The 'Intrepids' set out for their trip to the Kimberley on 21st April, 2013. This followed successful trips to the Northern Territory in 2011 and Las Vegas, Cuba and New York in 2012. The trip started with six days at the Cable Beach Resort where there was plenty of time to relax in the 'adults only' swimming pool and plenty of time to stagger towards the Sunset Bar & Grill for pre-dinner drinks and views of the incredible sunsets. Geoffrey George joined us after a few days working back in MNelbourne and promptly went out onto the reefs to fish, bringing home a Spanish Mackeral and Golden Snapper which we barbequed for dinner on the last night that we were in Broome. There's nothing like fish fresh from the sea.
Geoff Allen, Rosie, Jenny and I took a day trip to the Horizontal Falls. The plane left early in the morning and after about an hour's flight we landed next to a pontoon in the Buccaneer Archapelago not far from the falls. We had a cooked breakfast, fed the sharks and then took the boat to the falls. They were spectacular and we were able to go through them a few times whilst the tides were not too high. Apparently the tides have a range of thirteen metres which is waht causes the bank up of water which is unable to get through the gaps in the hills causing a difference in the water level from one side of the gap to the other. The plane then took us across the Buccaneer Achapelago to Cape Leveque where we had lunch, had a look at the baeach and the lighthouse before taking a bus to Beagle Bay and then back to Cable Beach. It was a highlight of our trip.
After Cable Beach we drove to the Bungle Bungles via Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and the Warmun Art Centre where most of us bought some paintings by the Warmun artists. From Warmun we headed off road through Mabel Station to the facilities at East Kimberley Tours via the Echidna Chasm, where we established ourselves in the 'tents' that were our home for the three days we spent in the Bungle Bungles. The accommodation was excellent and we had full board with comfortable beds and good en suite showers. The meals were excellent and we were given a cut lunch so we could head off for the day to look at Cathedral Gorge and the Piccannini Creek.
We then drove on to Kunnunurra and stayed one night at the Kunnunurra Country Club and Resort before taking a small trip along the Gibb River Road to El Questro Emma Gorge Resort. Once again the accommodation was in up market tents. The resort had opened just a few days before we arrived and the coaches hadn'd started to arrive. As a result we had the place to ourselves in spite of the fact that some of the staff were new and still learning the ropes. Nevertheless they provided us with excellent service. Geoffrey George took another fishing trip and caught the record Barramundi for the region. According to Geoff it was 120cms long and I must say the photo supported his statements. When we went over to the Old Station there were photos of Geoff on the boards advertising the fishing trips so he was quite a celebrity. We had fresh barramundi for dinner that night and it was delicious. We did a side trip down the Chamberlain River and walked to Emma Gorge, a walk of some 45 to 60 minutes over some large rocks. It was well worthwhile. The day before we left we drove to Zebidee Hot Springs and bathed in them for quite a while. It was wonderful and very refreshing.
Geoffrey George, Jenny and I flew to Darwin: Geoff then went onto Melbourne and we stayed in Darwin for the next day. We met up with Geoff Allen, Heather and Rosie at the Darwin Yacht Club for dinner and another view of the sunset before finally heading back to Melbourne on 7th May.