Photographs and Adventures

Brolga Free Camp

Well, that isn’t really the name of this free camp, but when we first discovered it there were brolgas around the creek. It is near the King Edward River crossing on the Kalumbaru Road, and we set up camp there on our way back down from Mitchell Falls to re-join the Gibb River Road. We found that on the rougher dirt roads we averaged around 100km per day, which meant we could pitch our tents and relax under a tree or go for a walk  in the afternoon.

It is relatively east to find really pretty spots to camp when you are up in the Kimberley.

It is quite easy to find really pretty spots to camp when you are up in the Kimberley.

As long as you are relatively self sufficient (i.e. you need to take everything you need with you) there are lots of great places to stay. The water in the creeks and rivers is clean and clear. We didn’t generally use it for drinking, unless we boiled it first, but it was great for everything else.

Creek water was great for washing dishes, and people!

Creek water was great for washing dishes, and people!

You may notice Helva is wearing a down jacket in this photo. That is because it can get very cold overnight and in the early morning in the Kimberley. We weren’t aware of this, and found ourselves a little on the cool side in the nights, so we ended up using the picnic rugs to cosy up our bed.

In the early morning, the creek water was steaming and felt quite warm compared to the air temperature.

In the early morning, the creek water was steaming and felt quite warm compared to the air temperature.

Grasses swaying in the creek currents.

Grasses swaying in the creek currents.

Another lovely aquatic plant.

Another lovely aquatic plant.

More nice little plants from the creek bank.

More nice little plants from the creek bank.

I am now even more of a fan of free camping when travelling in remote areas. You get to stay in some amazingly lovely places, you can have a camp fire if the weather is suitable, you can choose who you camp with, and it costs nothing at all. What is not to like about that!

 

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