The big croc (no, not a real one!), the meeting of the 5 rivers, Prison boab.
23.09.2016 - 27.09.2016 40 °C
Back in to Kununurra before heading for Wyndham. Megan and I snuck in a visit to one of the diamond shops with Argyle Diamond mine not too far away. The pink diamonds are the attention seeking gem stones, but to be honest, I was drawn to look at the silver boab pendants - those magical trees again. The Argyle diamond mine was only open for visits by flying in, so we left that off our list for this trip.
Steve and I left the kids at the caravan park in Kununurra and day tripped to Keep River NP in the Northern Territory. Another place recommended by fellow travellers - first a stop at a shrinking lagoon to see magpie geese and a pair of Jabiru. Hadnt seen many Jabiru this trip - one briefly on Lake Kununurra but no others. We drove our way through the NP, to the end camp before meandering back on the way out. A 2.5km loop walk amongst the sandstone had trails of sweat running from our brows and down our backs. Worth the effort though. More corrugations, and can you believe it, our new UHF antenna bounced off again! Luckily we detected it, back tracked and retrieved. Decided to thread had likely worn and a new solution was needed.
Whilst in Kununurra, we topped up with a few supplies, including a canvas water bag to help carry cool water, a new water Jerry can to replace a cracked one and then embarked on our drive to Wyndham. Decided on the alternate route along the dirt leading through to Parry Creek farm and then back on to the Northern Highway into town. Wyndham had a wonderful and welcoming small caravan park ( another fab pool that was good for a quiet midnight dip to beat the heat), the massive croc statue in town, the fishing jetties and the amazing sunset look out over the meeting of the 5 rivers - the Ord, the King, the Durack, the Pentecost and the Forrest. On the 2nd arvo, we drove to the Prison boab tree and used up the last rays of sunshine to drop a line or two into the King River - one last attempt for Barra. :-(. A sunset snag of a favourite lure in riverside reeds/grasses ended well with recovery, no Barra and an unwelcome mozzie attack. We left Wyndham early the next morning, dropped in to Kununurra to get two car belts changed over before heading to a free camp outside the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu NP). One of the rare set ups that we've done in the dark -but we opted to travel late in the day instead of checking back into Kununurra for another night. Tomorrow was going to be an early start. Steve would stay at camp with Buddy whilst S M & R would drive the 50k's into the Bungles. Estimated 2 hour travel time with rough roads meant I wanted to be leaving camp at 5:30am - so that we'd be walking before the day warmed up too much.