HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 23

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

Wildflower & Ant - Purnululu National Park

Wildflower & Ant – Purnululu National Park

Bungle Bungle from the air

Bungle Bungle from the air

Bungle Bungle from the air

Bungle Bungle from the air

The Kimberly from the air

The Kimberly from the air

Bungle Bungle

Bungle Bungle

Bungle Bungle

Bungle Bungle

Bungle Bungle

Bungle Bungle

Cathedral Gorge

Cathedral Gorge

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 🙂

Lake Kununurra, (4 of 5) August 2015

The Sleeping Buddha (mountain) at Lake Kununurra

Lake Kununurra, (5 of 5) August 2015

Sunset at Lake Kununurra

Lake Kununurra, (3 of 5) August 2015

Reflections of Lake Kununurra

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!

East Kimberley, (1 of 17) August 2015

First – Kununurra Airport

East Kimberley, (2 of 17) August 2015

Then the township

East Kimberley, (3 of 17) August 2015

Followed by the Diversion Dam

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!!

East Kimberley, (4 of 17) August 2015

Part of the famous Gibb River Road

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 😗

East Kimberley, (5 of 17) August 2015

Very sad looking Mitchell Falls

King George Falls was even dryer than that 😩

King George Falls, (1 of 1) August 2015

King George Falls

We then stopped at Mitchell Plateau in the middle of the Kimberley, for morning tea and refuelling of the aircraft.

East Kimberley, (6 of 17) August 2015

Time to manually refuel

East Kimberley, (7 of 17) August 2015

Awaiting fuel drums

I had to smile at our ‘Lounge’ 😉

East Kimberley, (8 of 17) August 2015

This is it!!

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! 😕

East Kimberley, (9 of 17) August 2015

Private Ocean Villa

East Kimberley, (11 of 17) August 2015

Public amenities

East Kimberley, (13 of 17) August 2015

Infinity pool

East Kimberley, (14 of 17) August 2015

Infinity pool

East Kimberley, (15 of 17) August 2015

Day dreaming…

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 🙂

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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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25 Responses to HDP: Travelling Around Australia, Week 23

  1. de Wets Wild says:

    Happy Birthday! You might not be with family and friends, but you do have all of us, your avid followers, as consolation 😉

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  2. RuthsArc says:

    Happy birthday. It’ll be one to remember in this stunning part of the country. Thanks for sharing your travels. WA looks amazing and is on my list of places to visit, but not in summer.

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  3. Sammy D. says:

    Happy Birthday, Sonia! I am grateful you shared it with us. Your photos are amazing; the ribbons of color in the rock and the imaginative geological shapes. I could almost see the shimmering heat. Do they call that area desert or is there a different climate label that fits? I am SO enjoying what you post -places I’m certain I won’t see in person but through your eyes is definitely second best!

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    • Hi Sammy, it doesn’t surprise me you can almost see the shimmering heat 😊 It’s not a dessert so I guess a better description would be ‘Remote Wilderness’. I’m pleased you’re enjoying the posts minus the heat! 😊

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  4. Ana Moore says:

    Happy birthday, Sonia, Im sure that once you get back home, you will celebrate your birthday with family and friends, as always, beautiful photos, and its nice for me to see you in one of them every now and then!! stunning scenery, hope you got your suntan lotion, take care and keep posting those wonderful photos, love, Ana xx

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  5. Happy birthday!! 😙😍 These pictures are just amazing, I really love seeing parts of my country I would otherwise never be able to! Xxx

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  6. moetbubbles says:

    A very happy birthday. Just loving your photographic journey! Xx

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  7. Happy birthday from the blogging community. And, I’m guessing this will be one birthday you won’t forget. Unbelievable photos. 🙂

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  8. Emily says:

    Those are some incredible views you had! A very happy birthday to you – I hope you are enjoying your day!

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  9. kazg10 says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONIA xxx I hope its a great day for you. Being out in our wonderful country is the best present anyone could ask for. I am so jealous of your beautful photos of our vast and varied landscape it makes me itching to get out there. Thanks for being my eyes this journey and I cant wait for your next instalment. Dont forget to relax though 😉 Cheers!

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    • Thank you Kaz. ‘Relaxing’ seems like it’s disappeared from our vocabulary, only appearing at the end of exhaustion! There is SO much to see and do that it’s become all consuming. I think part of the reason is, I’ve said ‘I won’t be coming this way again’ as I’m having issues with the relentless 35 degrees and can’t wait to get somewhere cooler although that won’t be for a while – yet. I’m glad I’m being your eyes though 🙂

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  10. GF-Chopstix says:

    A very Happy Birthday, Sonia! What a way to spend your birthday – even if you are not surrounded by more family and friends, that sure is a special way to spend your day!
    Lake Kununurra is so beautiful, and the aerial shot of Bungle Bungle is fantastic. I haven’t searched, but is this the area where people have built homes under the ground because it gets so unbearably hot?

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