It was then that we also decided to do the Triple J Tour on recommendation from Norm and Michael.
|Our dream camp site on Lake Kununurra|
|Hels could not believe .... how lucky!!|
|Even the odd V8 rumble and wakeboarder|
|Looking east along the river at sunset|
|Our panoramic view|
|The van well protected by beautiful big trees|
Commentary was given by Grant the tour guide stopping at various points of interest along the way and using the drop down map to point out the locations. Our tour included a smorgasbord lunch, not knowing exactly what to expect we were again gob smacked as we stopped at their remote site to find eco friendly toilets and tables and benches. As Grant hurried around to get the lunch out on tables we had nibbles and drinks. Another amazing lunch with special Triple J pickled egg salad, no one went hungry and I only heard compliments as Grant quickly packed all the empty dishes and cutlery back in the eskys as we boarded the boat.
As it turns out our tour coincided with the 50 year celebration of the Diversion Dam being built in 1963, this also forms part of the road you travel over when heading west from Kununurra. The diversion dam controls the level for irrigation going out to the Ivanhoe irrigation area while always maintaining a flow in the Ord River and the level in Lake Kununurra. It was because of this dam that the town of Kununurra was established. Later in 1972 the second dam was constructed 55km up stream from Kununurra which created Lake Argyle. As a result of Lake Argyle the wet lands which we travelled through on the Zebra Rock Mine tour (previous blog) became into existence.
It is difficult for me to describe how great it was to travel along this section of river, it's very remote and only accessible by boat so another Kimberley wilderness. I hope the piccies help but still it's one of those experiences that you can't really capture in a photo. We did pass some canoeists who had their swags to travel down camping along the way ...... maybe next time.
|Triple J cruise boat|
|The lower section of the trip|
|3 Yamaha 350 V8's|
|One of many stops when Grant provided detail commentary|
|Our lunch stop, green eco friendly loos|
|This is the narrowest section along the 55km of the Ord. In a good wet season this can rise 6 meters.|
|Grant on the job .... what an office|
|Our first glimpse of the Argyle Dam wall.|
|From the top of the dam wall looking across Lake Argyle|
|Looking back on the Ord where we had disembarked. The hydro powerstation on the right 2 units 30MW.|
|The caravan park pool over looking Lake Argyle, as you cam see a great photo opportunity that couldn't be missed.|
The original Durack homestead (Durack being a pioneering family) site is now under water in Lake Argyle however prior to the Lake construction the stones from the homestead were dismantled, marked and stored until such time as it was rebuilt in its current position. Grave site headstones were also relocated to its present position. Was interesting walking through the homestead as doorways were aligned to create a breeze way from all sides.
|Headstones of the Durack family were also relocated to the grounds|
From the homestead we were transported back to Kununurra with the driver giving us commentary regarding history of the Durack Family. If anyone has the opportunity to visit Kununurra we would thoroughly recommend the 'Triple J Tours'.
Sunday we travelled into Town checking out a few sights before heading out to Ivanhoe Crossing. Couldn't spot any crocs so headed back to camp, set up the chairs and with drink in hand, watched all the week-end river traffic coming back from a day of fishing, sightseeing, skiing & wakeboarding.
On Monday we were up early (even Hels is up as the sun comes up around 5.30am) and drove up to Wyndham, approx. 100km north of Kununurra for the day. Sad to see a lot of the buildings closed and vacant as when we first visited the town back in 1980 the meatworks was still operational and the town was 'alive'. Hels was looking forward to visiting the Bakery as she remembered sitting at the lookout eating the biggest vanilla slice she had ever seen! Unfortunately the Bakery is long gone so had to visit the look out empty handed! Was back in Kununurra for late lunch at the Kimberley Café before coming back to camp for relax and watching the River run by and another sunset (moon rise).
|Wyndham pioneer cemetery, contains 12 workers who died during the construction of the meatworks|
|Wyndham from the lookout|
|Some cool dude looking at Wyndham harour|
|Same cool dude tickling the Wyndham croc|
|Our view while having happy hour drinks|
We set off for Derby on Wednesday after a great 6 days on the banks of the Ord River.