Fitzroy Crossing

Fitzroy Crossing sits along the great Fitzroy River and is the traditional land of Banuba people. The original town site and crossing stand as a reminder of early droving days. A little further along the banks of the Fitzroy River is Geigie Gorge with its ancient limestone reef that was once part of an inland sea that stretched from Derby to Kununurra.  Over time, the limestone ridges have been both sculptured by rain and sandblasted during floods to give the contrasting black and white appearance.

Fitzroy River and original crossing site

Fitzroy River

River crossing old

Crossing Inn

Geigie Gorge

Geigie Gorge

Geigie Gorge 3

Kangaroo

 

Wyndham & King River

Located at the north end of the Kimberleys, the town of Wyndham sits between the Cambridge Gulf and Erskine Ranges. Suffering economically since the closing of the nickel mine, Wyndham and its surrounding area still offers lots to see for travellers. While there we saw the Grotto with a waterfall fed pool around 300 feet deep, Parry Lagoon Nature Reserve with the RAMSAR Marglu Billaong, the King River, Moochalabra Dam, aboriginal cave paintings and an old boab tree that was once used as a temporary jail. The five rivers lookout offers spectacular view over the Wyndham port and the five rivers that feed into the gulf.

Euros at the five rivers lookout

Euro or Hill wallaroos

View across port to the gulf & King River entrance (left)

Port Wyndham daylight

Jetty

Jjetty at Port Wyndham

The town’s giant croc

Giant croc at Wyndham

Boab prison tree

Boab jail

Moochalabra dam

Moochalabra Dam

Aboriginal cave paintings

Aboriginal art

Marglu Billabong

Marglu Billabong

Boab field at sunset

Field boabs at sunset

 

Kununurra & El Questro Wilderness Park

Kununurra is the gateway to the spectacular east Kimberleys and traditional lands of the Mirriwoong and Gajirrawoong groups. Established along the Ord River Irrigation Scheme (ORIS), it lies close to Lake Argyle, Lake Kununurra and their respective RAMSAR protected wetlands. The nearby Gibb River Road and ranges include the El Questro Wilderness Park. The ORIS supports significant agriculture including sandalwood, mangoes, sugar and pumpkins.

Lily Creek Lagoon, Lake Kununurra

Lily Creek Lagoon Kununurra

Freshie at Kununurra

Ord River diversion dam spillway

Dam wall Kununurra

Ivanhoe Crossing

Ivanhoe Crossing

View of Kununurra from Kelly’s Knob Lookout showing the lake (left) and Sandalwood crops (right)

Kununurra from Kelly's Knob Lookout

El Questro Wilderness Park and Emma Gorge

El Questro Wilderness Park

Brolgas ELQ

Emma Gorge

Tree snake ELQ

 

 

 

Zebra Rock Mine & Lake Argyle

Located on the border of Northern Territory and Western Australia, Zebra Rock Mine is the only one of its kind in the world. The striking zebra rock fascinates researchers and tourists alike. While there, we went on wetland safaris to Lake Argyle, sought out the local Gouldian Finches, spent time fossicking in the nearby creekbed and ate locally caught silver cobbler.

Zebra rock

Zebra rock at mine

Zebra rock

Zebra rock polished

Lake Argyle sunset tour of wetlands

Lake Argyle

Lake Argyle Pelican

Lake Argyle birds in tree

Sea Eagle Lake Argyle

Fresh water crocs

Sunset Lake Argyle

Full mooon over Lake Argyle

Gouldian and other finches Gouldian finches and others at creek

 

 

 

Darwin, Berry Springs, Litchfield National Park, Leliyn (Edith Falls)

Our final leg of the Northern Territory  took us south from Darwin to Berry Springs, Litchfield National Park and Leliyn, Nitmiluk. In this land the horizons were dotted with columns of smoke from Wurrgeng (cold weather) burning, the haunting screams of curlew pierced the nights, and we found relief from the heat in specially designated waterholes. At Katherine we headed west and passed the beautiful Gregory National Park and Victoria River.

Darwin from East Point

Darwin evening from East Point

The Lake, Berry Springs

The Lakes Berry Springs

Ibis

Litchfield National Park: Magnetic, north-south pointing termite mounds (with cathedral mounds in background); Wangi Falls, View from top of Tolmer Falls, Savanna woodland, Florence Falls.

Termite mounds

Wangi Falls

View from top of Tolmer Falls

Savanna woodland

Florence Falls

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

Leliyn Edith Falls

Victoria River and Gregory National Park (Judbarra)

Victoria River-Gregory National Park

 

Northern Kakadu and Arnhem Land

Crossing the East Alligator River from Kakadu to Arnhem Land took us over Cahill’s Crossing and into an ancient rocky landscape with its floodplains and billabongs.  We visited the town of Oenpelli before making our way to the surrounding sandstone outcrops, aboriginal wall art and Inkiyu Billabong. The tidal river was up on our return journey where dozens of crocodiles were lining up to catch fish going over the crossing.  As we headed out of Kakadu, we stopped at the Mamukala Billabong.

Near Oenpelli, Arnhem Land

Oenpelli Arnhem Land

Oenpelli

Arnhem Land rock

Arnhem Land

Rock art sites

Aboriginal rock art

Rock art 2

Inkiyu Billabong, Arnhem Land

Inkiyu Billabong

Cahill’s Crossing, East Alligator River

Cahills Crossing

Mamukala Billabong, Kakadu

Mamukala billabong

Magpie Geese

Yellow Water region, Kakadu National Park

You don’t have to spend much time in Kakadu before understanding why it deserves world heritage listing. It’s home to hundreds of different types of birds, thousands of plants, and lots of crocodiles and other animals. Over half of the park is managed by its traditional owners, the Bininj, or Mungguy peoples. We observed much wildlife on a sunrise cruise across the river and flood plains of Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba).

Yellow Lake morning reflections

Croc at sunrise

Plumed Whistling Ducks

Plumed whistling-duck

Buffalo

Buffalo

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Sea Eagle

Sea eagle

Waterlillies

Black-necked Stork (Jabiru)

Black-necked stork Jabiru

Darter

Darter

Pheasant Coucal

Pheasant coucal

Salt water crocodile

Croc face

River

Night Heron

Night heron

Egret

Egret

Comb crested Jacana with chicks

comb crested jacana & his chicks

Crocodile eating fish

Croc eating fish

Azure Kingfisher

Azure Kingfisher3