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Day 14

Halls Creek to Emma Gorge

sunny 33 °C

Left Halls Creek at 8 AM and headed for Kununurra and Emma Gorge. Emma Gorge is part of El Questro, a well regarded tourist facility and private national national Park. It is 65KM west of Kununurra, off the Gibb River Road.

The drive was very interesting with an ever changing landscape, and flora. The Boab trees are plentiful, in pockets, not at all random. Most along here seemed to be in or adjacent to dry water courses.

Warnum (Turkey Creek) is a typical aboriginal community, and Doon Doon seemed to be just a roadhouse. I have a receipt from the Doon Doon roadhouse which I intend framing, it shows the price of diesel as $2.19, yep $2.19/liter.

There was a mix up with the bookings for Emma Gorge so we stayed only one night there and moved into Kununurra Lakeside Resort, which is wonderful, and it is on the lakes side.

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Day 15

sunny 31 °C

We went on a sunset cruise on Lake Argyle today. It was an amazing experience cruising around at or near mountain peaks.
Lake Argyle is the largest man made lake in the Southern Hemisphere and the statistics are mind blowing.
The cruise started at 2.30 and finished at 6PM with drinks and nibblies and a swim for those inclined to jump in with fresh water crocs. hehehe The return to the jetty being in complete darkness.

I highly recommend "Lake Argyle Cruises", operated by Matt and his partner. They are the original tour operators, highly professional and knowledgable.

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Day 14

Halls Creek to Emma Gorge

sunny 35 °C

Left Halls Creek at 8 AM and headed for Kununurra and Emma Gorge. Emma Gorge is part of El Questro, a well regarded tourist facility and private national national Park. It is 65KM west of Kununurra, off the Gibb River Road.

The drive was very interesting with an ever changing landscape, and flora. The Boab trees are plentiful, in pockets, not at all random. Most along here seemed to be in or adjacent to dry water courses.

Warnum (Turkey Creek) is a typical aboriginal community, and Doon Doon seemed to be just a roadhouse. I have a receipt from the Doon Doon roadhouse which I intend framing, it shows the price of diesel as $2.19, yep $2.19/liter.

There was a mix up with the bookings for Emma Gorge so we stayed only one night there and moved into Kununurra Lakeside Resort, which is wonderful, and it is on the lakes side.

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Day 13

Aerial tour

sunny 33 °C

Today was spent in the air. We did the “touristy” thing today a chartered a plane from Halls Creek to take us to Wolfe Creek Crater and the Bungle Bungles. The weather was comfortable with only a slight haze so was good for photographs.

It is one thing to drive around this great piece of earth, but seeing it from the air at around 3,000’ is something else. Flying over places we had driven to a day earlier gave a whole different perspective on the places. In a word, a fantastic part of the world.

Words cannot describe this pristine wilderness, and photos just do not do it justice.

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Day 12

Halls Creek and surrounds

sunny 31 °C

What a fantastic day we had today. We drove SE and visited Caroline Pool, Old Halls Creek, Palm Springs, and Sawpit Gorge. We attempted to find the “Old Stone House” but after following a rough 4X4 track for 12 KM, we turned back. We later determined we should have gone another 2KM.

Caroline Pool was great, an all year pool, and popular with campers, and easily accessed to the waters edge. Took plenty of pics. 24 hour camping is permitted here.

Old Halls Creek was interesting too. Little of the original infrastructure still exists and there is some activity there. If anyone wanted to “drop out” of society, this is the place to be. Part of the original mud post office still exists and is now undercover to preserve it. Old Halls Creek was where gold was first discovered in WA and there is a monument utilisingthe original shaft. David Carnegie also passed through Old Halls Creek in 1892 while on one of his expeditions.

Palm Springs is located on the Black Elvire River. It is a very attractive picnic spot.

Sawpit Gorge is fantastic and was the highlight of the day. From the carpark one can drive down a steep track into the river bed and cross to the picnic area. It is not dangerous if you are careful with the descent. During the descent someone in my vehicle was having kittens and palpitations.

The river is not deep at the crossing but past the crossing it is deep enough for swimming. The river is overlooked by a high rock cliff on one side with trees and shade plentiful opposite.

After lunch and having taken many pics we packed up to leave. At this time the same person was getting excited about how we would be getting up the steel bank, to leave. Obviously we made it.

On the way back we stopped in at “China Wall”. China Wall is an expose quartz reef which in some places is as high as 6M. Quite spectacular and unusual.

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