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Trip Start Dec 03, 2013
Trip End Mar 05, 2014

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Friday, January 24, 2014

24th January

Another good downpour and lightning show last night to provide entertainment.

Parked right on the lake edge we enjoyed the sunset, had a chat with George the croc and then hid from the mossies.

The Top End during the wet has so far exceeded our expectations but the bloody insects are a pain everywhere here. More varieties than we can count.

Just as Wally's ankle starts to ease another bite has it flaring up again as well as a wrist.
Top quality nursing up here though.

Customer service isn't too bad either and a trip into the local tourist office had things sorted out with the Timber Creek camp site pretty efficiently. Overcharge of $60 to be refunded along with original accommodation charge of $30.

We were a couple of red faced Pom's though when making the comment that ' we hope that isn't the way camp sites operate in WA'. The cool guy smiled and replied certainly not but NT where Timber creek is might!!!! Whoops.

Wally was also the recipient of a good sledging from the site handyman over the crap cricket performance. I told him it was DC's fault for being cocky on day one of the tour. That confused him enough to bugger off.

Ivanhoe crossing 15km out of town was our first port of call today. We wouldn't be crossing it though and neither will anyone else for a while until the flood waters recede.

In our travels around Kununurra today we found something we hadn't seem for ages. Dirt, lots of it growing a whole variety of crops. All a result of the irrigation project started 50 years ago.

We dropped into the Hoochery the only distillery in WA. The rum cake was fab.
A nice side line from their main farming business.

Into town and a trip up Kelly's knob.

As far as knobs go Jan reckons that it wasn't quite as hard as she expected and the camper made it up the 10%25 gradient quite easily.

It was a pretty hot Knob mind you and her thongs started to melt.

Wally enjoyed the view.

Back into Coles for more supplies and to scratch our head with the licensing laws. With all sorts of folks buying huge quantities of grog for the Aussie Day weekend. When asking where the casks (box) were (these fit in the fridge so well) we were told they can't sell them in the Kimberly's !
Yet you can walk out with 6 bottles of wine.

25th January

Cooked brekkie before we were collected by coach for the 70km trip to Lake Argyle Village, the departure point for a sunset cruise on the Lake.

Being 70km by 40km at its widest point it's a big man made pond teeming with wildlife.
Only six of us on a Cathedral hulled tinnie with 42 life jackets and two Honda 240 HP outboards.

Excellent commentary full of facts and figures. The wild life turned up on cue and performed, especially the fish.

The lake itself is bit of a white elephant to date in terms of serving the farming community it was designed to do as in 40 years no suitable crops have been grown.

The scenery and engineering are superb.

Two opportunities to swim in the lake the last one sipping champagne eating nibbles served on a floating esky lid as the sun set with lightning flashes far far away in the distance.

Excellent all round and well worth the money.

26th January

Australia Day dawned and we set off fairly early with the intention of staying in either Halls Creek or Fitzroy Crossing. We chose the later.

The Great North Highway had been closed due to flooding earlier in the week and the Fitzroy Crossing is the make or break bridge for the route to Perth as far as our research tells us.

Excellent empty roads as usual leaving the ranges and tropics behind back into the flat scrub and huge huge skies.

The Kimberly Range is very bike friendly, great surface and fast sweeping bends. Not a sign of any Police presence in theses parts. The cops are too busy locking up pissed Abo's!

Very blue skies and very black skies and everything in between but no rain on us.

Temperatures from 40C to 26C and from extremely humid to dry heat.

It was pretty apparent where the road had been closed earlier in the week due to the high water levels.

Base for the night the Fitzroy Crossing Lodge another empty caravan park but a busy hotel with live music.

Once again England managed to chuck a game right in front of us. Luckily this time no one noticed we were Poms as there was another one better qualified in the bar!

Great night out although we did have fun finding our way across a flooded caravan park without getting too wet.

27th January

With no major rain during the night we crossed the Fitzroy and continued on Highway 1. Destination Derby and the Kimberly Retreat.

After the first few Km the wide open spaces became tropical again as we head North West.
A bit boring really but things will open up again tomorrow.

Into Derby and a fair hike into town. We both sweated off lunch.
The town is as forgettable as the drive to it!
Apart from the Boab trees which we quite enjoy.
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steve h on

its bloody raining here mate , o and I got married in GHANA JUST BEFORE XMAS ????? ON THE Q/T .

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