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Kununurra

Wild and Wet

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Kununurra was a town we needed to get to urgently as we had run out of most supplies having spent nearly 4 weeks on the Gibb with very little available along the way. It was a fairly short but picturesque 100km drive to Kununurra from El Questro, crossing over the Lake Kununurra diversion dam on our way into town. Before setting up camp at the Kimberleyland Caravan Park we needed to find a car wash and remove a month’s worth of dust from both car and camper. We had been recommended this caravan park by a number of fellow travellers and their advice was spot on, this was a great caravan park. We booked in for 3 nights and set up on an unpowered grassy site right beside Lake Kununurra with a water view that was great to watch the sun set over the lake. The park doesn’t allow generators (yay) or dogs, has a pool, great amenities and is walking distance to the town centre. The cost was $40 a night.

The rest of the day was spent food shopping, getting fuel, organising a car service and tyre rotation, and lots of other little jobs that needed doing while in town. Next day we had booked a boat tour with Triple J Tours which takes you by bus to Lake Argyle stopping at the relocated Durack Homestead and viewing the lake and dam wall with lots of commentary along the way. You then board a large fast boat which takes you down the 55km of the Ord River to Lake Kununurra stopping for afternoon tea at a riverside location. This trip came highly recommended from previous trip research and by fellow travellers and lived up to its reputation and then some. The scenery along the river is breathtakingly beautiful, from freshwater crocodiles basking on rocks, wonderful bird life, gorges, wetlands and a very informative boat driver who went to great lengths to point out wildlife and explain the Lake Argyle-Ord River Scheme as you went along. It finishes with sunset over Lake Kununurra and this cruise is one of the highlights of our big lap so far.

On our final day in Kununurra the morning was lost while waiting for the car to be serviced. In the afternoon we visited the Sandalwood Factory to get Deb a present for her birthday coming up in a couple of weeks, The Hoochery where we sampled a selection of their rums, Kimberley Ornamental Stonecraft which had wonderful rock sculptures made from local zebra rock and great mango smoothies. We also checked out Ivanhoe Crossing which is closed to traffic as the water was deep and flowing very fast over it, and apparently the barramundi fishing is good there at the moment but we didn’t have time to try our luck. At a couple of farm gate stalls we picked up some excellent bananas and papaya very cheaply. On our way back to camp we visited the Mirima National Park, which is right in town, and climbed up Kelly’s Knob lookout which gives great views over the town of Kununurra. We also checked out the Zebra Rock Gallery and drove out to Molly’s Springs to walk the short distance to the waterfall where you can swim. The Ord Co-op on the Weaber Plains Road just out of town has fuel 12 cents a litre cheaper than in town, we paid $1.29 a litre for diesel.

Kununurra is a great town with lots to do and with hindsight we would have stayed at least another day if we hadn’t already booked a camp site in Purnululu National Park. We never made it up to Wyndham and the many interesting places to see around there so that will have to wait for another trip.

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Posted by OzJourney 19:12 Archived in Australia

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