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Day 90 - Friday 3 August 2012

Kununurra to Wyndham and return

It was another beautiful day in paradise with a clear blue sky and a forecast maximum of 30 degrees, so we packed up some lunch and headed off to Wyndham for the day – about 100 kms each way.

View from our camp site

View from our camp site

Our site

Our site



First stop was a side trip to the Grotto which was a couple of kms off the main highway with a sealed road. The Grotto is a natural amphitheatre with 140 steps down to the water that is estimated to be 300 metres deep. We did not walk down to the water as it was too hot for the return climb out – 30 degrees.

Di at the Grotto

Di at the Grotto

The Grotto

The Grotto

We continued on to Wyndham, which is showing the effects of a decline in population to about 800 people, while nearby Kununurra has grown to a city of 15,000 people, and only established 50 years ago for the Ord River scheme. Wyndham Port is still an important sea port for export of live cattle and iron ore. Kimberly Metals Group transports iron ore by road train from the mine near Lake Argyle to a holding stockpile at Wyndham Port prior to being transferred by barge to waiting ships in deeper water.

Public Jetty at Wyndham

Public Jetty at Wyndham

Ship loading iron ore from barges

Ship loading iron ore from barges

The Bastion towers above Wyndham

The Bastion towers above Wyndham

Private yacht in the bay

Private yacht in the bay

Kimberly Metals Group iron ore stockpile

Kimberly Metals Group iron ore stockpile

KMG conveyer belt

KMG conveyer belt

Digger working the stockpile

Digger working the stockpile

After a drive around the historic port we stopped at the Residency, a house built in 1888 for the local Magistrate but never occupied. Wyndham was established in the 1880s and saw about 4,000 people pass through on their way to the Halls Creek gold rush. At the residency we found a Kimberly Rose that allowed us to see the red flower up close. We also got to see a yellow native kapok flower up close. If it wasn’t for the flowers you would think that both these trees were dead.

The Residency - built for the magistrate

The Residency - built for the magistrate

Native Kapok flower

Native Kapok flower

The Kimberly Rose - the dead looking tree, you idiot - not Di!

The Kimberly Rose - the dead looking tree, you idiot - not Di!

Kimberley Rose flower

Kimberley Rose flower

On the way to the lookout we stopped at the Dreamtime Statues that are a group of large bronze statues showing an aboriginal family group with some of the local native animals.

Dreamtime statues

Dreamtime statues

Dreamtime family and animals

Dreamtime family and animals

Dreamtime Lizard

Dreamtime Lizard

Wyndham from the Lookout

Wyndham from the Lookout

We drove up to the Five Rivers Lookout on top of the Bastion, which is about 350 m above sea level and provides a panoramic view of the five rivers that flow into Cambridge Gulf - the Forest River, the Durack River, the Pentecost River, the King River and the Ord River. The lookout also gives a panoramic view of the Wyndham Port facilities.

KMG ore loading facility

KMG ore loading facility

Wyndham Port

Wyndham Port

Barge and tug leaving conveyer belt loader

Barge and tug leaving conveyer belt loader

Bulk ore carrier loading from 2 barges

Bulk ore carrier loading from 2 barges

View from 5 rivers Lookout - looking West

View from 5 rivers Lookout - looking West

View from the 5 rivers Lookout - looking East

View from the 5 rivers Lookout - looking East

Posted by TwoAces 05:25

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