Posting #12 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

The 12th and final posting of my trip up to Kununurra and back!
This is a small collection of images from a brief detour to visit the wonderful Tunnel Creek National Park.

The view as you near Tunnel Creek along Leopold Downs Road. This is part of the Napier Range: Devonian reef from 350 – 375 million years ago.

Devonian Reef 2AM-003686. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Devonian Reef 2AM-003682. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Underneath the bluff in the following picture is ‘Tunnel Creek’ – a 750 meter erosion tunnel through the Napier Range, eroded by a creek. The tunnel is purported to be the oldest cave system in Western Australia!

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Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003691. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

This is a day-use park only; this is my trusty 1984 Toyota Hilux in the parking area – only a very short hike to the cave entrance.

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003689. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Along the trail to the cave entrance…

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003700. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Inside Tunnel Creek, looking back toward the entrance…

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003765. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Looking deeper into Tunnel Creek – follow it to the right 😉

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003772. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

Tunnel Creek National Park 2AM-003774. ©2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

That’s it for now. Until next time, thanks for visiting.

 

 

 

 

Posting #10 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

A collection of images from Lake Kununurra, Lily Creek Lagoon, Ivanhoe Crossing, and the iconic Cockburn Ranges – all proximal to Kununurra, Western Australia.

A delightful boat ride up Lake Kununurra – the dog enjoyed the trip, especially the breeze in its face.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003377. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003403. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003421. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Lake Kununurra 2AM-003422. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A couple of the numerous and delightful inlets along the way.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003425. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003435. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The exposed geology is fascinating and stunning.

Lake Kununurra 2AM-003437. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The Kimberley region has numerous sites with indigenous rock art; this particular location is very near to Kununurra.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003475. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003480. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003483. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003485. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Aboriginal Rock Art 2AM-003487. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The view from the boat ramp on Lily Creek where we began and concluded this trip up Lake Kununurra.

Lily Creek Lagoon 2AM-003504. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Lily Creek Lagoon with ‘Sleeping Buddha’ in the background.

Lily Creek Lagoon 2AM-003502. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Off on a road trip now, just outside of Kununurra…

Highway Outcrop 2AM-003088. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Highway Outcrop 2AM-003079-003082 panorama © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

A couple of images of vehicles crossing a small creek on El Questro where we stopped off for a refreshing dip (swim).

El Questro 2AM-003308. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

El Questro 2AM-003319. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Not far past El Questro, on the famed Gibb River Road, is the Cockburn Range which is adjacent to the iconic Pentecost River but the river was flowing too much for us to make a crossing. There was an unfortunate couple stranded during their attempt at crossing – their front axle fell into a deeply eroded hole resulting in a cracked oil-pan or something similar, necessitating a tow out of these croc-infested waters.

Cockburn Ranges 2AM-003366-003368 panorama. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Having captured this late-afternoon image of a man fishing for barramundi with a live bait on a hand line at the fast-flowing Ivanhoe Crossing, Kununurra, I moved on to shoot other nearby compositions. This area is accessible for the numerous salties of the Ord River and is also thick with barramundi. Soon after I moved I saw this fisherman in a mighty tug-of-war battle that, with the aid of the deep and rapidly flowing water, soon had him precariously close to taking an involuntary bath! Ultimately he was saved the ignominy as his large gauge hook was straightened, thus losing whatever was on the end of the line!
The Ivanhoe Crossing is no longer open to vehicles.

Ivanhoe Crossing 2AM-003178. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

The next blog posting will contain images from Marlgu Billabong and Wyndham.
Until then, cheers.

 

 

Posting #9 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

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).

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Helicopter and Pilot 2AM-003668. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Helicopter 2AM-003669. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The Kimberley savannah and a portion of the lower Ord River – Ivanhoe Station.

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Helicopter-and-Ord-River-2AM-003625. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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.

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Ord River Diversion Dam 2AM-003654. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Downstream of the Ord River Diversion Dam; the lowest reaches of Lake Kununurra meander to the upper left of the image, then beyond.

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Ord River Diversion Dam 2AM-003638. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

River flow below the Diversion Dam.

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Ord River 2AM-003616. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

These next few images capture some of the irrigation ditches and the agriculture that depends on them.

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Ord River Irrigation Area 2AM-003541. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Ord River Irrigation Area 2AM-003567. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Though a variety of crops are present (and others tried previously), these are Indian Sandalwood.

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Ord River Irrigation Area 2AM-003555. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Ord River Irrigation Area 2AM-003554. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Great cattle stations abound in the Kimberley, and this savannah, like those throughout the world, look resplendent after the rains.

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Kimberley Savanna 2AM-003535. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Kimberley Savanna 2AM-003528. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Kununurra 2AM-003604. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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).

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Gravestones – Ivanhoe Station 2AM-003608. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Bordering the irrigation area are numerous ranges such as this.

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Kununurra 2AM-003530. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Edging and among the ranges there are numerous waterholes such as this, many with waterfalls (during/after the wet).

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Kununurra 2AM-003597. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Back to the immediate vicinity of Kununurra: This is “Sleeping Buddha”/Elephant Rock on the edge of Lake Kununurra.

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Sleeping Buddha 2AM-003512. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Sleeping Buddha floodplain 2AM-003517. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Two views of Lake Kununurra Golf Club – one of the hosts for famed the Ord Valley Muster.

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Lake Kununurra Golf Club 2AM-003662. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Lake Kununurra Golf Club 2AM-003664. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The next post will feature Lake Kununurra – I hope you enjoyed this post.

 

Posting #8 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

Mirima/Hidden Valley National Park – Kununurra, Western Australia.
Bungle Bungles in miniature – located just minutes from Kununurra, Mirima/Hidden Valley is a small park with sandstone ranges, cliffs and valleys, similar in appearance (and formed by similar processes) to parts of the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park). The 350 million year old sandstone features within the park are subject to some striking colour changes due to sunlight variances.

Here is the ‘mini Bungle Bungles’ (a portion of Mirima/Hidden Valley), viewed from a helicopter, including the town of Kununurra, Lily Creek, Indian Sandalwood plantations, and a portion of the surrounding ranges.

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Kununurra and Mini Bungle Bungles 2AM-003518 © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003519 © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden-Valley-National-Park-2AM-003533. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

Okay, back on terra firma – time for a wander through Hidden Valley…

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003277. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003262. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003180. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003224. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003281. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003284. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003200. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003206. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003249. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003259. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Hidden Valley National Park 2AM-003273. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Posting #7 of my road trip from Fremantle to Kununurra, Western Australia.

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).

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Great Northern Highway 2AM-003678. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Assorted roadside grasses…

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Grass 2AM-002958. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Grass 2AM-002960. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Grass 2AM-003141. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The fishing is fantastic in the Kimberley; this is a 1.14 meter Barramundi (released immediately after photo) caught on the lower Ord River.

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Fisherman and Barramundi 2AM-3066. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The ubiquitous estaurine crocodiles (“Saltwater Crocodile”) necessitate care around the water.

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Saltwater Crocodile 2AM-004748. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Saltwater Crocodile 2AM-004757. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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Saltwater Crocodile 2AM-004771. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

 

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.

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House Roof Hill 2AM-003047. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The next image is “False House Roof Hill” – neighboring bluffs along the Ord River.

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False House Roof Hill 2AM-003013. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

The April 2014 Lunar Eclipse occurred whilst I was in this area. The following image captures part of this eclipse over a Kimberley range.

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Lunar Eclipse 2AM-004793. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

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!

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Lake Argyle 2AM_3131-3134 panoramic. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

An alternate view of the Ord River Dam – construction was completed in 1971.

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Lake Argyle 2AM-003126. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.

Grass in seed along the dam wall – beautiful April conditions.

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Lake Argyle 2AM-003137. © 2014 Andrew McInnes.