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Aussie Remarkable Rocks – Part 2

  • June 2, 2015
  • By 50 Shades
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Aussie Remarkable Rocks – Part 2
Dampier in The Pilbarra

Aboriginal Art on the Rocks in Dampier in The Pilbara

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.

Rock Formations at Barn Hill Station Beaches

Rock Formations at Barn Hill Station Beaches

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.

Gantheaume Point, Broome

Gantheaume Point, Broome

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.

Rock Formations at Quondong Beach, Cape Leveque

Rock Formations at Quondong Beach, Cape Leveque

Travel further north to Cape Leveque and the landscape is even more barren and dramatic.

Exquisite Rocks of Geikie Gorge

Exquisite Rocks of Geikie Gorge on the Fitzroy River

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.

Interesting rock formations and gorge at Fitzroy Crossing

Interesting rock formations and gorge at Fitzroy Crossing

390 kms east of Broome is the town of Fitzroy Crossing in the heart of The Kimberley.

Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park

Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park

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.

Bungle Bungles, Purnululu National Park

Bungle Bungles, Purnululu National Park

The narrow opening of Echidna Chasm and more remarkable rock formations that form the Bungle Bungles Ranges.

Emma Gorge, El Questro Wilderness Park

Emma Gorge, El Questro Wilderness Park

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!

El Questro Gorge

El Questro Gorge

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.

Rocky Escarpments at Lake Argyle

Rocky Escarpments at Lake Argyle

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!

 

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By 50 Shades, June 2, 2015 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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50 Shades

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.

10 Comments
  • Life Images by Jill
    June 2, 2015

    we absolutely have some of the most amazing rocks up in the Kimberley. I am looking forward to going back there again for a longer visit. Happy travels Kathy.

    • Kathy
      June 2, 2015

      Yes I must admit I became ‘rock obsessed’ during our travels around Australia. As I mentioned, The Kimberley was one of the many highlights of our trip. Breathtaking scenery! :)

  • Johanna
    June 2, 2015

    Ahh take me back! The colour of the sea and those rocks – just incredible. My geologist husband of course loves it up there, and I like the way he describes the rocks to me although I can never remember!

    • Kathy
      June 2, 2015

      The rocks are incredible in the north-west. The colours are so vivid and contrast against the blues of the sea and sky so beautifully. It is a very special place. :)

  • Pinky Poinker
    June 2, 2015

    Fascinating and beautiful. Especially Geikie Gorge. Love the photos and commentary Kathy :)

    • Kathy
      June 2, 2015

      When you see such beauty it is hard to believe that nature is so incredible. To think that those limestone rocks at Geikie Gorge were formed 350 million years ago – truly astonishing!

  • Red Nomad OZ
    June 2, 2015

    Aussie Rocks ROCK!! We didn’t get to a few of these places – but that’s good because it means a good reason to get back there, right??!! Also loved Geikie Gorge and Gantheaume Point – such awesome vistas!

    • Kathy
      June 2, 2015

      They certainly do rock! The Kimberley is an extraordinary place full of interesting gorges, ranges, chasms, escarpments and rocks. I don’t think you could ever recreate those vivid colours of the rocks. Simply stunning! If you are anything like us, we intend to return to that part of the world eventually. :)

  • Rae Hilhorst
    June 2, 2015

    A feeling of peace comes over me when I see these photos. What a serene place it must be x

    • Kathy
      June 2, 2015

      You have it all in The West. The gorgeous South West and the dramatic North West. I want nothing more than to return to this place in the near future! :)

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