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Published: July 31st 2011
Day 6: We packed up our gear and left ElQ with fond memories. We had all really enjoyed our time there. We were Kununurra bound but stopped in at El Questro owned Emma Gorge. We were at the gorge opening by 8.30am and were back just in time for morning tea at the stunning hotel /restaurant. They charge an absolute fortune for their eco shelters but they served us up the best coffee and chai lattes I've tasted up here so far!
Emma Gorge was beautiful and such a mild climb that I did it in thongs, but perhaps anything was going to look tame after the mountainous El Questro Gorge yesterday.
After our divine snacks we drove the 1 hour into Kununurra and set up camp at Lakeside C.P. which just happens to be where Dad used to stay 22 years ago. It was a lush park with all sorts of added facilities (such as a car wash station) but it was so noisy in comparison to GRR grounds. I didn't like K first up. I thought it was all hustle and bustle and dirt. It did grow on me over the 2.5 days we were there though.
our afternoon poking around town, visiting the Hoochery, Mt. Romance sandlewood factory and The Crossing before retiring to the C.P's pool.
Day 7: It was relax time and although we popped into Lake Argyle and Durak House the day was long and I was ready to leave Kunars by lunch time. We managed to entertain ourselves with lunch at the Croc Club and perusing some Art galleries around town. There just wasn't as much to do in K as I had imagined.
Day 8: We were all pretty tired of swags by now and 2 noisy nights had made sleeping all the more difficult. We were on the road to Halls Creek by 8am, just after a quick Target stop and a look at Black rock on the way out of town.
We wanted to call into Warmun but there was a sign up saying "disaster area no entry" which we obeyed. We got to Halls Creek at lunchtime and spent a leisurely afternoon reading. I was happier to be out of K but felt lucky I only had to stay 1 night in Halls Creek. It certainly does have a bit of a Harlem,New York feel to it. I
On the climb up to Emma Gorge
tried not to wish away the day but I desparately wanted day 9 to come.
Day 9: We had packed most of our nonsleeping camp gear into the car the night before to make getting out of the caravan park by 6am easier. we were due at the airport at 6am with our scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles scheduled for 6:15am
I was super excited and the flight did not disappoint. It was another tick off my amazing things to do list and I can honestly say it was spectacular. I was thrilled we had decided to see them from the air and not treck the 2-3 hours over bumpy terrain to see them from the ground.
After the flight we headed to Fitzroy Crossing and had lunch at Geike Gorge. Although I'm sure it can be beautiful, it was bland after the gorges we had seen on the gibb. Fitzroy looks like a nice place though so i'll have to visit there again when I have more of a chance to look around.
We pulled into my driveway about 3pm. Granny, Grandad and Vegemite were all glad we made it safely back home. Mum, Dad and I were
Kununurra lookout/ beer o'clock and sunset watching spot.
full of stories and photos but we were also happy to be able to boil the kettle and sit on the couch again!
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