East Kimberley - Lake Argyle
Trip Start Jan 29, 2012
88Trip End Apr 01, 2013
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The drive across the WA border to the start of the Kimberley Region took us into some beautiful surroundings. The East Kimberley Region covers an area of around 200,000 sq km of Western Australia, and is one of the most remote areas of the country.
Lake Argyle is the largest man-made lake in Australia, covering an area of 1000 sq km, and containing 21 times more water than Sydney Harbour. The Ord River was dammed in 1972 forming the lake.
The magnificent homestead of the Durack family (Mary Durack wrote Kings in Grass Castles and Sons in The Saddles) was to be submerged when the lake was formed, but luckily it was moved before Lake Argyle began to fill in order to preserve it for all time
The house was built using handcrafted limestone blocks with crushed termite mounds used as mortar, it was a magnificent building for its time.
The caravan park had an awesome swimming pool....an infinity pool set atop the hill, offering sweeping views over the lake. It is simply one of the most beautiful settings for a pool of this design.