So, it’s my birthday today and it’s not the same being in whoop whoop by ourselves instead of with family and friends 😦
We’re still in Western Australia (WA) and we’ve travelled through this state now for the last four months. So far, we’ve travelled over 19,000 km and have gone through some 2,580 litres of fuel… BIG TRIP!
We’re in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia which is pretty much at the top of Australia and whilst it’s winter here, it has tops of 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) and let me tell you, We won’t be here in summer!!
So, we took a helicopter flight over Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle) and one of the outcrops here, is almost the size of Uluru in the Northern Territory. BIG!
‘The orange and black stripes across the beehive-like mounds, are encased in a skin of silica and algae.’ – See more at: http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/purnululu#sthash.TTBhm02o.dpuf
Kununurra was an amazing surprise for me. I thought it would be a little dusty country town and was beside myself when I saw full rivers like we haven’t seen for weeks! It seems like an oasis in the middle of the desert 🙂
This part of Australia is so remote that to see it, you have two choices. 1) Take the time to see it via 4WD tracks which are slow or 2) fly over it and see most of it in one day. We chose option 2 and took a full day adventure with Kimberley Air Tours.
The day we went was breezy and there was a bush fire – so not ideal photographic conditions. Still, once you’ve made the booking, you have to go!
Ready for lift off? Here we go!
We flew over part of the Gibb River Road (below) which runs for 660 km of rough, slow, dirt along the Kimberley. From what we hear, it does a lot of damage to vehicles and it’s not for the faint hearted. 😳 That us!!
Then we flew over the Mitchell Falls. We’d seen beautiful photos of these falls full of water. Sadly, when we saw it, it was merely a trickle as the last ‘wet’ season was pretty poor 😗
King George Falls was even dryer than that 😩
We then stopped at Mitchell Plateau in the middle of the Kimberley, for morning tea and refuelling of the aircraft.
I had to smile at our ‘Lounge’ 😉
All said and done, we had a glimpse of outback luxury at the Berkeley River Lodge (click on the link for a closer look at it – its worth it!) where we stopped for our two course lunch. Let me tell you, we couldn’t afford to stay there longer than what was part of the tour. It’s only for the rich and famous! That’s not us! 😕
Then we flew back to reality!
That’s enough to share for one week. My senses are over-loaded. I need a rest! 😉
PS: You can now make a comment via email – you don’t have to belong to a Social Media 🙂
I’ll keep writing to a minimum and give you links to places so it’s easy reference for you to look up if you’re interested in a particular location.
As we’re travelling around Australia for X amount of months, I’ll keep the Hump Day Post (HDP) (on Wednesdays) for our journey and will continue to take part in the Weekly Photo Challenge (on Saturdays) – where possible. I’ll repeat this every week, just in case you’ve just joined me 🙂