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Day 92 - Sunday 5 August 2012

Lake Argyle

At 7:00 am the temperature was 21.9 degrees, and expected to get to 30 again. By 10:00am it was 26.4 degrees in the shade with 28% humidity so we decided it was time for a swim in the Infinity Pool.

After lunch we were picked up by the Triple J Cruises bus for the short trip to their jetty to board the Kimberly Durack, our cruise vessel for the afternoon. The Kimberly Durack is a 15 metre catamaran purpose built for Lake Argyle and capable of carrying 50 passengers. The vessel is powered by twin Cummins diesels rated at 250 HP each, and has a top speed of 24 knots. Our cruise started at 2:30 pm and ended at sunset, which was about 5:45 pm.

The cruise took us past the dam wall with the intake structure for the power station, then on to the quarry blast site that provided the rock for the dam wall. Our cruise took us south through “The Heads” and out of the northern part of the Lake and east across the Bay of Islands to take in the vastness of Australia’s largest body of fresh water. We completed our cruise with drinks and nibbles while we watched the sun set over the Carr Boyd Ranges.

Power station water intake

Power station water intake

The Dam Wall

The Dam Wall

View across Lake behind the Dam

View across Lake behind the Dam

Quarry the supplied rock for the Dam wall facing

Quarry the supplied rock for the Dam wall facing

View across Lake

View across Lake

Eagle guarding its nest

Eagle guarding its nest

21.8 Knots

21.8 Knots

Another view across the Lake

Another view across the Lake

View from the back of the boat

View from the back of the boat

A pair of Fresh Water Crocodiles - both about 2 metres long

A pair of Fresh Water Crocodiles - both about 2 metres long

A Wallaroo

A Wallaroo

Folded rock formations

Folded rock formations

Large boulders at the lake edge

Large boulders at the lake edge

Reflections

Reflections

Late afternoon sun on the rocks

Late afternoon sun on the rocks

More reflections

More reflections

Di and David waiting for sunset

Di and David waiting for sunset

Sun going down

Sun going down

Sunset

Sunset

A few swimmers - not empty handed!

A few swimmers - not empty handed!

A later view of the sunset

A later view of the sunset

Back at the caravan park we joined other travellers in a Sunday Roast – Di had Roast Lamb while David had Roast Beef. This was followed by Sticky Date Pudding with ice cream. With hindsight we probably should not have had so much of the drinks and nibbles at sunset – however it was all so nice!

Posted by TwoAces 19:19

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