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Devonian National Park

May 25, 2012

Thursday 24th May Somewhere before Tunnel Creek

Here was the rest area on which we stayed for the night.

rest area

We started seeing our first baobab called in Australia “baob” and typical from the Kimberley region in which we were now.

baob

We saw also huge termite mounds like this one.

termite mound

We passed gorgeous rivers, like that one.

river

On the bank of this river were some ibis like this one.

ibis

Here is a typical picture of the Kimberley region, baob, cows and termite mound.

Kimberley

Another baob, close to the road we were driving on.

baob

We took left, an unsealed road, with the idea of going to Tunnel Creek and if possible to Windjana Gorge. After about an hour though, we realised that our wicked camper was not made for that road. On top of that, we realised we would not have enough petrol in the tank to make it to Windjana gorge and back until Fitzroy Crossing, the next petrol stop. Ideally, we should have driven to Derby, refilled there, and then taken the road from above, right to Windjana Gorge, then to Tunnel Creek and off to Fitzroy Crossing in that order. We stopped a 4-wheel drive high clearance that was coming our way, and checked with them. It was an Australian couple in their late fifties who had a great car, 2 spare wheels, extra-fuel, and a GPS to know the exact distance they were covering. Well equipped for this kind of road, not like us, but hey we were newbies, and doing the best we could…So we turned back. Luckily, we had spotted some other little rocks that looked interesting to explore and went for that. We didn’t even know the name of that little area. According to the map, it could be the Brockling Gorge? Maybe, or maybe not.

road

In any case, it was beautiful to explore too. We climbed the rocks seen here on this picture.

rocks

From there was a stunning view over the rocks and the plain. We could also see a little lake below.

river and plain

While walking down to that little lake, we could see the rocks from closer.

rocks

This area seemed perfectly appropriate for prehistoric people to live in, and I could imagine people making a fire here, sleeping there, painting on those stones.

cave time rocks

Close to the river, we met Jenny and John, a couple in their sixties who were from Tasmania, and had lived in the Kimberley many years. They had installed their car and chair next to the river to sleep there that night, and we chose a spot somewhere close to the rocks too to spend the night.

We missed the sunset again, but were rewarded as usual with the after-sunset beautiful colours.

after sunset

Friday 25th May

Here was the first thing I saw while looking outside the window half-asleep at 6.30am.

nice rock

We had breakfast and during breakfast a tique bite Francesca. Beeeeee.

tique

It was easy to remove with the biggest of the two tique-removal little fork I had bought in France before to leave for 3 euros! Very hand stuff, and so light to carry. Never go travelling without! You never know!

We drove to Fitzroy Crossing, where we refilled the tank. There were a lot of black kite eagles hovering over the petrol station and some Aboriginal people in the background sitting.

petrol station

Here is one black kite just hovering above us.

black kite

We took the road going to Geckie Gorge. On the way to there, we saw a new bird we had not seen either before, called a brolga.

brolga

We went for a walk along the river. The scenery was really green.

landscape

There were lots of birds flying around and we saw a bee-eater eating a dragonfly.

bee eater

The bee-eater is really a colourful bird.

bee eater

We walked in the opposite direction and chilled out seating in front of this beautiful view over the river.

view

We came back to the parking where we had some lunch. We saw this tiny bird chasing the black-kite. Brave bird! Maybe his nest was in danger and he was trying to tell the black-kite not to come to close. The black-kite kept flying around, ignoring him as if it was just a little fly!

small bird chasing black kite

We went with about 20 other people on an hour boat ride at 3pm. Here was some of the landscape.

view

We saw a lot of freshies, the small crocodiles like this one.

freshy croc

We saw also bird nests under rocks.

bird nests

Some of the scenery was dramatic high cliffs of various colours.

cliffs

After that boat ride, we hit the road again and missed the sunset again, but enjoyed the after-sunset colours.

after sunset

We stopped on a rest area called Mary Pool, on the way to Halls Creek.

We made some cool crepes, one with the shape of a moon face.

crepe

It was really windy and freezing. My throat was better but I could feel that the cold was not away yet, and on top of that I had a small diarrhea. Yep, even in Australia, or maybe some reminiscence of something from Asia. Ma euh!!!!

Tomorrow, driving North to Wyndham!

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