Kimberley Capers…Fitzroy Crossing

Trip Start Apr 05, 2011
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Trip End Nov 15, 2012


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Sunday, September 18, 2011

The drive along the Great Northern Highway to Fitzroy Crossing was picturesque, the purple hues radiating off the Erskine Ranges added a further dimension to the colours of the Kimberley we had experienced thus far. We found the countryside to be remarkably stunning, sprinkled with the intriguing Boab tree; their majestic forms had us captivated.  If I had asked Rod to stop for a photo of another Boab tree I think he may have lost it!  Being a deciduous tree we were admiring them in their true naked state, their voluptuous smooth metallic trunks heading skyward and branching out into unique formations, an occasional large nut still clinging to the end of a branch.  It would be such a different drive in the coming months as they begin to sprout their lush green leaves.

We crossed the mighty Fitzroy River and checked into the Lodge on the outskirts of town.  Its large grassy grounds reminded us of a country club and we instantly felt comfortable there.  It was nice to feel grass under foot and for the first time this trip we were camped 'under the shade of a Coolibah tree'.

I am not sure if Rod was shocked or surprised when I returned from connecting the power with a beaming smile and a slimy green companion.   A green tree frog had been nestled in the power box and I just couldn’t resist picking it up and giving it a pat!  (We don’t see them at all in the city)

We drove out to Geikie Gorge to take a cruise along the Fitzroy River.  Our drive took us out over the old Fitzroy River Crossing and as we drove across the narrow bridge still covered by water we watched the locals frolicking in the water and along the river bank, children delighting in jumping from the bridge.

It was hard to believe that in March this river stretched 30 kilometres wide in parts as the floodwater engulfed the area.  Whilst there was still a foot or so over the bridge at this time (the end of the dry), during the wet the water flows meters above the old river crossing and during floods it reaches around 13 metres above the crossing, so hard to fathom such a massive body of water.

Geikie Gorge was stunning.  The sheer colourful rock faces dropping deep into the river, their image reflecting perfectly off the dark Fitzroy River waters.  These rock faces, carved out over millions of years offered an array of textures and formations which had us captivated.  The colours made all the more intense from the afternoon sunlight bouncing off the gorge walls. The rich deep reds, the soft creams, pastel pinks, browns and oranges, complimented with green foliage springing to life out of crevices in the rock face.  It truly was a show of visual splendor.

An abundance of freshwater crocodiles were lining the river banks basking in the afternoon sun.  Even after seeing so many in Windjana Gorge we were thrilled every time we spotted one.  We clicked off far too many photographs as we found them posing on rocks, their jaws ajar… thank goodness for digital cameras!

The children were still happily jumping off the bridge as we drove back to our camp, we waited patiently for them to clear a path so we could drive across the old Fitzroy River Crossing one more time.

As Syd and Cheryl were heading further East the following day and we had opted to spend another day in Fitzroy Crossing; Rod cooked up a feast of delicious roast lamb and we again talked and laughed well into the evening.

Highlights of Fitzroy Crossing:

-          Boat cruise along Geikie Gorge

-          Freshwater crocodiles posing on rocks

-          Old Fitzroy River Crossing
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Comments

Kaz on

How Brown are the Browns??? Is that you Lyndal???

Lyndal on

Yeh... can you believe it! I have never been so brown before, all natural; we never sunbake, it is just from spending time enjoying the great outdoors. Imagine what colour I'll be by the end of summer! Cheers and thank you for your comments and following our adventure.

duane antcliff on

lyndal and the colour brown just so dont go together normally, i hope your wearing a hat regularly would hate for the top of your head to get burnt. might have to tap you on the head to check your okay. good to see your both so relaxed and enjoying yourselves have fun cya around xmas
love duane and gillian

Lyndal on

The memories... a day a Seaworld, who would have thought it would result in sun stroke and my head being covered in blisters. Jessica was so sweet resting with me, nursing me through. Duane, I still remember that karate chop to the head, I am sure it burst some of the blisters! Look forward to catching up as we make our way south along the east coast. Cheers.

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