Another place, another time.
12.09.2010 39 °C
After leaving Litchfield NP we spent another night at Katherine and this time stayed at a 'Rolls Royce' of caravan parks. Beautiful shady trees and even mango trees, huge bathrooms and shady swimming pool. The only downside was the amount of cane toads they have. We're surprised they don't have cane toad hunts. They could send them up to Darwin markets for purses and such things.
This blog has to be dedicated to 3 family members who are all special and have a birthday this month. Annie our sister-in-law, Nicholas our nephew and Jean - Mum. For other people we know, forgive us if we have forgotten your birthday but our Dutch (perennial) toilet calendar is in storage (Brisbane)!! We already have a hard time remembering the day and date each day.
The temperatures are a blistering 36-39 during the day and about 25 at night (yuk). I never would have believed that I would say that the temp. is cool when it is 34/35 but it's true. We have seen a few people getting around Australia in varying forms of transport. Mad I say but their idea of adventure is different I guess.
We had a long drive to WA. Along the way we saw amazing rock formations and again the red rock and soil. The colours/hues. It would be an artist's or photographer's dream. We are now officially 2 hours behind you in time and probably now in the same time zone as Dean in Hong Kong. So if you get a call at a weird time from us it's because we have forgotten that we are in the western time zone.
I will put in a map of this part our journey here because I am sure like ourselves you will be wondering about the areas we are talking about (unless you have been there). We have already done about 11,000 kms in total.
Also boab trees started to appear in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They are 'characterful' trees. They have no leaves and appear to be dead but during 'the wet' they come to life with lots of leaves. They are pretty impressive and can live up to 1500 years or more. Artists love to create pictures of them.
At the border we had to throw out any fruit and veg. we had because of fruit fly and they check every vehicle coming through. Even our cane toads are unwelcome! They are supposedly not in WA but are fast approaching. Kununurra already has some but they are trying very hard to eradicate them. Unfortunately there are no shops over the border to buy new stuff fruit/veg. We had heard from one nomad that there is a guy living in a shanty on the border who gets to live off the fruit and veg. we throw out. Clever guy.
Our caravan park (Lake Argyle caravan park) was overlooking Lake Argyle. What a view. Even better was the 'waterhole' there. The water was really cold and beautiful. Geoff thought it was freezing. During the day it was perfect for both of us. Check it out.
The Ord river was dammed which created lake Argyle. Unfortunately (or fortunately for all the farmers) the Durack family who lived there, had to move their station called Argyle Downs further up. They owned millions of acres of land for cattle. I'm sure they made a fortune from it.
The benefits for the whole area meant that the soils were really, really rich for crops such as fruit and veg. Now they produce most of the supplies for WA. It is a huge area and growing and benefits everyone here. You would do very well if you were a crop farmer here.
This last photo was for you Murray!
We decided against cruising lake Argyle and opted to take a cruise on the Ord river (such decisions to make). So we went to our next destination which was Kununurra. There we took a 5 hour cruise on the Ord River. Spectacular.
There are so many beautiful photos I can't put them all in the blog but you can check out the photos on the right hand side which will show others. By the way we can't see the fresh water croc or the rock wallaby in the photos either.
Geoff wanted to buy me an argyle diamond (pink) but nearly gagged when he saw the price of a spec. It was smaller than a pin prick and they wanted $380. You could hardly see it. Of course I would want something more substantial than that and the prices went up to the millions for 'earring size' diamonds. The only way now to see the argyle diamond mine is to fly there and not liking those little aircraft we opted not to. So not wanting to disappoint his wife he took me to a place on the Ord river where they sell zebra rocks. We had a lovely devonshire tea there, fed the fish - the photo of Geoff fish feeding is for you Murray. Geoff then purchased me some zebra rock. A huge rock at that which was big enough (and only good enough) to be used as a paper weight. The rocks are from a quarry and that is how they look once they have been cut and polished. Clever people then create art on them.
We also had to take a photo of those adventurous people who 4wd across waters such as this landmark. Everyone takes a photo of this crossing. We would like to think our motorhome could handle some water but didn't want to risk it!! Sir Ivanhoe himself?
We left Kununurra saddened that we couldn't complete a Bungle Bungles trip. Not being a big fan of the small planes that are on offer to see a bird's eye view of them, the only other option was to take a 4wd trip to see them. It is expensive and a long drive to get into the Purnululu National Park and so hot, that taking the walks that are 'must see', was way too hot. It is a good excuse to come back in a cooler time. The hot weather has come too early and they are expecting a long, hot and wet summer. If we had left a month earlier we would probably have encountered a cooler temperature.
Heading for Broome was about 1000kms so we had to break the journey and stay at Fitzroy Crossing. Again very hot but a lovely caravan park so we spent time in the swimming pool. The following day we did yet another cruise on the Fitzroy River and saw Geike gorge. We did the early cruise at 8am and it was beautiful. The boat had no roof so after 1 hour that was enough sun for the day!
Next stop Broome but along the way we saw some brolgas and an interesting road sign that we are seeing around the top end. Haven't seen any frilly lizards yet (dead or alive) thankfully. We have also seen so many termite mounds of differing shapes and sizes. You would never build a wood house again!
That brings us up to date right now, we arrived in Broome yesterday.