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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome June 12th 2021

When one thinks of Broome, one thinks of Cable Beach, that long 20 kilometre stretch of beach. On rare occasions it’s paid a visit by salt water crocodiles while camels frequently take visitors on an evening stroll along the shore. The beach has great tidal swings over a 24 hour period and the sand is quite firm and slopes very gently into the ocean. Broome itself, sits on a peninsula with the Indian Ocean to the west and Roebuck Bay to the east. During the morning we body surfed the waves and in the late afternoon we were witness to a glorious sunset. Our day ended with a wonderful dinner for Adele’s 75th at Cichetti’s Restaurant at the Cable Beach Resort. We were surprised by two of the couples from our Kimberley tour at the same ... read more
Flat expanse of Cable Beach
It’s a long walk

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome June 11th 2021

Broome is the major centre in the Kimberley with a population of 16,000. During the dry season it swells by about 50,000. The weather is gorgeous now with very low humidity. In the summer it swelters with rain and high humidity. The day started off with a glorious sunrise looking out from the back of our hotel grounds. Then it was a one kilometre walk into the centre of town to a jewellery shop run by Jill, an ex-patient of ours, along with her husband. I bought Adele a pearl bracelet for her upcoming birthday and we chatted about old times. We joined absolute strangers from Queensland for morning coffee and a bit later chatted with a young couple from Bunbury over lunch. That’s the way it is in Broome—casual and friendly everywhere. On our way ... read more
Sun peeking out.
One of the locals.

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley June 10th 2021

Today we headed back to Broome and “civilization“. It was actually great not to have internet or phone coverage for a few days. After a bone-chilling night at Bell Gorge, we made our way to the town of Derby. The town fell into disrepair some years ago with the flourishing of Broome. Derby has long had a busy port with supplies loaded on the famous jetty. However, today, the only transport by ship from the jetty are mineral resources. Derby is also renowned for having the second largest tidal change of anywhere in the world with a differential of 36 feet. Just outside of Derby is the famous Boab Prison Tree where Aborigines were kept as prisoners in the late 1800s. It is unfortunately, another sad part of Australian history. We saw hundreds of Boabs on ... read more
Derby Jetty
Looking northward from the jetty
Derby Jetty with storage  building

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley June 9th 2021

We hit the rough Gibb River Road again today for about an hour ride until we reached the Bell Gorge. This is a stunning Gorge with a cascading waterfall. During the summer wet season it must be a raging torrent. Now it it merely a moderate flow. We arrived at the top of the waterfall and decided to head to the bottom pool. This entailed a strenuous hike up a hill over boulders and then down on the other side. Everyone was hot and looked forward to jumping in and swimming up to the falls. The swim was strenuous with the falls creating a strong current, always pushing us away. It was a delightful spot with a nearby area for a picnic lunch, What a great way to finish an active morning!... read more
The hike continues
The inviting Gorge
Cascading Falls

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley June 8th 2021

Today we were meant to have two swims, one at Manning Gorge and the other at Galvin Gorge. About 20 minutes from Manning we heard a couple of thuds from the back end of our bus. Our driver and guide, Calum stopped the vehicle and checked; we had a flat tyre. Luckily, we were just a few kilometres from the Mt Barnet Roadhouse. What should have been a one hour delay at the roadhouse turned into two as Calum found that the wheel behind was also flat. Luckily, another driver from the same company was able to drop us off at the Manning Gorge River for a swim. What should have been an hour stopover at the swimming site turned into more than two. When Calum finally arrived with two new tyres, there was just enough ... read more

After breakfast we started out on a medium difficult hike into Emma Gorge (named after the daughter of the original Durack Family who settled in the region). The hike was over large stones and boulders, and at times we were on all fours. At the end of the hike we were rewarded with a pool of water below a waterfall on the cliff face. We took the opportunity to have a swim in the very chilly water. This was a beautiful oasis surrounded by greenery and cliffs. Our next stop was Zebedee Springs. Here we had a short walk to the soothing warm spring water surrounded by an isolated tropical forest. We indulged ourselves in the waters for about a half hour before heading to our accommodation at Home Valley Station, one of the many large ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Lake Argyle June 6th 2021

When people think of Australia they think of dryness and deserts. Well in the the eastern part of the Kimberley there is water aplenty. The morning started with a beautiful cruise along the Ord River. The river and its banks are filled with a plethora of wildlife including crocodiles, bats, pelicans as well as plants of all kinds. The Ord River was dammed in 1963 creating a huge lake named Argyle. This is one of the few times where damming a river has had positive results. Lake Argyle holds 21 times the volume of the water in Sydney Harbour. In the big wet season of 2011, the water level in the lake was equivalent to 40 times the volume of Sydney Harbour. However, the dam is protected by three spillways that redistribute the water into the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley June 5th 2021

The Echidna Chasm was created when an ancient river cut through the northern end of the Bungle Bungles. As the water rushes down during the summer wet season, it transports rocks and boulders along the river bed. At the lower end are the smaller rocks and as you gradually climb, the rocks and boulders get larger. The dramatic thing about the chasm is that the further in you go, the more the 600 foot walls of the canyon close in on you and the air temperature cools significantly. Near the 800 metre mark, the walls of the chasm narrow to the point where you can touch both sides. The vegetation here is different with palms appearing, thanks to the cooler temperature and increasing moisture during the wet season. The rocky walls radiate beautiful shades of orange ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley June 4th 2021

Following our air trip over the Bungle Bungles, it was time to hike into this unusual formation of rocks for a couple of kilometres; initially to Cathedral Gorge which is a natural amphitheatre. It is a huge cavern with incredible acoustics. A couple of concerts have in fact been performed here. The variation in colouring and texturing of the walls in the gorge is stunning. Our final stop was a hike over rocky terrain to Piccaninny Creek Lookout. Throughout our travels, our tour guide Calum, emphasized the cultural attachment of the various Aboriginal tribes to their land and to be respectful of their traditions. A great day was topped off by comraderie with the 10 others in our group, enjoying drinks to view the sunset which unfortunately, was obscured by cloud cover. The geological formation of ... read more
The Amphitheatre

Oceania June 4th 2021

The morning started off with a very special experience–a 45 minute helicopter ride. This was not just any helicopter, but one without doors. We have been in helicopters before, but sitting exposed up in the air felt a bit nerve-wracking. We were assured however that it was an experience not to be missed. How true it was. Flying over the dome and triangular-shaped majestic outcrops was brilliant. Millions of years of water and wind erosion have worked their magic, creating this dramatic landscape which is roughly 600 square kilometres in area. Though the Bungle Bungles were known to early settlers and of course, indigenous groups, they were not “discovered” as far as the general public was concerned, until the 1980s.... read more

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