Saturday, 3 August 2013

Kununurra, Wyndham, Marglu Billabong, Bungle Bungles

An early morning departure from Kunumurra.
A great day ahead.
 Getting ahead of ourselves as we head west to Wyndham.
 No, we are not going to ride the Gibb River Road today.
 Two hungry men looking for breakfast.
 Wonderful aromas of freshly cooked food welcomed us.
A cabinet filled with temptation.
And we had the best Bacon and eggs we have eaten during our journey.
Go and visit Catherine and Elena at The Rusty Shed at Wyndham Port.
 We learned about the School of the Air from Catherine who had lived on a station with her husband and children. Virtual classrooms. The children and teacher can interact during their online lessons.

We also chatted with a security officer from SERCO who manage the corrections in this part of Western Australia.

Giant boab trees are common around here.
All clear for cyclones.
Up to the Lookout.

Photo- Thanks, Mark
Then a small detour to the Maryglu billabong.
An isolated oasis in the drylands...

...we were very surprised to be recognised by some fellow kiwis who happened to come and visit this special place
Photo-thanks, Mark
 On our way back to the main road we saw many Kapok trees which are in flower.
 AT our Road house stop we had a peek down the shute at these invaders.
Cane toads have arrived in Wesyern Australia and people are encouraged to bring them in.
They are humanely euthanased on Mondays and Fridays

We make haste to the Bungle Bungle camp site within Purnululu National Park in time for our sunset helicopter ride over the Bungles.
We are getting a bird's eye view of a world heritage site.

I am co-pilot, again. 
There are no doors and for security I have a seat belt and I get to hold on to my camera which is tethered around my wrist.
I have straightened the photos t compensate for the odd angles as the helicopter flew around the roak formations
Photo-Thanks, Mark
Are those white knuckles I see behind me?
I must have been leaning into the pilot - he kindly asks me to move to free his left hand which operates the altitude.
What amazing geological landscapes. 
The Hall's Creek faultline - the world's third largest after the San Andreas Fault and the Rift Valley. 

There are no words to fully describe this place.

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