Fitzroy Crossing & Halls Creek - Day 206
Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
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Passed though Halls Creek later in the day which appears to be a strange and really run town. Stopped there briefly to grab a Pie and a rest. The town has a really sad and deprived feel about it
I really want to visit the Bungle Bungles which is a spectacular honey comb formation of domes and gorges. I'm pretty close to the national park now but the road leading to the Bungles is a very rough 53km long undulating dirt track. My two wheel drive Toyota isn't going make it, so I've been exploring other options. I was thinking of treating myself and splashing out on a helicopter. So I drove past the national park to a place called Turkey Creek around 50km away to the north. There's a company there who can fly me in for a short 30 minute scenic flight. I went to the office next to the roadhouse but it was closed. So I thought I'll find somewhere to sleep close by and go back to the office first thing in morning to make a booking. As I left the office, I turned on the car radio. There was a local news report saying a helicopter from this same company crashed in the park today and killed the pilot and three young female passengers, shit!! If I'd arrived a day early, I could have been on that chopper!!
After hearing the news, I thought there's no point me waiting around. So I'll head to Kununurra in the north tomorrow and try and arrange a scenic plane flight instead. The news report said the crash had caused a bush fire, and from where I've parked-up tonight I can see the orange hue of the fire burning in the distance. Such a terrible incident.