...toward the end of the journey
We were told to expect to have to throw all our food out at the border as a measure to protect the Kimberley from pests and diseases so we came prepared with most fresh things discarded. After leaving the Quarantine point we were in Western Australia!! Finally!! As enjoyable as the trip has been and as grateful as I am to have been able to take it, I cant describe the peace and relief that flooded over upon entering the Kimberley.
==Kununurra and Lake Argyle.==
Our first stop was Kununurra, the border town of NT/WA. Kununurra was still at the tail end of the wet season and it was very hot and humid there, so we got a very small taste of what the wet might be like. We stopped at a caravan park on the local lake and spent most time at the outdoor bar (not drinking, Izaak was chatting to the waitresses and helping them set tables etc) or in the beautiful, big swimming pool that was even lit up at night! We also found a new way to spend our time of an evening...catching cane toads and putting them in the live disposal box! Izaak loved it!
We checked out the magnificent Lake Argyle (Ord Dam) while we were there, the largest inland water catchment in Australia. And it was massive! So massive that we couldnt locate the fishing and swimming spots but it was nice viewing.
I was a bit sad not to get to see El Questro, which Id much been looking forward to but intend to make a trip there before our return home. On the way out of Kununurra we stopped at an outback waterhole for a swim- Valentine Springs. It was a lovely spot!
Our next stop was Halls Creek, near where the movie Wolfe Creek was made. ( I havent seen it and dont intend to). In spite of bad reports, my first impressions were that it was a lovely little town. We stayed with friends from church back in Warragul who have moved there, the McKeowns. It was so nice to be around familiar faces and it was one of the highlights of our trip staying with them! They were so lovely putting us up and making us feel welcome and Izaak had playmates in Emily, Anna and Molly! Cate cooked us a beautiful risotto for dinner and Larry made a fantastic coffee and pancakes! It was such a blessing to get to spend time with them! Dad was interested to note that, like Katherine, you can only buy light beer in Halls Creek due to previous problems with alcohol and violence. It sounds like it has worked well from what I hear! I reckon bring it on Australia wide! Izaak and I went to church with Cate and Larry in the morning and it was such a lovely little church, run my local aboriginals and with a 60/40 (by the looks) aboriginal/white population. There were some lovely people there and I was especially blessed to meet a beautiful little old aboriginal lady called Evelyn. Would love to go again sometime!
It was Mother's day when we left Halls Creek and Izaak had excitedly got up early (5am), woke up the household and made me a cup of tea when I got up closer to 6am. He had made me a series of pretty notes and pictures, which he had raided the McKeowns craft cupboard to make (sorry guys!). Such a little sweetie! He had wanted to make me breaky too, telling me that poached eggs or nutri grain were on the menu but I didnt want him to go that far while we were guests in someone else's house! We had to leave before lunch time as we had a long drive ahead of us. Our next stop was Fitzroy Crossing which looked like a nice town and I was able to get a takeaway roast lamb with roast spuds and cheesy veggies along with an apple crumble with custard for Mothers day lunch!! That topped the day off! We then continued our long awaited trek and stopped at a favourite place- Willare Bridge Roadhouse between Broome and Derby!