17th January- 23th January 2013
17.01.2013 - 23.01.2013 36 °C
Fitzroy Crossing, Kununurra
When it was time to leave Derby, Jo had arranged some of her work at Fitzroy Crossing hospital, so we tagged along with them and camped at the Fitzroy lodge caravan park. It’s a beautiful park, and the rooms that Jason and Jo had were nice to. On the morning we left derby and into the day, Derby had a full on monsoonal shower, which I had to hook the van up to in!!! it was a great display of rain, lightning and thunder.
We went our separate ways the next morning after a quick visit to Geikie George, which was fairly closed of due to massive rains the night before. We headed out of town, through Halls Creek and we camped on the upper Ord River 24 hour stop. We had the whole place to ourselves, and Jenna cooked a delicious curry for dinner. It was our first night without the air con for a while, but it ended up raining for about 4 hours with a nice breeze blowing.
The next morning we woke with an easy drive into Kununurra. This is a very scenic drive, all the more because its in the wet season. Its as green and wet as Denmark at the moment, and its just stunning. My overall opinion to date of travelling in the wet season is Yes, it can be hot, but it’s a completely different place that in the dry season. We have seen some brilliant sites, and cant wait to see some more Rain!!!
We stayed at Hidden Valley Caravan Park, and although a bit older, it’s a great park, with nice lawn for cedar to run amok on. Tyso loved lying on the cool lawn under the Mango trees also.
Kununurra is a naturally beautiful town but Jenna and I were both shocked at how much litter there is. It is everywhere. The beautiful water ways with nice walk paths are just covered in litter. Down by Ivanhoe crossing, litter and fishing line everywhere. It is really sad to see no respect for such a beautiful spot. We stayed in Kunnunurra for a few days but wanted to keep moving as we had seen all the sites it had to offer on a previous Gibb River trip. We visited Ivanohoe crossing, The Grotto and a few other spots whilst in town.
We departed Kununurra excited at the prospect of seeing new things, as we had never ventured out of the state by road before. We took our obligatory photo of the two of us under the state border sign and continued on. I took some advice from some good people on the Bushtracker forum for this drive, and stayed in 4th gear towing at about 90 to 95km’s per hour. I got the best fuel economy of the trip so far.
20 km’s from timber creek, I had my first ever blow out on the caravan. The tyre just shredded but amazingly the van stayed nice and straight, and I was able to pull over no worries at all. A quick change, after sweating out about a liter, and we were back on. We pulled into an overnight rest area about 5.30 pm, which is late for us, but we were adjusting to the time change. A quick cook up of steak sandwiches, and then an early night.