New South Wales (check), Queensland (done), Northern Territory (complete). Western Australia - here we are! First stop, Kununarra.
Once checked in, (to probably the only place with it's own wild crocodile which comes up to the park's water edges each afternoon), minus our fruit, veges and honey but plus 1 and 1/2 hours (due to crossing the state border into Western Australia), we made our way to check out some zebra rocks. Zebra rocks are rocks which when polished, are super shinny resemble zebras due to the different colour patterns. While we were there, the boys also got the opportunity to feed some monster catfish and grunters from the Ord River.
Next day, we decided to get going early (and minus the caravan) and head off to check out a few of the attraction based on the famous Gibb River Road.
First on the list (after the mandatory photo shoot under the road sign), were the Zebedede Thermal Springs, which are part of the El Questro cattle station. Getting to El Questro was fairly easy, as it was not far from where the tarred road finishes and the 600 odd kms dirt road begins. The springs were great, not too hot and not too cold, and set within a tropical setting.
It was hard to leave the springs (notwithstanding that they actaully kick you out anyway at 12.00 as only paying customers are allowed!), but we had more to check out. Next thing, lunch at Home Valley station, via the Pentecost river crossing.
The Pentecost River crossing is the 'postcard' river crossing of the Gibb River Road. After driving around 30 kms of famous red dirt, we reached the river crossing. Lucky there was a car crossing at the time, as the river looked wide and deep and we started to think our car would not make it across. Anyway, no need to worry, the crossing proved fairly easy, but still exciting. Only bad thing was that mum refused to get out and walk across first so we would have a few photos of us crossing!
Home Valley Station looks amazing. Definitely a place to put on the 'must come back' list. For lunch we had buffalo burgers and barra and chips.....all good.
After a quick dip in the resort pool, we headed off to the next attraction, Emma Gorge. Emma Gorge is back to near the start of the Gibb River Road, but is an hour trek each way from the car park. Although the trek was rated medium, we all agreed it was bordering on difficult to why bother!, bt after getting to the end, it was definitely worthwile. The swimming hole was crystal clear, cool and refreshing.
Once refreshed, we decided to call it a day and head back to the caravan. Overall, even though we only had a small taste of the Gibb River Road, is was easy to see why people flock to the other side of Australia to travel a long, rough dusty road.
After a good nights sleep, mext on our Kununarra adventage was Lake Argyle. The lake was actually some 70 kms back towards the NT border, but again well worth the trip, if for nothing else but the scenery/views of the lake and the surrounding hills. Also, we had to check out the 'Infinity Pool', which is easily the best looking swimming pool in the world! (That said, we were also told it is also probably the coldest, so we didn't get in!).
On our way back to town, we decided to check out a previously received tip and see if we could catch some fish at the Ivanhow Crossing. The crossing is an old, disused river crossing just outside of town. It was here that I'm sure I got my first bite on a lure. Unfortunately, tter how hard I pulled, I just couldn't pull the barra in. Eventuately my line broke and my lure was gone. Strong fish them barra, some would say just as strong as a snag!)
Hmmm.... not much else to report from Kununarra, other than standard gatherings at 4ish to have a few ales watching the sunset. Tough life this, what day is it now!