East Kimberley - Lake Argyle

Trip Start Jan 29, 2012
Trip End Apr 01, 2013

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Lake Argyle

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Saturday, May 19, 2012

We stayed at Timber Creek, and ended up with three other Galaxy caravans at the same place. We had only seen a few on this trip, so four together at the one place was quite something. We ended up making friends with two of the three couples, and as they are travelling in the same direction we will be bumping into them quite often.
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 Argyle Downs Station, owned by the Durack family, was over 1 million acres in size.
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.


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