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Published: June 22nd 2017
Tranquil Bay landing
Koolama Bay is named after an Australian ship that was bombed in these waters by the Japanese in WWII. Most of the 160 passengers and crew took refuge in local bays and eventually made it to safety at Wyndham.
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We had a brief Anzac moment at dawn today with the Ode, the Last Post (a recording) and a two-minute silence. Then we continued on our way to Koolama Bay at the mouth of the King George River. This is 170 NM from Darwin, across Bonaparte Gulf which is locally known as Blown Apart Gulf. Luckily we had good weather and cruised through the night, with only minor ship movement to remind us that we were underway.
In the morning we boarded the Explorer and went ashore at Tranquil Bay for a walk around. A pretty spot with a beach, a lagoon and small waterfall. After lunch the Explorer took us about 15km up King George River to the King George Falls. At 83m high, this is apparently the second tallest falls in WA.
The Kimberley geology is interesting. This area is mostly Warton Sandstone overlaying King Leopold Sandstones that are 3km deep and deposited 1,840 million years old - approaching half the age of the Earth. There has been little or no earth movements over time (except for uplift over the whole region and continental drift, I suppose) and the sedimentary layers are therefore pretty undisturbed and horizontal. It experiences
Foot and shoe wash
A clever and practical way to wash the sand off after a shore excursion.
very distinctly different wet and dry seasons.
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