Leaving Lake Argyle, we moved on to Kununurra, the town that has grown as a centre for the Ord River Irrigation Scheme fed by Lake Argyle. We based ourselves for the next 5 nights at a lovely bush camp on a small hobby farm about 10km out of town (sort of – we actually spent one of these camped out on the Ord River) . It was good to be away from the chaotic humdrum of caravan parks and after experiencing the one at Lake Argyle we were certainly glad to drive past those in Kununurra town itself.
Sadly, we think that the days regularly of having quiet camps to ourselves are largely over as we find ourselves in northern Australia in the peak season. For this same reason we also spent the best part of the first day in Kununurra planning our trip for the coming few weeks as it is now necessary to book certain places and tours in advance to ensure we don’t miss out. It’s a bit frustrating to no longer have the flexibility to stay as long as we like in a place if we like it and move on quickly if we don’t – but that’s the way it is.
That evening we drove back to town and went for a stroll in a park on the shore of Lake Kununurra – a very scenic lake lying behind the Ord River diversion dam that is kept permanently full by the outflows of Lake Argyle. The park has a number of trees planted by various celebrities with both trees and celebrities being of varying stature.
Boab and Lake Kununurra – Celebrity Tree Park
There were a few birds along the shore of the lake, but no new species, however I did get this nice shot of a white-gaped honeyeater and when we got back to our camp, we saw some cattle egret in the last light of day.
Unfortunately an unexpected public holiday in Western Australia meant that some of our plans for the next day (like getting hair cuts) were foiled, but we still had an enjoyable day exploring some of the areas around Kununarra and managed to add another 4 new birds to the list.