The second running of this cattle drive occurred 8th-14th April, 2018.
So there you go, a sample of the experience.
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.
Ah, I arrived at my destination – Kununurra – after 9 days of driving and bush camping. Here are some images around the greater Kununurra area from the first day or so.
Not far short of Kununurra, and the scenery, topography, and geology changes (after leaving Halls Creek).
Assorted roadside grasses…
The fishing is fantastic in the Kimberley; this is a 1.14 meter Barramundi (released immediately after photo) caught on the lower Ord River.
The ubiquitous estaurine crocodiles (“Saltwater Crocodile”) necessitate care around the water.
Iconic Kimberley vistas…
If you have watched the movie “Australia” then you may recognise this geologic feature, known as ‘House Roof Hill’ – it is the backdrop to the fictional “Faraway Downs” homestead.
This image was captured very early on another glorious Kimberley morning.
The next image is “False House Roof Hill” – neighboring bluffs along the Ord River.
The April 2014 Lunar Eclipse occurred whilst I was in this area. The following image captures part of this eclipse over a Kimberley range.
Lake Argyle is Australia’s largest artificial lake (by volume). It is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and is a sight to behold. Unfortunately these “roadside” images are all I managed to capture of this vast and beautiful feature – I must return and spend time above and on the lake!
An alternate view of the Ord River Dam – construction was completed in 1971.
Grass in seed along the dam wall – beautiful April conditions.