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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rocky Pool, Western Australia

This picturesque, deep, fresh water pool is 50 kilometres from Carnarvon and unlike the rest of the Gascoyne River which is a dry riverbed 8 months of the year, Rocky Pool has water all year round.

In 1924 Australia's most famous pilot, Charles Kingsford Smith and his mate Keith Anderson bought a truck and delivered mail and goods from Carnarvon to Bangemall goldfields near Mount Augustus.

It's said he would have boiled his billy here, in this beautiful spot, many times.

In the old days, drovers came here too bringing their thirsty sheep and cattle to drink at this idyllic oasis.

The Gascoyne River in full flood is a major event in the lives of people lucky enough to see it.

The highest recorded flow was in 1960 at 7.62 metres and during Cyclone Steve in 2000 it peaked at 7.50 metres.

Rocky Pool is simply stunning.