Wyndham (10th May)

What an eventful couple of weeks we have had, starting with the drive into the (Bungle Bungle) Purnululu NP, we took turns in looking after a couple of caravans and dog while they went into the NP and when it was our turn they did the same for us, we all camped at spring creek free camp just of the hwy turn off, where we all got to swim in the creek, jock thought this was great as there isn’t many places for him or us to swim because of the crocs (salty’s)

Bungle Bungle

Bungle Bungle

It was about 2.5 hours each way on a very windy road with lots of ups and downs and about 13 small creek crossings approx 60 klm each way not too much corrugation just have to take it slow, well worth the drive once you get there.

Driving in to the Bungle Bungle

Driving in to the Bungle Bungle

we spent about 3 hours walking around the park taking in the Cathedral Gorge walk and the Domes walk, we would have loved to camp in there the night and do some more of the walks but had to get back to jock.

Bungle Bungle

Bungle Bungle

Cathedral Gorge

Cathedral Gorge

Domes

Domes

pictures don’t do these magnificent domes and colours justice and sheer size of the NP a must do if you get up here.
after spending 3 days at the camp site we packed up and headed to Wyndham to a resort called Parry’s creek farm a beautiful spot right on the creek with hardly anyone else there we had a bar, pool, restaurant and lots of wildlife, we turned off the main road to Wyndham to get there about 6 klm of dirt road, along the way I noticed a lagoon at the bottom of the hill with lots of bird life so I decided to go back there the next two nights just on sunset for some photography.

Pied Heron with its dinna

Pied Heron with its dinna

pied Heron

pied Heron

Rufous/Nankeen night-heron

Rufous/Nankeen night-heron

the second night was much more eventful I was taking shots of birds and a scream came out from my right so I quickly looked around only 10 mtrs from me well the photo’s tell the rest of the story.

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salt water croc

salt water croc

That was one of the most amazing and distressing things I have ever seen, just goes to show the predators are there even if you cant see them, from parry’s farm we took a drive out to Wyndham and went to the high lookout where the 5 major rivers all meet a magnificent view.

5 Rivers lookout Wyndham

5 Rivers lookout Wyndham

we had a good look in Wyndham not much to see other than the port where they used to ship out most of the Kimberley cattle from to go over seas I believe that’s how the town was formed, not too far out of town we turned onto another dirt track king river road that leads to the Gibb river road, we followed the track to some aboriginal cave paintings and the Boab prison tree about 40klm we wanted to go further to the Pentecost river but the track got to rough with those sharp pointy rocks and we still have the road tires on the ranger so turned around 8klm short.

Cave paintings

Cave paintings

Cave paintings

Cave paintings

this Prison Boab Tree used to house up to aborigonal30 prisoners at one time awaiting sentencing at Wyndham and when too full they chained them up around the tree, the tree is 40 feet in diameter and is the only prison tree to hold prisoners, the one at Derby wasn’t used as most would believe.

Wyndham Prison tree

Wyndham Prison tree

After spending 3 days at Wyndham and Parry’s Farm we went south to Kununurra only fuelled up and a quick walk around town as we decided to camp out at lake Argyle instead for a couple of days and glad we did, the lake and surrounds are beautiful the second evening we went out on a sunset cruise which started of with a movie showing how the dam wall was built 3 years for construction and now is 20 times larger that Sydney Harbor it is a inland sea of fresh water holding approx 30,000 fresh water crocs and lots of massive cat fish.

Lake Ayre

Lake Argyle

Lake Ayre

Lake Argyle

with the cruise whish took about 4 hours we were fed cake, coffee, beer, champagne, cheese and crackers a good look around a small part of the lake taking in some crocs, feeding of the cat fish and best of all dropping anchor in the middle of the lake to take a swim watching the sunset with beer and wine in hand the water was 28 degrees and an experience well never forget.

Fresh Water Croc Lake Argyle

Fresh Water Croc Lake Argyle

sunset swim Lake Argyle

sunset swim Lake Argyle

sunset Lake Argyle

sunset Lake Argyle

A big thanks to Garry and Pam for taking some shots of us in the water.

Garry and Pam

Garry and Pam

Cheer's

Cheer’s

21 Comments

  1. Diane Sanders

    beautiful
    what more can I say.

  2. June

    Certainly looking like everything is going soo well just loving the pics clear n beautiful

    • John

      Hello June George, we are enjoying this part of the country everything is all good, hope you guy’s are all well

  3. Christine and Peter

    Once again we are loving the blog you sure are getting about and it looks like your both having a ball keep them coming we both look forward to your posts.

    • John

      Hello again Christine and Peter im glad you like the blog its a good way for us to look back when the trip is over and reflect, im just glad that others find some value in it too.

  4. mumandad

    i’ll have an enlarged hard copy of the two of you swimming for christmas please. gorgeous.. love you both xxxxxxxxxx

    • robyn congerton

      Hi mum,
      will have to do some greasing to John to see if we can get a copy lol xxxccccccc

  5. ken

    Hi again we love your bird photographs, and that crocodile must have been so fearful, loving yor website
    Cheers to you both

    Ken & Toni

    • robyn congerton

      Hi Ken and Toni,
      John said his heart was racing a million miles an hour plus other things 🙂
      He getting good with his bird’s, think he likes the challenge, thanks for following.

  6. karla Little

    hello again they are just beautiful photo’s and I love the stories behind them, good on you two for doing what most people only talk about doing, one day soon it will be my turn haha

    • John

      Hi Karla bet you cant wait to hit the road all the best with your travels, im glad that you like the blog and thanks for following.:-)

  7. linda

    Hi Guys
    Love the photo of you both swimming with beer and wine in hand, what a life
    All the photos are great, always love the sunsets.
    It will be hard to come home to reality, away from all that freedom.
    Love to you both

    • robyn congerton

      Hi linda,
      Oops, sorry forgot to tell you we’re not coming home haha 🙂
      If only John would sell his photos instead of keeping them, we could live this life of luxury forever 😉

  8. Rita Henry

    Hi Robyn and John

    Great photos, as always. We got the laptop fixed and Bill can download his photos again. Are you anywhere near Darwin? We’ve been here a few weeks now, probably leaving next week some time, so keen to know if you will be here before then. Cheers, Bill and Rita

    • John

      Hello Bill and Rita, glad you have the computer sorted out, hows the photography going Bill, we have been in Darwin for a week now and leaving for Litchfield NP tomorrow morning for a week, let us know what your plans are and we may catch up heading south, hope your both well, keep in touch

      Cheers
      John and Robyn.

      • Rita Henry

        Sorry we missed you in Darwin, hope you are enjoying Litchfield. Our favourite was always Buleys Rockhole. We’ll now be in Darwin another week or two before we meander southwards. At this stage we are planning to head to Daly Waters and turn off there to go to Borroloola. Which way are you heading?

        • John

          Hi guy’s, we are at litchfield now and loving the waterfalls and cascades, we will be here until next tuesday then onto katherine the Mataranka springs and slowly down to alice springs, it would be great to catch up along the way so please keep in touch.

  9. Lin & Bob

    Hi John, Robyn & Jock
    As always fantastic photos’ and a reminder of our travels up that neck of the woods, jealous.
    You are both looking well, must be the hydrating you are doing – ha ha…..
    Travel safe. XX

    • John

      Hello guy’s lol yes we do keep very well hydrated 🙂 and loving this part of our trip, hope your keeping well and the black ranga is going well, you should have come up with us we miss our arvo drinks and stories with you, stay safe and travel well xxx
      the Congo’s (AKA White Ranga)

  10. Amanda cooney

    Well I’m with you Robyn oh the life of a queen /luxury if johnny would sell those photo’s AMAZING and I’m free to carry your bags any time lol . Truly amazing photos of the wild life and predators wow . You both look so well and relaxed but you so deserve it take care and look forward to the next adventure luv the Cooney’s xxxxx

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