So we’ve used Kununurra in Western Australia (WA) as a base for a week. It’s the final frontier of Western Australia before we head across the border to the Northern Territory (NT). A cruise along Lake Argyle and the Ord River was our last trip from here. It was truly amazing – albeit a long ten hour day!
I was reluctant to go and see Lake Argyle thinking, ‘I’ve seen SO many lakes already’ but was really glad I went, as its like no other.
‘Lake Argyle, near Kununurra, the biggest manmade lake in the southern hemisphere. Created by the Ord River Dam, it’s classified as an inland sea and at its peak in the green season Lake Argyle holds a staggering 32 million cubic metres of water. That’s more than 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour.’ – Quote from the Lake Argyle link.
Getting right into the swing of things, I didn’t hesitate when they asked who wanted to have their photograph taken with the Skipper. I was up there, so here I am… 🙂
There was several bush fires making the first part of the lake eerie.
We stopped for a beautiful buffet lunch and a chance to have a swim in the fresh water lake that is Lake Argyle, full of freshwater crocodiles. I didn’t go in, but I’ve become more relaxed in learning that the’d rather not bite you and will only do so, if you torment them. Their snout is very thin and fragile only made for eating small fish. If they tried to bite you, their snout will break and it’ll take them one slow year before they die of starvation. So you see, it’s in their best interest NOT to bite you. I can breathe easy now …
Then we crossed the Ord River Dam.
The wild life in the Ord River is truly amazing…
This tiny, weeny tortoise is so small it could fit in the palm of my hand. The colours are reflections of the red cliffs and blue skies.
A Jesus bird – so called because it appears to be able to walk on water. Check the size of its feet!
A harmless freshwater crocodile sunning himself…
I’ve never seen Pelicans up on trees, I usually see them on street lamps or in water. It was refreshing for me to see this guy up there looking so natural!
The reflections and scenery were spectacular.
We stopped to watch the sunset on the river before we disembarked and were taken back home.
This marked the end of a very long, sunburnt day here in the East Kimberley Region of Western Australia.
This is our farewell to Western Australia. We’ve been here for four months, it’s getting hot and it’s time to leave!
We might be making a runner across the Northern Territory (NT) for two reasons: 1) We’ve already been there and 2) the temperature is now on average 37 degrees Celsius or 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Too hot for me!
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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 🙂