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Lake Argyle

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sunny 31 °C

We left Purnululu at 5:30am as we had a big drive back to Kununurra to get fuel and a few groceries before continuing on to Lake Argyle Resort where we had booked an unpowered site for 2 nights. The drive through the ranges as you near Lake Argyle is very scenic with lots of greenery and rocky escarpments. On arrival at 12:30pm we were greeted by a staff member who gets you to check in then asks you to follow him on his bicycle to your site. We managed to score a great site on lush green grass with a hilltop view to the valley below and across to a rocky escarpment which changed colour around sunset.

The resort is a very busy place with a steady flow of caravans, camper trailers and small tour groups coming in the front gate all day. Luckily we were camped down the back end of the park which was quiet and away from the tightly packed powered sites and associated comings and goings. The park is very well run with lush green grassy areas looking out over the lake, a large beer garden which has a bar and bistro with entertainment on most nights, helicopter flights from the resort and cruises on the lake. There is also a very nice infinity pool on the cliff overlooking the lake which offers amazing views while you cool off. We spent the afternoons in and around the pool, reading and admiring the view.

On our first night they had a movie called Kings in Grass Castles playing at night in the beer garden which was a very interesting story of the Durack family who opened up the Kimberley to cattle grazing. The following afternoon the resident muso Steve Case played a selection of his original music on the lawn near the pool with the lake as the backdrop. It was b.y.o drinks and chair, sit back and enjoy his musical story of getting out of the rat race and traveling around Australia for 12 months, and his love of the Kimberley. He also played that evening in the beer garden, this time covers of some great songs.

We used our time here to slow down and catch up on the blog, visit the lookouts over the lake, drive over the dam wall and do a bit of fishing without success. We had originally booked for 2 nights but stayed an extra night as we really liked it here. There isn’t a lot to do here but the views and the relaxed feel of the place make it easy to stay a while. The sunrise on the morning we left was what makes this part of the world so special and was a fitting end to a great stay.

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Posted by OzJourney 04:24 Archived in Australia

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