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For part two of my Aussie Remarkable Rocks I am taking you to the far north-west of West Australia from Barn Hill Station, 128 kms south of Broome, to Broome and Cape Leveque and east to The Kimberley and the amazing Lake Argyle, near the West Australian/Northern Territory border.
Barn Hill is situated on a Kimberley Cattle Station overlooking the Indian Ocean. The red earth cliffs overhang beautiful wide white-sanded beaches with the most interesting colourful rock formations. There is even a red rock shaped like a map of Australia.
Broome in the far north of West Australia has the most contrasting vivid colourful landscapes with red earth, jewell tone seas and bluest of skies. The rock formations and dinosaur footprints imprinted in the red earth are a big attraction at Gantheaume Point.
Travel further north to Cape Leveque and the landscape is even more barren and dramatic.
Heading east and into the bowels of The Kimberley there are 350 million year old gorges that have been etched out of the earth during the time when The Kimberley was under the sea. Geikie Gorge is part of an ancient limestone reef that covered a large part of the Kimberley in Devonian times.
390 kms east of Broome is the town of Fitzroy Crossing in the heart of The Kimberley.
The Bungle Bungles are located within the Purnululu National Park, 300 kms south of Kununurra, then 53 kms over a rough dirt track with many creek crossings. It is 4WD only, but the rough ride in is definitely worth the effort.
The orange and black stripes across the beehive-like mounds are an extraordinary sight if observed from the air, but equally as stunning from the ground. The natural amphitheatre structure of Cathedral Gorge rewards you with a refreshing swim in its spring-fed pool at the end of your walk.
The narrow opening of Echidna Chasm and more remarkable rock formations that form the Bungle Bungles Ranges.
An hour’s drive west of Kununurra on the Gibb River Road is Emma Gorge, which is part of the spectacular El Questro Wilderness Park. The spring-fed swimming hole was freezing!
One of the many magnificent gorges carved through the El Questro Wilderness Park where we were once again rewarded by a refreshing swim at the end of the walk.
The enormous waterway, Lake Argyle created by the damming of the Ord River in the 1960s is located near the border of West Australia and Northern Territory.
It is the change of colours on the rocky escarpments at Lake Argyle that are beguiling. The sunlight reflecting on the rocks changes dramatically from morning to evening creating a kaleidoscope of colours.
It is difficult to say which rocks are the most remarkable in the north west of West Australia, but they certainly put on a show of diversity of colours, shape and formation. Is it any wonder why The Kimberley was a highlight of our trip around Australia!
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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