Wave Hill is the town where fight for aboriginal land rights took a first decisive step with the Wave Hill Walkoff
I have been reminded that 23 August 2021 is the 55th Anniversary of the Wave Hill Walkoff.
I didn’t go all the way out to Wave Hill
After the hot dusty Bungle Bungles I was after a cold spring to soak in and such places existed on the road from Halls Creek to Wave Hill.
The first spring was Palm Spring just off the Wave Hill road.
The swimming hole was deep and cold just perfect to refresh the body.
I was going to set up camp there but a couple of locals, who had come out for a swim suggested Sawpit Gorge a few kms north offered better camping further off the road.
As I say -local knowledge is the best knowledge.
So I set up camp on a flat area above the gorge and the spring fed stream.
It was near a full moon that night.
Which shone a silver light on the Ghost Gum I was camped under.
Making it a ghostly silver in moons beam.
I have spent a long time in the outback and at this point I was only around 600km from the west coast and the Indian Ocean.
My next swim will be in salt water having crossed the northern part of Australia from Innisfail on the Pacific Ocean to Broome on the Indian Ocean.
I will finish this with Paul Kelly’s musical tribute to the Wave Hill Walkoff.