nice easy start. 8:00am and the sun has a bite to it already. Dropped into Coles for last minute top ups, it opens at 6am.
Refueling stop and to buy ice, then down to the zebra stone gallery. Unique to the area, two of the three known sites are under water at Lake Argyle. I bought a set of coasters and have the challenge of polishing them up myself to save some dollars. Lovely grounds right beside the Ord River, friendly people and mango smoothies that were just THE BEST.
Doon Doon roadhouse for a quick stop, getting hot on the road, 38°C in the shade of the roadhouse.
Warmun for lunch, and then into the art gallery for a look around.
Roadside stop for a top up of timber for the fire tonight, roast dinner in the camp oven.
Camp tonight at the station caravan park, and will venture into the national park tomorrow.
An ambulance has just pulled into the campground. Landcruiser troop carrier with a portly gentleman inside. Lights flashing. Surgeon Phil offered any assistance. ‘No thanks mate, you’re the third surgeon in Purnululu today’. Such a remote place …..
Camp oven roast tonight. Tablecloth and silver service
nice view just outside our tent this morning.
Matthew went hunting and brought back eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, sausages and a multitude of other foods. Phil the surgeon from Melbourne and I cooked it all up and a big feed was finished by mid morning. Kerry and I met one of her workmates in town for a coffee and chat until we met back at the bottle shop for the midday opening.
After a latish lunch we visited the Sandelwood farm and stocked up on nice smelly stuff, plus the Rum Hoochery and stocked up on nice tasty stuff. Tonight it will be sunset at Kellie’s Know, THE place to do sunset in Kununurra – unless you’re by the lake outside the tent where im blogging from.
Lovely early swim in the Zebedee Hot Springs – warm springs is a better name but at 28 – 32°C they are pleasant no matter the description.
An easy drive along the bitumen through spectacular scenery eventually got us to our caravan park in kununurra overlooking Lake Kununurra – well…. right beside it really.
A quick tent set up then back onto the bus to arrive at the Lake Argyle for the sunset cruise. Run by Lake Argyle Tours, this was a nice sized boat with great commentary team. First swim was encouraged, just jump straight in off the back of the boat. The fearless Bambach family climbed to the very top of the accessible section of the cliff and jumped, one at a time. I made sure I had the spare keys to the bus and was quickly going over the itinerary for the rest of the trip when leader Matthew took the 20 metre jump, followed by Elise and Tom. Several others, including kids around 10 took high, but not quite the top, jumps.
The size of the lake is impressive and the view from the dam wall area is deceptive. It is only 362m long and the lake looks big. But all you see is a small portion of the lake from here. A narrow valley opens up to a vast expanse of water, with it being possible to travel 50km without turning the direction of the boat.
Fish were fed, facts were spread, small freshwater crocs were seen, wallabies were fed and then the boat tied up again in the middle of a large body of water, about 30m deep. Floaties were thrown into the water, passengers all jumped out and were passed wine, or thrown cans of beer for passengers to sip whilst watching the sun go down.
Great fun had by all. kerry won an extra beer for a sports quiz question. I’ll enjoy that later Thanks!!
After a long fast ride back – there is so much water here that if the dam wall was completely breached, the dam would take four years to drain – we enjoyed a meal in the gardens with the AFL playing on several large screen TVs around the yard. Very pleasant afternoon.
nice early start to get to Emma Gorge about 20 km down the road, still operated by the same company that runs el Questro. There is a nice resort there with safari tents setup, pool and open air dining.
The walk up to Emma Gorge took about thirty minutes and got warmer as we went with the valley closing in and the heat radiating out from the walls of the gorge. We were soon enough into tree cover, curly palms, and then some delightful rainforest with ferns and oh so clear water.
Clambering over the last rocks and a magnificent, the best I’ve seen, high circular gorge opened before us. A trickle of water was still running down the waterfall, and the rocks themselves were seeping many drips of water, dripping over ferns on the high walls, perhaps 60m high. One fig tree was right up the top hanging onto the rock wall and its roots creeping down the the water complete with a constant stream of water flowing along this tentacle of enthusiastic root growing.
Like these other gorge pools, the water was refreshingly cold and the deed of entering the water had to be done whilst you still felt hot from the walk. With the gorge in shade, it was easy to cool down and not feel like a swim after all. Some found a warm stream which was nice to warm up in. Once submersed, I was able to last for about twenty minutes floating around.
A hot walk back, then a boat cruise along the Chamberlain river gorge. The highlight of which was fish feeding when a fish though my camera was a bug to be spat at and fall into the water to be eaten. It’s not Mr Fish!
A night in dry rice seems to have drawn the copious dollop of water, it was a great shot by said fish.