Fantastic Sunset & A Pool To Die For!

Trip Start Jun 19, 2010
Trip End Oct 03, 2010

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Lake Argyle Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 33 to 34 – July 21 to 22   Written by Stephen

Lake Argyle

Suzanne and I got up early and watched the sunrise at 5.30am and went for a walk further down the creek and had a chat to one of the guys who pulled in just on sunset last night, they have been on a three month fishing safari and they appeared to have caught plenty but they have driven in to some very remote country and have boats so they have made the most of it.

Rechecked all the trailer plug connections before packing up and heading in to Lake Argyle. It seemed very strange to be in a caravan park with people all around but great to have power, water and showers. No problem with water here you can use as much as you like as the dam is never any chance of getting low as it is completely refilled every wet season up here. Suzanne put on 4 loads of washing (apparently 3 of the loads were my clothes as I am always getting filthy getting the van set up and packed down and changing tyres and trailer connections hasn't helped me keep clean).

We have an early lunch as we are struggling with the changeover to WA time which is 90 minutes behind the NT so we are having lunch at 11am instead of 1pm like we have been. The sun rising so early compels you to do so also to make the most of your day as it also sets pretty early – about 5.30pm. I set up the rods as Daniel is really keen to catch a '’Barra’’ – unfortunately everyone I have spoken to has had no luck and the locals advice is that the water is so cold and the unusual rains they have had in the dry season this year has put all the fish into hiding. We are still determined however and cast lots of lures/soft plastics and have some baited rods out but only very little fish about picking the baits to shreds.

We fished down below the dam wall where a great pipe gushes water out from a Hydro Electricity Station and the tour boats that travel down the Ord river back to Kununurra depart from. We did see about 4 crocodiles sunning themselves on the rocks across the river from us and once one of them dived in and started swimming up the river we thought time to pack up. Checked out the boat ramp on the lake side within the dam – no good for fishing here too much weed, but couple of houseboats moored in the inlet gave rise to what an ideal way to spend a couple of days here putting around the lake trolling a line behind and  camping out on the water overnight (might be something Suzanne and I do when we drop by next time without the boys).

Back to the park in time for the boys  to have a swim in the pool  (it has an affinity edge – so looks like it has no edge at all) it was very chilly (rivalled the pool at Cloncurry from our last trip for coolness). Was a magic sunset up there as you are right on the side of a cliff and you are looking out over the lake and some great colours coming from the cliff faces and islands across the inlet/bay that the caravan park overlooks. Back to van for tea, the breeze has picked up so may have to batten down the hatches later. We watched DVD’s after tea (rare treat) and floated off to sleep. Had to get up later to fold awning up as the breeze was really gusting through.

Dinner:  Taco Wraps

Nice relaxing sleep in this morning as we leisurely got up and had brekky and showers. Suzanne and I did some research/planning and the boys got some free time to catch up on diaries and playing DS because they have been so good so deserved a treat. I did some mucking about with the battery boxes and I got some advice from a guy I met at the pool and he said don’t plug the Anderson Plug in until after the car has started as it may be the surge from the starter motor in the car that is blowing up the fuse in the battery box (will try this and see what happens). Also took the 12volt shower apart and figured out why it wasn’t working and got it going again – so a big fix up morning.

We all got stuck in and gave the car a good wash and most of the van – you cannot believe how much red dust gets caked on. Seeing as we were at Lake Argyle there is no restrictions here on water you can use as much as you like so we made the most of it – just got to work out how to send some down south where NSW, SA and Victoria need it. Pancakes for lunch saw us living the high life but we only got the morning off as we had more sightseeing to do in the afternoon.

We hiked the 2km’s over to the Durack Homestead which had been relocated by dismantling and rebuilding piece by piece as it needed to be shifted when they dammed the valley and flooded the area that is now Lake Argyle. It was an interesting home with lots of memorabilia of the Durack family (one daughter won a gold medal in 100m freestyle at 1912 Olympics –Fanny Durack and another daughter wrote stories of life up in the Kimberley for her family – Mary Durack). Rooms in the house were laid out with chairs, tables, tools, period clothing and one room was dedicated to Aboriginal artefacts. The lady at the museum was most helpful and interested in trying to trace the D.T.Durack whose name was carved into the Boab tree at Bullita Homestead in Gregory National Park that we visited. The birdlife at the homestead was also interesting as the resident Bower Birds were in the process of courting so the male was building nests and the female was tearing them down – so he was working hard for her affection.

On the return back to the van we deviated of the path to the cliff lookout which had spectacular views over a few of the bays of the lake and right over the caravan park and boat ramp where we saw two afternoon cruise boats leave. The boys had great fun yelling out and hearing their voices echo down through the surrounding canyons. Back to the van for the boys to have a quick swim and then showers before we drove up to the water tower lookout to watch the sunset we were the only humans there but there were literally millions of flying insects so we just watched the sunset from inside the car.

Had a big feed of satay chicken and vegies on skewers (they were yum and plenty of them) and then we sat and watched a DVD as a bit of a treat (a treat seemingly for the boys anyway) before tucking in for the night.


Camping:             $   90-00  (2 nights)   
Weather: Sunny and 31 deg. Windy on first night.
Dinner: Chicken Satay skewers and rice
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mum sydney on

dont dust out yet theres plenty more in the top end

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