Kununurra to Broome Via Derby

Trip Start Mar 31, 2011
Trip End Nov 01, 2015

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Kimberly entrance caravan park

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Monday, July 2, 2012

Kununurra to Broome July 2012 Well after a great six weeks in Kununurra we finished off our stay with a 2 hour flight over some of the must see spots of the Kimberly which are, Argyle Dam, Bungle Bungles , Argyle Diamond Mine and all parts in between. We flew in a little Cessna 6 seater which includes the pilot in that number!  It was a little bumpy but none the less fantastic.  Add it to your bucket list.    Our first day back on the road only consisted of a short 250klm drive stopping at a free stay named Spring River which is conveniently located, opposite the road into Purnululu National park, home of the Bungle Bungle's.  There is a caravan park 1k in from the Northern Hwy on this road and we are told its $45 a night.  We found the free stay across the road was safe and secure with many like-minded travellers so we elected to stay here; unhitched our van and took off for the day to visit the Bungle Bungles., which after seeing them from the air , we had to get up close and personal .  The road into the Bungle Bungle is a dirt road of 53Klm to the Visitors centre and allow 2hours to travel it;  not that it’s so rough more that it is twisting and up and down as it cuts its way through the terrain around ranges and across rivers and creeks.   When we got to the Visitors centre we checked in and got the Goss on where we needed to go to see the Bungle Bungles and do a couple of small hikes.  We did one into the Cathedral Gorge and another in to the Echidna Chasm. The latter is at some points only shoulder width and is just amazing how the walls are made up of river rocks encapsulated in sediment from millions of years ago need to see it to believe it.  The driving and the hikes plus lunch took us a whole day and there were other walks that we missed due to a lack of time take a tent next time and stay out there overnight! 

After the Bungle Bungle day trip we hitched back up and headed off  driving 300klm staying at a free stay named "Mary’s Pool" Which was more like a caravan park, there were caravans everywhere just as well it was a large area and we could find a spot.  Anyway on route we stopped off at Halls Creek for fuel of which there was a shortage with only one servo having Diesel.  We believe a two day wait for any others to get their deliveries.  Surprisingly the price was the cheapest we had seen since leaving SA at only $1.63 a litre so there were no pirates making hay while the sun shone, but there were queues to get in to that one servo.  After leaving Marys Pool we drove  to Fitzroy Crossing for the day , where we explored the Giekie Gorge by foot and by boat, by the time we had finished here it was 4 pm and with our next free stay 60K away we headed off reaching our overnight stop on dark at 5.30. (Ellendale Rest area) when we got here the place was almost full but we found a spot without too much drama;   In the Morning when we got up the place was empty; fascinating.  Today we headed for Derby and on route just before the T intersection where left goes to Broome and right goes to Derby we came across some huge boab trees had to take some pictures; (Bloody Tourist).  On arrival in Derby we booked into the Kimberly entrance Caravan Park which was doing a rip roaring business, as were all the other caravan parks at this time of the year. We decided to only stay one night as there was work to be done in Broome and we had promised to be there early July  add to this the Tigers were playing Melbourne and my mate who lives in Broome barracks for Melbourne , so I had to be there to watch it with him.  Also on the surface the town of Derby was relatively small and easy to get around a and see, but I recon we will be back one day and spend a few more days there. There is some good 6 & 12  day, fishing charters leaving from here so will need to check them out a bit next time.  The tide here is enormous the difference between high and low is something like 15 meters one minute its ocean then mud flats and that includes the Jetty area also.  Any boats wanting to load or unload have a narrow window to work in at the Jetty and need to be on their game to match the tides. 

While in Derby we had to check out the Boab prison tree which is said to be 1500 Years old yes that’s right 1500 Years old; Wow!   It’s now fenced off, well sort of so that people don’t harm it by carving their initials in it it’s worth a look if you are up this way, 1500 years old bloody hell  that’s old …..! Oh and still alive even more amazing.

Ok the next blog will be Broome and beyond, we will be in Broome for 4 weeks. How do I know this? Well at the time of finishing this Blog we have already moved on from Broome. I have been slack and not kept the Blog up to date with our real time location.  But I want to keep the places separate so the next Blog will be regarding Broome and where we are now.   Cheers .

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angie & john on

hi guys really enjoyed your blog we also did the flight & it was excellent got a bit rough a few times we are home now got home tuesday we will have a few small trips then we are to south aust end of january or maybe tassie keep in touch hope we catch up

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