HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 22

This week has been a little bit quieter – by choice. From Broome we made our way to Derby with a lot of nothing in-between. Derby is a small little country town in the Kimberly Region of Western Australia with a few natural attractions near by, so we used it as a base. The first thing we went to look at was the jetty. Now, I’m not a fan of black and white photography (it’s not my reality), but this particular shot, I felt really suited it, so, here it is!

Derby Jetty 1

Derby Jetty – tide out

Here it is in colour with a nearby bush fire giving it the orange glow…

Derby Jetty – tide in

From Derby we went to Windjana Gorge National Park which has over 70 fresh water crocodiles. The gorge is carved by the Lennard River through the Napier Range, which exposes the ancient reef system, regarded by geologist as a classic feature of world geology. The river has taken millions of years to erode out the gorge. At one stage river gravel containing the fossil remains of extinct crocodiles and turtles, accumulated in a cave 40 metres above the present river level. One of the crocodiles represented among the fossil bones was a giant form about 7 metres long! Luckily, the ones we saw were not that big!

Windjana Gorge NP, (2 of 11) August 2015

One of the ‘freshies’ enjoying a ‘Siesta’ 🙂

Windjana Gorge NP, (3 of 11) August 2015

Mr Oz getting close and personal – as he does!

Windjana Gorge NP, (7 of 11) August 2015

Limestone cliffs that makes the gorge

Windjana Gorge NP, (1 of 11) August 2015

Not much water left in the river

Windjana Gorge NP, (4 of 11) August 2015

Mr Oz in the middle of the Lennard River 🙂

Windjana Gorge NP, (5 of 11) August 2015

Rugged cliff line

Windjana Gorge NP, (6 of 11) August 2015

The river bed 😦

From there we drove to Tunnel Creek National Park. It takes its name from the 750 metre long tunnel carved out of the limestone range by flowing water.

Windjana Gorge NP, (8 of 11) August 2015

Just inside the entrance

Windjana Gorge NP, (9 of 11) August 2015

A young Boab tree out side the tunnel

The following day, we headed to Geikie Gorge National Park which is 18km from Fitzroy Crossing. This gorge is carved by the Fitzroy River through ancient limestone reef. During April to October this river has an abundance of fish and birds which are attracted to its tree line banks.

Geikie Gorge NP, (3 of 3) August 2015

Reflections at Geikie Gorge

Now, where you can see the white line in the photo below, that’s the water level of the river in the ‘wet‘ season! Quite a difference, hey?

Geikie Gorge NP, (1 of 3) August 2015

Pinocchio on the right hand side. Can you spot him?

Geikie Gorge NP, (2 of 3) August 2015

The reflections were awesome…

Geiki Gorge NP, (10 of 1) August 2015

As you can see 🙂

Well, this is it for this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed your trip through part of the Kimberley Region of Western Australia 🙂

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About Retired2Travel

My passion has been for many, many years landscape photography so when the chance came up to retire early, in order to travel, I took it! It made sense then to marry the two (travel and photography) and create this blog. I hope you enjoy it :)
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17 Responses to HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 22

  1. Amy says:

    Beautiful, stunning landscape there. Great photos!

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  2. RuthsArc says:

    Just beautiful.

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  3. GF-Chopstix says:

    I really like the black and white shot of the jetty! The water is so still – like a mirror image. Lovely! I don’t think that I’d like to get that close and personal with a croc, no matter how big or small!

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  4. Ana Moore says:

    Beautiful photos, glad to see you are still having a great time, keep posting, I love hearing from you xx.

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    • Thank you very much, Ana. I love knowing that you’re seeing what I’m seeing without coming to Oz. Although as you know, I love catching up with you and how we pick up the threads, no matter how long it’s been 😍 xoxo

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  5. utterly amazing! Thanks so much for sharing these pictures! Looks so beautiful!

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  6. Oh and I love your cover photo very nice!

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  7. Rob Weir says:

    Looks like a great trip

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