Off to the last frontier of Australia
King Leopold Ranges, Western Australia
Ben our tour guide picked me up at 06.30 from my hostel. One of the girls in my hostel room (Melanie from France) is also on the tour. We are travelling from Broome to Darwin over 9 days in a 4WD truck and there are 7 of us plus Ben. We drove firstly North out of Broome and stopped to view the Boab prison tree. Boabs are funny shaped trees that only grow in the Kimberley; they have fat trunks and short narrow branches, so they look like they have been planted upside down with their roots poking upwards. The prison tree is a massive boab with an entrance in the middle which used to be used to house Aboriginal prisoners on their way to Derby from Broome. At Derby we stopped to have a quick look at the jetty, but it was so hot we all got back on the bus in the comfort of the air conditioning. After much driving into the Kimberley we arrived at our campsite at Windjana gorge, set up our tents, and drove off again to Tunnel creek where we walked through an underground tunnel in water for about 750m. We also discovered during the walk that there was a freshwater crocodile in the water with us! But it's only saltwater crocs that are dangerous to humans. After our tunnel walk we returned to our camp where we went for a short walk in Windjana gorge where we saw lots of freshwater crocs on the river banks and then returned to our camp for dinner. It was a humid night, so we slept without the cover on our tent, which was basically sleeping under a big insect net. It was amazing because the stars were out in all their glory and I could've stared at them for hours if my mind hadn't drifted off to sleep.