Some of the red rock gorges of the Woodie Woodie area surrounded by golden spinifex grasslands.
In certain areas, the red gorges are cut by a grey clay-like stone ridges with sharp edged rocks.
This has to be one of the most beautiful monitors (goannas) found in Australia. A well-camouflaged, with what looks like aboriginal paintings, Pilbara Rock Monitor (Varanus pilbarensis). I think this is my favourite goanna species and when we are up here, I always look forward to catching one, but they are not easy to find.
"You want me to climb up where? Up here?"
Some of the gorges have lots of caves, ranging from small holes to big caverns. These caves make great homes for a large number of animal species found in the area, especially as shelters during the extremely hot summer temperatures.
The little nooks and crannies in the caves provide a good environment for geckos and many insects, such as this lovely Crusader Bug.
In many places at the bottom of steep gorges, you can find very good patches of spinifex due to the extra water runoff. These are usually good places to find many arid habitat animal species.
One of the reptile species you may catch is this beautiful large skink, the Centralian Blue-tongue (Tiliqua multifasciata). It's always good fun to find out what lives in a certain area.