A BEAUTIFUL LAKE RESORT
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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FRIDAY JULY 30
JOURNEY: Kununurra, Mirima NP to Lake Argyle
MILEAGE: 22564 KMS
WEATHER: 40 degrees at 10 am
OVERNIGHT: Lake Argyle Resort & CP $25pn no power
We have a tour to the Bungle Bungles booked for next Wednesday from Kununurra, so what to do until then? Our experience at Hidden Valley CP was soured by the heat, unassigned sites and an over crowded park so we decided to check out the Mirima National Park adjacent to the accommodation and then go back to Lake Argyle, 70 kms away.
The national park was deserted early morning and we discovered a new babbler bird- "the grey crowned babbler" and saw lots of red wing parrots. This park is nick-named the “mini Bungles” and the gorgeous red black layered rocks make remarkable surroundings. The track was sandy and easy to follow and it was an hour well spent
We were soon at Lake Argyle and very impressed with the beauty of the surroundings as we approached. The Lake is classed as an inland sea, covers 1000kms and is circled by the colourful and spectacular Carr Boyd Ranges. The lake was formed when the Ord River was dammed in 1971 and irrigates vast areas of agriculture in the Kimberley's.
The resort has grassed camping sites, cabins, general store, restaurant etc and is beautifully maintained
But the piece de resistance of the place is the spectacular spill pool attached to the resort where you can just loll about in cold water under a stark blue sky and temperatures in the 40s don’t seem to matter as much. It is a lovely place to relax for a few days and everyone else thinks so too, because the resort is full each night!!
The Ord River Gorge is a comfortable morning hike up hill with magnificent views of the Ord River.
Happily the weather mad a startling change on Saturday evening and temperatures remained in the 20's into Sunday so we hiked to the old Durack homestead, moved from its original site when the dam was built; the area is attractive with coloured layered rocks and thriving native plants and made our morning walk enjoyable.
There are a lot of birds here and Sheila has been busy adding to her bird list. Once again we located the well decorated bower of the Great Bowerbird and happily witnessed his obsessive housekeeping, busy calls and snatch and grab attacks on the camp sites. The Spinifex Pigeon is a marvellous sight with his extravagant headpiece/crest and exotic colours and he fits in nicely amongst the tall flowering Spinifex. There are lots of soaring Whistling Kites and sitting outside quietly viewing birds and people is a real relax!
The big 4 wheel drive tour buses make a short stop here, do a camp fire and sleep over before heading on to more adventures; we had a good chat with Paddy the guide/driver with Kimberley Xtreme about the region and his experience and he was a very interesting guy-carpenter by trade, guide for the love of it!!
We spend 3 lovely days here and really appreciate the surroundings of our place!