THE WONDERS OF WEIRD WYNDHAM
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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MILEAGE: 22753 KMS
JOURNEY: Kununurra, Zebra Rock, Wyndham
WEATHER: 22 degrees at 10 am
OVERNIGHT: Wyndham Caravan Park, $22 pn
We had a chill out day at Kimberleyland by the lake on Friday but were distressed trying to catch up emails, banking, Travelpod etc. because the internet had slowed right down and kept dropping out, apparently a Telstra problem. We got up at 6am Saturday to better outcomes.
By the time we did grocery shopping, waited for Liquorland to open at 12 noon to get some more excellent Shiraz at 5.99 each (it was with an additional 20% off when we first bought it last week) but is still a good buy and excellent quality, it was 12.30 when we left Kununurra.
Sheila really liked the "zebra" stone that is found only around Kununurra so we called in at the Zebra Rock Gallery” just out of town and spent some time looking at the pieces but nothing grabbed us so we checked out the workshop and café where we bought a piece of absolutely scrumptious carrot walnut cake to have with coffee under the huge mango tree in their garden.
The day had warmed to mid 30's and it was a short drive to the weird town of Wyndham, WA’s most northerly town, 100kms from Kununurra and 3216 kms from Perth.
It is a port for the cattle industry and we noticed a herd of Brahman cows penned and awaiting transport but could not see that much else happened here. Most of the buildings are abandoned and derelict; there is a pub, supermarket, junk shop, dodgy looking fish and chips hut, a museum celebrating what Wyndham once was. The huge meat works closed in 1987 and we guessed things went down hill from then on.
The tourist brochure says: “today the town abounds with attractions that only the most adventurous traveller will unearth.”
We read that the gulf here is home to the largest salt water crocodiles in the world and there is a large concrete croc. at the entrance to the town.
We took the steep winding road to Bastion 5 Rivers Lookout to view the Ord, Forrest, Pentecost, Durack and King Rivers reach the Cambridge Gulf and it was awesome. We wandered around the town and then checked into the Wyndham Caravan Park, that looked a bit “no-go” at first glance but we had a nice grassy spot in the sun with the resident wild donkey. The other campers looked like decent citizens, the showers and toilets were clean and we settled into a restful evening with BBQ lamb with beetroot, lentil and fetta salad and our newly acquired shiraz.
The stunning boab tree was in our yard as was the big arrogant wild donkey who looked a bit threatening when he walked towards you; we saw him pick up a camper’s chair and poke his head into the back of a van. We slept with the back doors closed, just in case he came by to check us out.
Sheila lazed in front of the TV and Kath did some blogging- it is hard to keep up with internet intermittent and with us doing so many adventures.
Kath is typing this as we leave Wyndham as a word document to be loaded onto Travelpod when we next get internet,
We left Wyndham at 7am Sunday, stopped at Doon Doon roadhouse 110 kms away for a bacon and egg muffin and iced coffee. We are not sure how far we will drive today depends on the conditions, the driver and the suitability of the site.