Bell Gorge secret trail

(Perth, WA)

I visited Bell Gorge in June 2015 and I really wanted to get to the lower sections where two other waterfalls are located.

I followed the south-west edge of the gorge going downstream and stumbled upon rock cairns that seemed to mark a some sort of trail, but no obvious path was visible and track was difficult to find. It led me to a small boab tree very close to the edge of the gorge, just below the second waterfall (third counting the main touristy fall), and then I couldn't find any other rock cairns.

At first it seemed that it was possible to negotiate the cliff down to get to the bottom of the gorge, but there was too much bush-bashing and loose rocks and I gave up. The cliff further down stream seemed more accessible, but it was a fair hike without guarantee it would take me down to the bottom and it was getting too late to risk it.

Does anyone know where is that trail supposed to lead, is it perhaps some place of aboriginal significance? Is there a way to get to the bottom of the gorge below the waterfall shown in the picture?
Any info would be much appreciated.
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Jul 09, 2021
Bell Gorge
by: Patrick

We camped there for a few days in 1988, and it was idyllic. No other person in all that time. We ended up camping in the creek bed, as there was sign of rain, and there was a croc nest not far below us; we saw prints but no sign of Mum.
At dawn you would glimpse a big mob of roos, but as soon as you made the slightest noise the mob evaporated.
There were several big monitors living in the creek bed.
We'd hang out at the top of the falls, but could not see any way of climbing down back then... It was a long way down.
But I've seen photos of people swimming below a falls in Bell Gorge, - it looks too low for the one I remember. I will look out some of our photos to refresh my memory....

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