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Lake Argyle and the Ord River

A mighty river system - wow, we had no idea.......

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A short drive from Kununurra, we packed up and moved south to Lake Argyle. Sooo many travellers had recommended it, and all insisted that we needed to do the orange boat sunset cruise. Many spoke of leaping off the boat into the lake for a swim, catching a beer as you landed. Hmmmm that could be worth a go! We checked into the caravan park and booked the last two seats on the sunset cruise for the day. Steve and I would indulge and leave M & R to dogsit. The cruise was fabulous. Lake Argyle is an incomprehensibly humungous man-made lake, holding 19 times the water held in Sydney harbour, with the capacity to hold around 70 times Sydney Harbour. Can you picture it? No, you've really gotta be there. The dam wall responsible is a mere 300 metres + long. Building works over three seasons from 1969 - 71 - a massive undertaking with widespread effects for the region. The Ord river is such a mighty river system- the views of it as you drive into Kununurra are breathtaking - vast, vast flowing waters. Apparently it boasts the second highest flow rates of any river system in the world - 2nd only to the Amazon. The waters of the Lake Argyle (fed by the Ord) can also boast waves that run metres high but not at this time of year. Very relaxing, floating around on a noodle reaching into the floating bar for another drink and some nibbles. Calm vast waters - that we were sharing with 20-30 000 resident fresh water crocodiles. Lots of Pelicans, egrets, magpie geese and spitting 7 spotted archer fish amongst our companions. Megan and Rory enjoyed their own cruise two nights later without Mum and Dad to cramp their style. Back at camp, we also enjoyed the 'infinity pool' that overlooks the lake. The Today Show were visiting next Monday to film this special place - a little tempting to hang around but Wyndham and the Bungles were beckoning us. We said goodbye to Lake Argyle and April and Keifer ( mother and 4 yo son) who we had kept crossing paths with since Ellenbrae Station on the Gibb.

Posted by slamrs 20:53 Archived in Australia

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