On our way further west we stopped for the night at a free rest-stop on the side of the highway that had spectacular views and enjoyed more juicy mangoes from fellow travellers who had too many than they knew what to do with. Mangoes are the currency of the Kimberly so it seems.
We also got a small taste of what it is like to live up here in the wet. Recent downpours had turned a section of the corrugated dirt road into a muddy field which from the drivers seat looked like a hard surface! It was a hard slog to dig the mud out and then luckily were pulled out by a car driving past. We wont be making that mistake again!!
Our next stop was Tunnel Creek, a creek that runs through a hollow rock formation, where we used torches to walk through the dark-as-night shallow waters to the sound of screeching bats and viewed stalactites that had formed glistening shapes over the tunnel walls.
Windjana Gorge was a wildlife extravaganza and we got up close and personal with wild freshwater crocodiles and 1000s of fruit-fly bats. Waking up in the morning the view from our tent was gorgeous. We feel so grateful for being able to take the time to experience our fabulous country!
Flora spotted: The Boab tree – You can see these unique trees all over the Kimberly. The one Boaz is hugging was spotted on the road to Kununarra. The other is the Prison Boab Tree near Derby (a few hours north of Broome), aptly named as it was used in the past as a holding point for Aboriginal prisoners who were being transported to Derby.
Must Read Books: Ros Moriarty ‘Listing to Country’, Kim Scott ‘That Deadman Dance’ – these are some of the books about Aboriginal Australia that have been both inspiring and heartbreaking. Ros talks about the Dreaming, the heart and soul of Australia, and its devastating loss when the current generation of elders pass away.