We left Timber Creek heading south west on the Victoria Highway and the scenery began to change. We started seeing more red rock escarpments and boab trees. It was looking more like Western Australia and a bit more dramatic. Boabs are our favourite tree this side of OZ. M
One particularly interesting Boab near Timber Creek was the “Gregory Tree” which was near a spring on the Victoria River. Explorer Augustus Gregory made a base camp here last century and the tree was carved by one of his men. The lettering was beautiful. The bark must be soft as every large boab on the side of the road you pass has been carved by someone. Poor things! Some must be hundreds of years old. M
Just before the border we turned left off the highway to the Zebra Rock mine to do a Sunset Wetlands cruise on the Lake Argyle wetlands. The rock mine was owned by a man named Kimberly who grew up on cattle properties around here and used to wrestle wild bulls for a living back in the day. He used to collect zebra rock as a kid and now has the lease to mine this interesting rock. It is only found in this area near Lake Argyle. Much of the rock is now under the waters of Lake Argyle or on this property. M
The next morning it was off to Western Australia!
We left the mine and headed over the West Australian border going through the quarantine check point. The officer boarded the caravan and took the remainder of our veggies off us and Steve’s honey. We should have remembered losing our honey going across the Nullabor some years before. Due to it’s isolation, west Australia is free of many of the pests found in other states which is why this is such a serious check point. I suggested to the officer he could have coleslaw with his lunch. He admitted he got the 5 fruit and veg every day now. M
Next we headed to Lake Argyle and the Ord Dam to have a look. Someone we met at the beginning of this trip recommended this place as his favourite place on his travels. It was sort of amazing seeing how they made this dam and how huge the lake is, but to me it was another fake lake that looked weird at the edges. M
Boabs and Kapok flowers on the road.