In hindsight, this was a watershed day. We had been on the road for 8 days with 6 to go. This was our last day in the Kimberleys. Our last day of those wonderful rocks and colours. El Questro was an oasis, a pander to citified sensibilities. It worked a treat.
I had heard of the Gibb River Road prior to this trip, but did not realise that it held iconic status. 'The road maketh the man' syndrome. See that little fruit on my hat there, balanced on my spare coach seat? That is a Rosella. And you thought that to be only some variety of parrot. Wrong! They make jam from it. And wine ... I bet that would make the palate wince!
So, off we toddled into the irrigation area. Mile after mile of mango trees. And vegies as far as the eye can see. Kununurra is a town based on the Ord River Scheme of the 60s. This seems to be going stronger and stronger even though us city folk down south thought it had ceased to exist ages ago. It had a setback because rice was not a goer. But they diversified. The hassle now is that they are going big time into Sandalwood trees for use in the perfume market. What a waste of resources. I want them to grow cauliflowers and turnips and pumpkins. Food for the masses.
The two little fauna shots were taken on the edge of Lake Kununurra (Ord River) where we had our group photo taken. It was while we were setting this up that one of the chaps on the tour announced: "Ladies and Gents, we have a female Prime Minister".
So here we are at the Argyle Downs homestead of the Durack Family. They were instrumental in the settlement of the Kimberleys and in the commencement of the farming of cattle. When it was realised that the Ord River would flood the homestead, they moved it, brick by brick, to higher ground. For its position in the psyche of the early settlers of this nation, it is a most modest abode.
In the grounds of the Durack homestead was this bower, and this male Greater Bower Bird - the one I have been promising or a few days already! Have a look at his neck-kerchief - beautiful, eh what? And yes, the photo of the bower was an 'on yer belly' shot.