Arrived at El Questro Station yesterday afternoon , Friday, after visiting Wyndham, a small town, the northern most town in W.A. The drive up the very steep hill to the lookout over the town, wharf, mudflats and 5 rivers was worth it, just spectacular! We had iced coffees ( cappuccinos are getting 2nd choice on this trip), at the Rusty Shed cafe, quite cute. Then we took an off-road track to the local spots. We visited some caves with aboriginal art and Dennis climbed up rocks and along a ledge, he was up there for ages while I made some observations at the base and found many rocks with sea bed fossilisation patterns from thousands of years ago. There was also a billabong / creek with blue water lilies surrounded by pandanus palms, a pretty spot. We were very privileged to watch a brolga dance I can only guess they were courting. On the way back we noticed there were 3, I wonder who did the better dance? After that we checked out the reservoir and the Prison Boab tree believed to be the largest in captivity! We saw a short cut on the map to El Questro which would cut off 40 klm but came across a shut gate saying 'Stockroute, road may be in disrepair, use at own risk', I talked Den out of it so we had to retrace our track. Later we caught up with someone who used it and it was fine, dam!
El Questro Station, a huge tourist business, everything costs big time our unpowered site $20 per person per night plus park pass for 2 days and all charters boat, plane, helicopter, 4 WD tours, fishing charters and horse riding cost heaps, consequently we did our own thing. Living outdoors has it's moments and one happens at dusk, I have been bitten by many varieties of the insect kind. They are very itchy and keep on itching when I get hot, I bought this chemists own brew which was recommended but I blistered and rubbed it in bed and tore my skin which was weeping clear fluid. Not a happy camper tonight. Hope tomorrow gets better!