Kununurra & the Boab Flower

22 06 2014

Waiting on some parts for the trailer to arrived we ended up staying in Kununurra much longer than we expected – eight nights in total!  It is a beautiful town, surrounded by amazing rock escarpments and water ways.  It is where the Ord river is dammed, an hour from Lake Argyle to the South East and an hour from Wyndham to the North West.  We did day trips to both and were happy enough to visit both places for a day rather than the expected camping experiences we were planning.  At the Wyndham jetty we saw quite a large size salt water crocodile hanging about which we didn’t get a photo of but we did photograph the “big croc” in the centre of town.  On a whim we decided to check out a billabong near Wyndham… and so thankful was I.  It was amazing!  Full of birds, water lilies and sounds.  It was how I imagined Kakadu wet lands to be but as another visitor as if reading my mind made comment that this is far more spectacular than Kakadu!

While in Kununurra we visited some zebra rock showrooms, art galleries, the markets, kayaked in the south side of the Ord, fished, went to a trivia night in the caravan park (Stephen’s table won!) and had a free outdoor film night watching the Sapphires.  We also frequented the library, enjoyed a few DVD’s and read some books…. even Stephen is now reading (Thanks Tina for starting him on the Jack Reacher books)!  My favourite moment would have to be finding the boat tree in flower.  On our journey back from Wyndham we stopped on the side of the road at some boabs which I thought I’d seen some flowers on as we whizzed by.  I was right!!!  High up in the tree were some beautiful yellow flowers.  I couldn’t get a fantastic photo of them due to their height and angle but I was happy enough to finally catch them.  I was so disappointed that I saw them once in Broome, thought I’d photograph them soon and found out later they only last a week.  I never got the shot.  The next day while driving to an op shop in Kununurra I spotted another flower, this time low and close!  We stopped, pulled out the camera and below is the result.  The boab tree intrigues me – it’s beautiful, ever changing and overall quite majestic.  I think being found only in a small area of Australia also makes it rather unique.

The parts arrived, were fitted to the trailer, supplies stocked, fuel tank full and the Bungle Bungles we headed for …..

The Boab Flower

The Boab Flower

Wyndham's Big Crocodile

Wyndham’s Big Crocodile

Lake Argyle

Lake Argyle

Marglu Billabong near Wyndham

Marglu Billabong near Wyndham

Marglu Billabong … other direction

Marglu Billabong … other direction

Beautiful birds….

Beautiful birds….

Going for a Kayak

Going for a Kayak

Flowers in the boab tree on the highway near Wyndham

Flowers in the boab tree on the highway near Wyndham

A closer look…. although the top photo of the one I found in Kununurra was a gem of a find.

A closer look…. although the top photo of the one I found in Kununurra was a gem of a find.

 

Advertisements

Actions

Information

One response

24 06 2014
Lorna

WOW!! FABULOUS!! GOTTA LOVE THOSE BOAB FLOWERS. I love them too but didn’t know they even flowered! Good job Chris!! loving all this!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s




%d bloggers like this: