Other than the first two images, this post contains only aerial views of the Kununurra area, captured from a Robinson R22 helicopter owned and operated by Top End Mustering.
This is the helicopter for the trip, and the pilot – Ty Rankin (of Top End Mustering).
The Kimberley savannah and a portion of the lower Ord River – Ivanhoe Station.
Below the dam of Lake Argyle, the Ord River Diversion Dam holds back Lake Kununurra, which gravity feeds the Ord River Irrigation Area with water via the Main Channel. The Victoria Highway crosses the river here.
Downstream of the Ord River Diversion Dam; the lowest reaches of Lake Kununurra meander to the upper left of the image, then beyond.
River flow below the Diversion Dam.
These next few images capture some of the irrigation ditches and the agriculture that depends on them.
Though a variety of crops are present (and others tried previously), these are Indian Sandalwood.
Great cattle stations abound in the Kimberley, and this savannah, like those throughout the world, look resplendent after the rains.
A pair of graves on a station near Kununurra – DEACON, Thomas, died 28.6.1905 (age 49) & DURACK Neil Joseph, died 28.11.1920 (drowned, age 30).
Bordering the irrigation area are numerous ranges such as this.
Edging and among the ranges there are numerous waterholes such as this, many with waterfalls (during/after the wet).
Back to the immediate vicinity of Kununurra: This is “Sleeping Buddha”/Elephant Rock on the edge of Lake Kununurra.
Two views of Lake Kununurra Golf Club – one of the hosts for famed the Ord Valley Muster.
The next post will feature Lake Kununurra – I hope you enjoyed this post.