14.07.2017 - 14.07.2017 32 °C
Friday 14th July - Cruising Lake Argyle
We had booked a cruise for today. A cruise on Lake Argyle aboard the Kimberley Cat, a 50 ft sailing catamaran. We were picked up by bus from the Ivanhoe van park at 10:30am, and travelled the 70kms to Lake Argyle. Then a surprise with a stop at the Durack Homestead.
The Durack family were the pioneers of the East Kimberley region when they drove thousands of head of cattle from central Queensland to the Kimberley and established themselves in one of the remotest parts of the Australian continent. Have a read of the classic Australian story, "Kings in Grass Castles" written by Mary Durack. The Homestead is now a museum and was relocated from its original site on Argyle Station, which now lies below Lake Argyle. The stone Homestead was dismantled stone by stone, all numbered, and then rebuilt in detail on its present site. Fascinating history.
We then crossed the Argyle Dam wall, which is a clay and rock wall. It is surprisingly small considering it holds back over 1000 sq.kms of water in Lake Argyle. We boarded the Kimberley Cat and set off for a relaxing day cruising the waters of the lake. We got lucky as there were only 10 guests aboard, which made the day very comfortable with plenty of room for everyone to spread out.
Spectacular scenery with the red rocky hills framing the lake. It was a perfectly calm day with a mirror finish on the water. Lunch was served on board and then we stopped for a swim, spotted some wildlife, including freshies (freshwater crocodiles) and some kangaroos on the shore. Also egrets, darters and pelicans. Late in the afternoon we watched a beautiful sunset from the yacht as the sun sank behind the red hills. We again boarded our bus for the 1 hr trip back to Kununurra. A great day out.
In camp, we had a light dinner of whatever we could find in the tucker box. Andrew hit the sack early and our next door neighbour (Brian) came over and had a few drinks with me. The Kununurra show was on just over the road and we watched the fireworks from the comfort of our camp chairs.
Late to bed after too many reds with Brian.