Down in the Dungeon

G’Day Mob,

If you google “Dungeon and Kwiambal” this is what you will find:

154 The Dungeon Lookout

This is the view I have seen several times as I’ve walked the marked track in Kwiambal National Park, about 40km from home, and peered into the deep gorge formed by the Severn River.

Several weeks ago I had plans to take the canoes and paddle the Severn upstream from The Dungeon, where the pools are long and deep. Somehow Brian got hold of that plan and gave it a shake. The canoes were left at home and Brian’s BFF, Col, was added instead. And now we were walking from the Parks-approved camping area, down the entire length of The Dungeon – probably not a Parks-approved activity.

The walk started off with grumbles about sore backs and busted knees, broken ribs and strained muscles. Within 500m Brian had twisted an ankle then I was reminded of a delicate hamstring while leaping boulders. Col, meanwhile, was sweating out the previous night’s intake from the Wallaroo. But we soon got into a rhythm.

We started with rock hopping

154 Rock Hopping

until we reached the start of The Dungeon

154 Start of Dungeon Downstream

and although we were met with guts and breakaways that threatened to block our way

154 Dungeon Start

we eventually scrambled and slid into the steep-sided Dungeon.

154 Walls

The rush of water through this gorge after rain must be an amazing sight (from the lookout, not from The Dungeon floor), and we were constantly in awe of the power generated, whether it be from stone worn smooth from wet season waterfalls

154 Waterfall

or from the tattered remains of a boat wedged under rocks.

154 Tinny

We criss-crossed the river

154 Crossing 1

and fished long pools without any luck.

154 Bottom Pools

We only got wet once

154 Wet

though Brian went to extraordinary lengths to avoid a repeat.

154 Brian Cross

With light fading we emerged from The Dungeon amongst a puzzle of fallen boulders, and a couple of hours later we wearily pulled up outside the Wallaroo. We sat in the car and considered phoning the barman for table service, but there were tales to tell so we struggled inside.

For a fleeting moment we were not just cattle farmers but adventurers.

154 Three Close



10 responses to “Down in the Dungeon

  1. Beautiful gorge and plenty of boulders to make an interesting hike! The power of water on stone over time is amazing. If you ever make it over here you must see the Columbia Gorge area.

  2. That sounds like a great adventure. So are you going to paddle it next time?

    • Now that would be an adventure! Sorry I haven’t spent much time on your blog lately – been stupidly busy around here, but the photos are always worth a quick squizz.

  3. Looks like you guys had fun and a great adventure!

  4. A wee bit jealous of the lovely weather you had during your adventure!!

    • It is quite good weather at the moment, though windy, which is not unusual for spring. I am guessing it is a wee bit chilly in Scotland?

      • Not too bad actually, although we had the first bit of snow last weekend, which is quite early actually. Otherwise, blue skies and mild weather, not as much rain as other years.

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