonald Ranges. I went on the bike with Kevin and we rode out to Standley Chasm. It was about a 15min walk into the chasm which is best at 1pm – right when we were there as the sun shines right in between the rocks.

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We made our way back to the carpark and when to the cafe for lunch. There wasn’t much vegetarian so I ended up with two rather greasy potato scallops (and some of Christy’s leftover bread roll).

Back on the bike and off to Simpson’s Gap. This was a very leisurely walk out to a small section of the river with some water, then a walk back along the dry river bed. It was beautiful as well and the girls really loved it here.

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Off again, this time back to the cabin where we had some afternoon tea and a chat. Later we went over to the van where Dad cooked a BBQ dinner and I made a healthy, yummy salad for myself.

Had another bath tonight, then wrote up my blog and am shortly off to bed.