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Tailem Bend in the winter

We are just having a quick winter getaway and camped at Tailem Bend on the Murray River for a few nights. After a stunning sunset it was a bit chilly at night and we were pleased to have a campfire.

 

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It is easy to make photos like this with a tripod, and around a 5 sec exposure at ISO200. I found I needed to focus manually on the spot where the sparkler-holding-person would stand.

Tailem Bend campfire

Campfire on the banks of the Murray River at Tailem Bend, South Australia. A cosy way to end the day.

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Maryborough, Qld

We finally made our way across to the east coast and to Maryborough which is a lovely town in which to spend a night. It has been quite a while since we stayed in a town! Being boaties, we opted to put our van next to the Marina on the Mary River for the night so that Peter could look at the boats; he has been missing his boat and the sea. Once we were set up, we went for a walk through the beautifully kept Queens Park, which is one of the oldest botanical parks in Australia. Nearby is the historic court house, and beside it …

The Sausage Tree (Kigelia Pinnata), a native of South Africa, was propagated in about 1850 by botanist John Bidwill. It is a very rare specimen  and is on the Heritage Register.

…is the Sausage Tree (Kigelia Pinnata), a native of South Africa, which was propagated in about 1850 by botanist John Bidwill. It is a very rare specimen and is on the Heritage Register.

It is easy to imagine a brass band playing in the rotunda in Queens Park.

The band stand in Queens Park is quite lovely and ornate and it is easy to imagine a brass band playing in the rotunda to an appreciative audience.

The miniature railway line runs between the hanging roots of the ancient Banyan  tree in Queens Park.

The miniature railway line runs in and out between the hanging roots of the ancient Banyan Fig tree in Queens Park. The Banyan Fig is well over 100 years old and quite spectacular with its huge system of roots.

Maryborough has lots of nicely restored historic buildings, but also some modern art such as this water wall near the art gallery.

Maryborough has lots of nicely restored historic buildings, but also some modern art such as this water wall near the art gallery.

Egret taking flight on the Mary River.

Egret taking flight on the Mary River. Kind of blurry, but I like it!

The sun sets after another busy day!

Looking up the Mary River, our caravan is the little white blob on the right, next to the marina jetty.

And the sun sets after another busy day.


Boodjamulla National Park (AKA Lawn Hill National Park)

Lawn Hill National Park is in the remote Gulf region of northwestern Queensland. It is over 1800 kilometres north west of Brisbane, close to the border with the Northern Territory.

The emerald waters and lush vegetation of Lawn Hill Gorge form a beautiful oasis in the outback, attracting abundant wildlife and offering exceptional views, walks, canoeing and cultural sites.

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There are many walks around the park, some of them quite easy and some more difficult and adventurous.

There are many walks around the park, some of them quite easy and some more difficult and adventurous.

The steep rock walls rise above you on either side as you approach the start of the lower gorge.

The steep rock walls rise above you on either side as you approach the start of the lower gorge.

Looking towards the lower gorge from the camp area.

The best way by far to see the gorge is to hire a canoe and paddle upstream.

The best way by far to see the gorge is to hire a canoe and paddle upstream.

It is quite spectacular paddling beneath the rock walls.

It is quite spectacular paddling beneath the rock walls. You can see the relative size of the canoe below the pandanus.

Waterfall at the top end of the lower gorge.

Waterfall at the top end of the lower gorge.

Just along from here you need to lift the canoe out of the water and drag it over the rocks to access the upper gorge.

Just along from here you need to lift the canoe out of the water and drag it over the rocks to access the upper gorge.

I loved the roots of this tree exposed by the rushing water. This is a permanent waterway and runs all year round.

Emerald waters of the gorge.

Emerald waters of the gorge.

Darter resting on a tree branch over the water.

Darter resting on a tree branch over the water.

Some parts of the gorge look quite tropical with palm trees and pandanus.

Some parts of the gorge look quite tropical with palm trees and pandanus hanging over the emerald water.

Water lilies in the upper gorge.

Water lilies in the upper gorge.

Evening reflections as we make our way back to camp.

Evening reflections as we make our way back to camp.


Gregory River free camp

On our way to Lawn Hill National Park (Boodjamulla National Park) in the gulf region of north Queensland, we camped for the night on the banks of the Gregory River. This is a very remote area, but there were lots of people camping here. It is a beautiful river with crystal clear water which was flowing quite fast; it is spring fed and flows all year.

Gregory River

Gregory River

The old bridge is no longer in use but you can walk across to explore the other side of the river and visit the tiny town of Gregory which is pretty much a pub and a couple of houses.

The old bridge is no longer in use but you can walk across to explore the other side of the river and visit the tiny town of Gregory which pretty much consists of a pub and a couple of houses.

Male Crimson Finch, only found in the most northerly parts of Australia.

Male Crimson Finch, only found in the most northerly parts of Australia.

Female Crimson Finch

Female Crimson Finch

Early morning reflections on the Gregory River.

Early morning reflections on the Gregory River.

It is very easy to understand why this is such a popular place to camp. The only downside is that you need to be totally self sufficient to stay here, but if you are organised it is an awesome place to stay especially if you can set up right on the river bank.


Bitter Springs near Mataranka

Mataranka, in the Northern Territory, is famous for it’s hot springs. Bitter Springs is just down the road at the north east end of Mataranka township, and much less commercial and therefore more appealing to people like us. The headwaters of the Roper River inside Elsey National Park (where crocodiles are managed) are popular for bushwalking, birdwatching, canoeing, swimming and fishing. These pools flow at a constant 32 degrees C. and are still very much in their natural state. Swimmers can glide with the current downstream to view the beautiful riparian vegetation and birdlife along the way. With a mask and snorkel, small fish and turtles can be seen as the water is fantastically clear. I don’t have too many photos from Bitter Springs, as we were too busy swimming and enjoying the warm waters while we were there.

The first glimpse of the stream as you approach Bitter Springs doesn't give away the secrets awaiting when you arrive at the swimming area of the springs.

The first glimpse of the stream as you approach Bitter Springs doesn’t give away the secrets awaiting when you arrive at the swimming area of the springs.

The warm, crystal clear waters are ideal for a relaxing swim…or float down the stream.

The warm, crystal clear blue tinted waters are ideal for a relaxing swim…or just float down the stream and enjoy the weightless sensation of floating in warm gently flowing water.

Native growing tall palm trees add a tropical touch.

Native growing tall palm trees add a tropical touch.

It is easy to spend hours relaxing in the warm, clear water.

It is easy to spend hours relaxing in the warm, clear water.

Mataranka thermal springs are definitely not to be missed if you are travelling in the Northern Territory. In fact, we visited twice on this trip, both on our way up to Katherine and when we began our trip back down south. It is a very special place and not a crocodile in sight!


Kununurra and Lake Argyle

 

Kununurra is a town in far northern Western Australia located at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley region, approximately 37 kilometres (23 miles) from the border with the Northern Territory. The town of Kununurra was initiated to service the Ord River Irrigation Scheme.

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Lake Argyle was formed by damming the Ord River and other smaller creeks and rivers, and is Australia’s largest artificial lake by volume.

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The construction of the Ord River Dam was completed in 1971. The dam was officially opened the following year. The dam is 335 metres long, and 98 metres high. The earth-fill only dam wall at Lake Argyle is the most efficient dam in Australia in terms of the ratio of the size of the dam wall to the amount of water stored. The lake was named after the property it partly submerged, Argyle Downs

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Rainbow Bee Eater

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Rainbow Bee Eater, on branch at Dead Horse Springs, Lake Kununurra.

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Brilliant yellow Kapok flowers. Lake Argyle lookout.

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The Ord River as it leaves Lake Argyle. The dam wall can be seen in the top third of the photograph.

The Ord irrigation scheme has allowed crops such as these sunflowers to be grown in the formerly arid area.

The Ord irrigation scheme has allowed crops such as these sunflowers to be grown in the formerly arid area. 

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Ivanhoe Crossing was once the way to get across the Ord River

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But these days, the crossing is closed to traffic due to the constantly flowing water, and has become a popular fishing and picnic spot.

Lake Argyle and Kununurra are like an oasis in this dry and isolated land. Lake Argyle normally has a surface area of about 1,000 square kilometres and there are currently around 150 square kilometres of farmland under irrigation in the East Kimberly region.


Gieke Gorge

Today, another gorgeous gorge. When we arrived in Fitzroy Crossing, we decided that we had to take the little boat cruise that goes up through Geike Gorge. We have done it before, but our friends had not, and we thought it was worth going again as this is another very special place.

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The limestone cliffs are white below the flood water line and stained red brown above by oxidation.
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There are lots of fresh water crocodiles in the water or sunning themselves on the waters edge.

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