Darwin to Kununurra
15.07.2015 - 22.07.2015 30 °C
Wed 15 July
After leaving Darwin we drove to Berry Springs where we had a swim in the thermal pool.
We then drove to Katherine where we refuelled before going on to tonights campspot at Vince Connoly Crossing rest are. We were very lucky to get in as there are a lot of caravans/motorhomes etc on the road, many more that we have seen on previous trips.
Thur 16 July
Rodney was driving today and we continued westward towards Victoria River and on the way took some photos and video.
The scenery is becoming quite spectacular.
We stopped at Victoria River and took some photos and video from the bridge.
There were some US Marines at the service station so took a photo of some of them as well.
Onwards then towards Timber Creek and along the way stopped at the Noel Buntine Memorial. Noel was responsible for the construction of the Buntine Highway.
Took some photos on the way to Timber Creek and some video as well.
We then stopped at the Bradshaw Bridge which crosses the Victoria River to give Military access across the river to then extensive training ground.
We drove on to Big Horse Creek Rest A rea where we had planned to stay for the night but it was packed so we continied on to East Baines River Rest Area for the night and took a photo of Lissie with a boab tree.
Fri 17 July
We drove westward again calling in at Saddle Creek Rest Area for a comfort stop - the escarpment here is beautiful and there are capok and eucalyptus trees flowering everywhere.
We took the very rough gravel road for 19km into the Keep River National Park to the Gurrandalng Campground then went on a 2 km walk which was excellent. The rock formations are a little like the Bungle Bungles.
Sat 18 July.
We drove north without the caravan to Jarmen Campground.
Then went on the 7.2 km loop walk which took in the Aboriginal At site which was a bit of a disappointment.
Then on to the Jarmen Lookout.
We returned to the caravan and after dinner we lit a fire and sat oround with Glen and Yvonne for an hour or so.
The Keep River NP was well worth the visit.
Sun 19 July
Left Keep River NP and drove to the Northern Territory/Western Australian border where we had to give up all the fruit and vegetables we possessed then continued on to Lake Argyle and booked into the caravan park there. There was some spectacular scenery all the way along the road. The colours of the rock are simply magnificent.
After setting up we went into Kununurra to do some shopping, to have lunch and to fill a gas bottle. Lissie lost her mobile phone leaving it in the cafe where we had lunch.
Mon 20 July
It was washing day this morning and following that we went for a drive over the Ord River Dam to a picnic area below it. We looked for a crocodile without success.
This dam can hold up to 45 times the total water in Sydney Harbour but at the moment only about 18 times. The lake behind the dam is 75 km long. It is the largest fresh water lake in Australia and is man made. It has a surface area of over 1,000 square kilometres and a shoreline stretching over 900 kms. As well as stunning scenery it is home to an estimated 30,000 freshwater crocodiles, 26 species of native fish.
Rodney and Lissie went on a sunset cruise and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Tues 21 July
We departed Lake Argyle and dove into Kununurra and booked into a caravan park. Went into the town and did a bit of shopping including looking at Pink Diamonds for Hiroe but couldn't find one big enough. In the afternoon we have a brief look at Lake Kununurra which borders on the caravan park.
Then we went to have a look at the Mini Bungle Bungles which is quite close to town.
Wed 22 July
This morning we drove out to Ivanhoe Crossing which was the original road from Wyndam to Darwin. It has been blocked now to preventing cars attempting to cross over since at times it could be quite dangerous.
We will be out of range for a while again as of tomorrow so you will have to wait for an update till we are back.