11.07.2017 - 11.07.2017 33 °C
Tuesday 11th July - Katherine to Kununurra
With a fairly big day of 530kms ahead of us to Kununurra, we packed up early and were on the road by 8:00am. Heading west to the Victoria River region and Timber Creek.
We passed the turn off to the Buntine Hwy where there's a monument to Noel Buntine, a boss drover and road train pioneer from the old days. This area is Wave Hill country. Have a listen to the Paul Kelly song "From little things, big things grow". It tells the story of Vincent Lingiari AM, an Aboriginal stockman who worked at Wave Hill Stn. and led a "walk off" by the aboriginal stockmen about pay and conditions. See link https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Lingiari.
It was beautiful riding conditions with only a few caravans and road trains on the road. And with the temp at only 22deg until we got to about Victoria River Roadhouse where I stopped for a coffee and a bite to eat. There is some spectacular scenery throughout this area with majestic escarpments bordering the Hwy. The Victoria River region is home to Victoria River Downs cattle station, once the largest pastoral holding in the world at 41,000 sq.kms. Once owned by Sir Sidney Kidman, it is now in the hands of Robert Holmes Accourt.
Then on to Timber Creek for a refuel and a drink. The temp had risen to the usual 33deg now. We were also noticing a different kind of vegetation with Boab Trees (or bottle trees) becoming numerous. The larger ones are a majestic tree with differing shapes and sizes.
We then completed the last 226 kms into WA and Kununurra. Put our watches back by another 90mins, so now we are 2hrs behind the Eastern states. We had booked a site at the Ivanhoe Caravan Resort, checked in and set up camp for our 4 day stay. Picked up some groceries from Coles and some grog from the bottle'O. I cooked a curry for dinner. Went down pretty well too.