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Following a recent 10 day bushwalking trip through the Stokes Range, which is within Gregory National Park, I'll soon be building some pages and filling out the tips.
It's a rugged and remote wilderness area not far from the Western Australian border in the Northern Territory. It comprises deeply dissected sandstone plateau with a labrynth of gorges.
Gregory National Park is in two sections and Stokes Range is in the smaller Victoria River section to the east of the larger section. Prior to becoming a Park, Gregory was a cattle station. Europeans first occupied the area around the 1900’s. The NT Government acquired the majority of the land that now comprises Gregory National Park in 1984, and the area was gazetted a National Park in 1990. Collectively, Gregory National Park covers an area of approximately 13,000 square kilometres. It is the second largest National Park in Australia after Kakadu.
The Northern Territory government is in the process of negotiating with Aboriginal groups to return their traditional lands which are national parks. The area separating the two sections of Gregory National Park is already Aboriginal land. There is the possibility that the whole area will be declared a national park under joint management with the traditional owners. This would greatly increase the size of the Park.
Navel gazing, quiet contemplation, soaking up the feel of wilderness, it's all there anywhere in the Stokes Range, Gregory National Park. You don't have to go far to "be away from it", It's a trackless wilderness studded with "gems".
The song lyrics say "home among the gum trees". Well, there are gum trees in the back ground. But this "home" is squeezed more among acacias and grevilleas than gum trees.
Set on a small sandy patch on the creek bank barely above water level, it made for an idyllic camp. Except, of course, when awoken in the middle of the night by a nearby tropical storm. Anyway, before going to bed I'd packed my back pack and set it up on higher ground in case of just that eventuality.
- Pros:beautiful landscape
As you get deeper into Stokes Range it becomes a labrynth of gorges etched deeply into a sandstone plateau. Particularly... more travel advice
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