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This is part two of ‘The Road Ahead’ as we ventured into probably one of the most remote wildernesses in Australia, The Kimberley in north-western Australia. It consists of ancient, steep-sided mountain ranges carved through with sandstone and limestone gorges and steep ridges from which the extreme monsoonal climate has removed much of the soil. This vast expanse of prehistoric mountains, gorges, rivers, chasms were in parts under the ocean during the Devonian period, a barrier reef system formed before a subsequent drop in sea levels over the Kimberley.
The southern end of the Kimberley beyond the Dampier Peninsula is flatter with red earth and dry tropical grassland or savannah land, that is used for cattle farming.
1. Road into Barnhill Station (south of Broome) 2. Road into Willie Creek on Cape Leveque, Dampier Peninusla 3. Road into Cape Leveque on Dampier Peninsula.
1. Road sign into Cape Leveque on the Dampier Peninsula 2. Road sign at beginning of Fitzroy Crossing across The Kimberley 3. Road sign to Broome/Derby.
1. Termite mounds on Fitzroy Crossing 2. Red rocky table-top hills on Fitzroy Crossing 3. Boab trees and hills on the Leopold Downs Road to Tunnel Creek.
1. Table topped hills on Fitzroy Crossing 2. More Boab Trees on the Leopold Downs Road 3. Pointy top spinifex covered hills on Fitzroy Crossing.
1. The mountain ranges of the Bungle Bungles 2. The beehive domes of the Bungle Bungles 3. A creek crossing into the Bungle Bungles.
1. Changing colours and shapes of rocky ranges in the Bungle Bungles 2. A huge boulder in the Bungle Bungles 3. More of the changing rock formations of the Bungle Bungles.
1. Interesting pink hues of the Cockburn Ranges at El Questro 2. Flat topped,spinifex covered mountains of the Cockburn Ranges, El Questro 3. Boab Trees and pastel hues of the Cockburn Ranges on the Gibb River Road.
1. Deep creek crossing into El Questro Gorge. 2. Cockburn Ranges on the Gibb River Road. 3. Pentecost River crossing into El Questro Homestead.
1. Following a road train through the mountain ranges into Wyndham. 2. A cute little wallaby on the road into Lower Ord River, Wyndham 3. Mountain ranges in the distance on the road to Wyndham.
1. 2. & 3. Mountain ranges on the road through The Kimberley to Wyndham.
1. Following a motorhome into Lake Argyle. 2. The magnificent mountains surrounding Lake Argyle. 3. Road into Emma Gorge, El Questro.
I hope you enjoyed this journey of The Kimberley region as seen through our 4WD windscreen. The countryside does change dramatically and around every corner there is another stunning landscape. The Kimberley is one of those remote hard-to-get-to places that everyone should put on their bucket list.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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travellingbagSeptember 29, 2014
This brought back a lot of memories Kathy – I was up there nearly 10 years ago and took a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles. Absolutely amazing. I’d love to travel the Gibb River Rd at some point.
kathymarrisSeptember 29, 2014
The Bungle Bungles are amazing. We only ventured down the Gibb River Road to El Questro, leaving our caravan at Wyndham, but the little I saw of it made me want to return to do the entire trip.
Pinky PoinkerSeptember 30, 2014
Those mountain ranges are magnificent and quintessentially Australian. Makes me sigh patriotically. I hope the wallaby kept its eye out for the road train!
KathySeptember 30, 2014
He was a cute little wallaby. Most upsetting was that we saw literally hundreds and hundreds of dead ones on the road or beside the road on our trip. The Kimberley was one of those magical places that you just have to see to believe. :)
janOctober 1, 2014
Looking forward to the Bungle Bungles and the Cockburn ranges. We last drove the distance Ftizroy Crossing to Halls Creek 35 years ago and it was red bull dust. Back then we had no A/c and my hair stood out on end, fluffed up with red dust. :) Looking forward to A/C next time (and bitumen road).
kathymarrisOctober 1, 2014
Oh the red dust, it gets into everything. We are still cleaning it out of our car and caravan. The road into the Bungle Bungles is still 50 Kms of rough dirt road, but thoroughly worth it. The Cockburn Ranges near Wyndham are magnificent. Their colours will astound you.