It was a welcome surprise to find myself receiving a swimming lesson in a natural pool in the Karijini National Park. Picture this: overhanging trees, aqua blue water, the towering red rocks of a canyon, a double waterfall in the distance. It sure beats my regular public swimming pool in Melbourne!
Karijini National Park is riddled with canyons, each unique; and we had spent the day exploring a few of the more accessible ones. As we descended into Dales Gorge we were engulfed in the red and orange hues of the iron rusted chasm. Over 2.5 billion years the gorges have formed and eroded to reveal the swirl of materials that make up the cliff face; including, sheets of black glass-like metals and the furry blue of asbestos. Wildflowers, eucalypts, ferns and an array of flora line the cool blue streams that carve their way through to transform into a glorious waterfall, such as the Fortescue Falls. So beautiful are these falls that nature itself has created an amphitheatre for visitors to relax and enjoy watching the water flow down the rocks and into the pool below.
Beyond the rugged steps of the Fortescue Falls the canyon continues narrowly with trees shadowing the path. Feeling like adventurers, we continued along seeking even more beauty among the craggy cliff faces, until rounding a corner the stunning Fern Pool was unveiled.
It was within the blue of this deep pool that my swimming lesson began. Brian and I had previously discussed our mutual enjoyment of swimming; we both love it. And although I consider myself quite a strong swimmer, my technique is a little lacking. Upon admitting this to Brian, he disclosed that he is a swimming teacher, and to my delight, proceeded to give me some tips. So within this beautiful setting, while the rest of the tour group lounged around relaxing, we made the most out of our time in the water, working together, and gliding up and down the length of the pool towards and away from the waterfalls. If only I could always swim in such a lovely location.