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Even though it is a Sunday the road trains still keep on moving in and out of Port Headland feeding the giant ships in the harbour and I am cautious as I drive through Port Headland which still has a lot of roadworks on the main highway.Once through the town the journey becomes more enjoyable and easy,passing the scene of our accident there is nothing to identify it and we are not even sure if we picked the right spot.That is all behind us now as we head for Pardoo cattle station and camp ground.When we arrive there is nothing to suggest that there is a caravan park here other than a sign pointing to reception,it has all the hallmarks of a cattle station with tractors and other farm machinery all around the yard. Unsure of ... read more
Port Headland
Heading out of Port Headland

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberleys May 26th 2014

Day 9 Kimberly Exploration 20 May 2014 Montgomery Reef, WA We were about to see, what is sometimes is unofficially titled the 6th wonder of the world - Montgomery Reef. It was named by Phillip Parker King, a key explorer of the region, in recognition of Andrew Montgomery, the surgeon on his 1821 voyage. We hopped in the zodiacs again after another beautiful breakfast. The weather was overcast, and in fact it rained just before sun rise. I didn't see or hear the storm but saw sunrise. It is a true spectacle to behold as the entire reef appears to rise from the ocean on a falling tide. With tidal differences of over 10m over a single spring tide cycle, nearly 5 m of reef gradually emerges from the ocean, as water cascades down numerous channels. ... read more
David & Tom with ochre face painting to remove evil spirits (1)
Hugging a boab (4)
Montgomery Reef  (4)

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome May 26th 2014

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberleys May 26th 2014

Day 8 Monday 19 May 2014 Talbot Bay & Horizontal Waterfall. One of the wonderful features in the Kimberley has been caused by the positioning of the cliffs and hills. Today was going to be one of those experiences. We were going to see these unusual Falls as well as go on a fast speed boat through a section of them. Just to give as bit of background, the Horizontal Falls is on the edge of Talbot Bay which is located within the King Leopold Mobile Zone. Approximately 1800 million years ago the Kimberley continent collided with the Australian land mass. The ensuing collision caused a massive heating along the boundaries of contact - in effect, the Kimberley's land mass became welded to Australia and thus the Kimberley Region of Australia was created. This caused a ... read more
High tide mark at 12 metres in Talbot Bay
Horizontal Waterfall in Talbot Bay (1)
Horizontal Waterfall in Talbot Bay (2)

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberleys May 25th 2014

Day 5 Kimberly Exploration 16 May 2014 King George River & Falls This was another day we were really looking forward to as we were off to see the King George Falls. Our plan was to hop into the zodiac, motor up the King George River and when we arrive at the falls, to walk up the cliff face so that we can see the falls from above and at different angles. We were looking forward to a swim as well. All that happened. The scenery along the river was spectacular. The sun was shining on the massive cliff faces, with brilliant reds, ochre and black (from the algae). The weather was hot but we had hats and sunscreen on and the breeze was lovely as we motored along in the zodiacs at differing speeds. The ... read more
2 King George Falls Zodiac cruise and hike 16 May 2014 (15)
3 King George Falls Zodiac cruise and hike 16 May 2014 (16)
4 King George Falls Zodiac cruise and hike 16 May 2014 (11)

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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberleys May 25th 2014

Day 6 Kimberly Cruise 17 May 2014 Vansittart Bay, Western Australia We again had breakfast in the Outdoor Cafe in the deck. The choice of what to have is difficult but all is magnificently presented. The crew who serve us in the Cafe, Restaurant and bar, and in fact all the non-exploration/National Geographic staff and Captain, are Philippino. They are all fantastic, friendly, great fun and 'bend over backwards' to ensure our experiences on the boat are faultless. It has an entirely different feel compared with the only other cruise we have been on (the Pacific Dawn). It is smaller therefore has more of a 'family feel', and more personal. We love it! We continue to ensure we meet all our fellow passengers, sitting with different people for meals. On the exploration tours, in the zodiacs, ... read more
Jar Island Kimberley & Bradshaw Art 17 May 2014 (74)
Jar Island Kimberley & Bradshaw Art 17 May 2014 (76)
Jar Island Kimberley & Bradshaw Art 17 May 2014 (67)

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberleys May 25th 2014

Day 7 Kimberly Expedition 18 May 2014 Hunter River & Mitchell Falls Today was going to be a BIG day - Hunter River zodiac tour, Mitchell Falls in a helicopter, Listening to a presentation on "Cataclysmic Cyclones & Terrible Tides", seeing a movie "The Big Wet", attending Trivia (!!!), dinner and then a Show put on by the Philippine Crew. at low tide We got up at 5.30am (ouch!), had breakfast and hopped on the Zodiac for the Hunter River Tour. More SPECTACULAR scenery. Mitchell River National Park, which is 115,300 hectares is one of the Kimberley's two newest national parks. The park lies in one of the most remote and inaccessible country in Australia. It's about 350km north-west of Wyndham. We saw crocs (several who came right up to our zodiac very inquisitively), some birds, ... read more
Hunter River (131)
Hunter River (39)
Hunter River kingfisher Kimberly Sunday 18 May 2014 (119)

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karijini May 23rd 2014

Leaving Exmouth we head out toward Tom Price although we have already decided not to make the full journey in one go. Our journey takes us to a roadside rest area provided by the WA roads dept, toilets are provided but no running water or power.By the early evening there are about 8 other travelers nestled in among the undergrowth we are not overcrowded.With no light pollution the sky gives us a stunning spectacle of bright and shimmering stars, if only I knew the constellations and some of the names of these beautiful stars.No need for an external power source our on board battery will provide all the power we need and our water tanks are full.Dinner under the stars how good is that.Moving on next morning we head for Tom Price a mining town on ... read more
House creek bridge rest area
House creek bridge rest area
House creek bridge rest area

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley May 23rd 2014

Kimberly Expedition Cruise - the 1st part of our 5 1/2 month trip. After the expedition, we spend 5 days in Perth with Adam then fly to Amsterdam & train it to Utrecht to pick up our motor home. From there we drive towards the Scandinavian countries, including Iceland, then to the Latvian countries, Russia, Poland, northern Germany, before dropping the motor home off in Utrecht. We have already sold the motor home to a couple from Darwin so they will take it over in later September. We will then hire cars and use train travel to see the Normandy region in France, and Basque region in NW Spain. We will be flying back to Australia on 16 October. Day 1, 2 & 3 on 12 to 14 May 2014 on the Kimberley Expedition After jumping ... read more
Commencing our Kimberley Cruise 12 May 2014 (1)
National Geographic Orion ship (8)
Presentations by National Geographic (8)

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Wyndham May 23rd 2014

Day 4 Thursday 15 May 2014 Bungle Bungle Ranges, Lake Argyle, Ord River Scheme, Kununurra (see map of our flight path in the photos) Overnight we had sailed to the Wyndham jetty. It was high tide. After a beautiful breakfast we boarded one of the local busses driven by one of the local Councillors (who had lived in the region for 40 years). He took us to the Wyndham Airport (see photos) where we boarded a DC3 plane, carrying 10 passengers + the pilot. We were off to see something which Tom & I had been wanting to see for a long time - the Bungle Bungles. When Tom & Richard drove around Australia in 1968, the Bungles were not even a tourist feature. It took us 45 minutes to fly to the Bungles (Purnululu National ... read more
Flight path over Bungles & Lake Argyle (2)
Flight path over Bungles & Lake Argyle (3)
Argyle Diamond Mine (4)




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