Day 6 – Standley Chasm to Birthday Waterhole
Left Standley Chasm campsite at 9:30am after finding that my booking for the cultural tour was not appearing on their systems and the lack of reception and Wi-Fi stopped me from showing financial evidence of payment. So we had our breakfast, took photos of the Chasm and left.
Met guy from Mt Sonder carrying a 20kg pack and was hiking 14 days which turned into 12 days. He recommended the following stops which would later influence our camping spots.
- Brinkley Bluff – had lunch there
- Ghost gum – had a snack there
- Fringe Lilly creek – passed through
- Count Point – Definite Camping location
- Giles lookout – Definite Camping location
Brinkley Bluff has phone reception if you were standing left of the sign and it was unreliable. FaceTime dropped out constantly.
The climb to the bluff was quite challenging especially as it started getting hotter and more exposed.
The original plan was to stay the night at Brinkley after the cultural tour which meant dry camping. Since that plan didn’t get fully realised, the plan was instead ditching the extra three litres of water and have lunch there instead and attempt to reach Birthday Waterhole campsite.
Passed what could have been either camel, bull, or horse bones on the way to Birthday Waterhole. Not creepy at all.
Birthday Waterhole campsite
- Shelter with two platforms and 4x Solar USB charging ports in food cub board
- Two large rainwater tanks
- One outdoor toilet