Kununurra to Derby
23.07.2015 - 29.07.2015 32 °C
Thur 23 July
We departed Kununurra and drove towards Wyndham. The Cockburn Ranges in the morning sunlight were spectacular.
After disconnecting the caravan from the car we drove up to the 5 Rivers Lookout (The road is too steep and windy to accommodate caravans). The scenery from up here is stunning.
We drove all around Old Wyndham and New Wyndham and ended the tour out here at some Aboriginal Dreamtime statues and a crocodile statue.
The next stop was at the Grotto. We have camped here before but now it has been designated as day use only.
It was then back to the junction of the Victoria and Great Northern Highways for tonight's stop at the Cockburn Rest Area.
Fri 24 July
We left the rest area quite early this morning and drove towards our overnight stop for tonight. All along the way the scenery was absolutely stunning.
The following photos were taken between Cockburn and Turkey Creek (Warnum).
Took a photo of Rodney, Alyssa, Hiroe Yvonne and Glen at our morning tea stop.
We finally arrived at Spring Creek Rest Area and luckily we arrived just in time to find shady spots. Rodney and Lissie will be going on a 4WD bus trip into the Bungle Bungles tomorrow.
Sat 25 July
Took Rodney and Alyssa to the Tour 4WD bus at 6.45 this morning then came back to the caravan to try and do some maintenance on the van fridge. It's not cooling enough on gas so disassemble the gas burner and jet and tried to clean them up a bit so hoping it all works now (the flame is now blue so that's a bonus.
Took a couple of photos around the campspot.
Sun 26 July
We left Spring Creek Rest Area right on 8.00 am today and headed south. First stop was at Halls Creek to refuel and we though take on water in our caravan tanks. The Info centre wanted 20c per litre so we gave it a miss. Took a photo of the Russian Jack statue. Russian Jack wheeled a mate over 300 km in a hand made wheelbarrow trying to get medical help. His mate died on the last stretch.
Did a little shopping then continued on our way and had lunch at Mary Pool. We thought we might stop here for the night but it was packed out. Took a photo of an interesting tree here.
After lunch we drove on southwards to a lookout near Louisa Downs.
The onwards again to Ngumpan Cliffs Rest Area where we set up to stay the night. The views from here are great. There were a flock of Spinifex Pigeons just near where we have camped..
Mon 27 July
The Sunset from Ngumpan Lookout last night was magnificent so had to take a photo.
The early morning views were also great.
As we drove down the highway (Rodney at the wheel) I took the opportunity of taking a few more photos along the way.
We arrived in Fitzroy Crossing and after checking with the Information centre on the road conditions out to Winjana Gorge we were advised not to undertake it as there was a very large water crossing over 200 metres wide and about 400 mm deep. We decided to do the Geiki Gorge boat trip instead. The rock formations along this gorge are quite beautiful. There were a few fresh water crocodiles as well.
After to boat trip we drove down the highway and it was getting quite dark so we pulled off the road into a gravel pit for the night.
Tues 28 July
This morning we left at a leisurely pace and ended up at The Boab Rest area. We are about 100 km from Derby which we have booked into a caravan park for the night tomorrow.
Wed 29 July
We headed towards Derby this morning and on the way stopped to have a look at the Prison Tree. It is reputed that Aboriginals were kept in the tree hollow awaiting transportation into Derby Gaol.
After booking into a caravan park we went for a drive down to the Derby wharf. The tide here at times exceeds 10 metres.
It has been extremely hot today and we are hoping for cooler weather soon.