Before leaving for our big trip both my girls expressed interest in going for a helicopter flight somewhere. That was surprising as the few times they had been up previously they had both lost their lunches and had not enjoyed it all that much.
This time instead of just a scenic flight I thought they would enjoy landing somewhere and stretching their legs. Lake Argyle fitted that bill. Beautiful scenery, a restaurant and a fantastic swimming pool – just perfect!
Lake Argyle is Australia’s largest expanse of freshwater covering an area of more than 900 square kilometres at full supply level and up to 2000 square kilometres when in flood and is just a 20 minute flight away from my back yard!
We left late (7.40am) as we were not allowed to land before 8am as the landing spot is park of the Caravan Park and we did not want to wake any of the grey nomads from their slumber! Everything went well except that Marisah was sick about 5 minutes from landing. We had even given her a tablet this time but no luck. It did not affect her though and as soon as we had landed she was off bouncing around like Tigger the Tiger.
We went to the restaurant for some bacon and eggs and then headed across to the wonderful new swimming pool. Before we knew it, we had to get home as life was calling and appointments needed to be kept.
The flight back was going great until I asked Paul to do a few tight turns so I could get some photos of a property that a friend of mine is selling. That set Marisah off with the smell of bacon and eggs filling the cabin which then set Ariya off! Thank fully we were not too far from home and the girls were very grateful for terra firma !
Here are a few photos of the trip. I am not all that happy with them because of the late time of day we were flying and a dirty window didn’t help either!
As we took off we swooped over the 2013 sandalwood plantation to wave to Arli and Kristiina who were working. They quickly sent me a text asking us to come back as the breeze we created was lovely!
Looking back to the home block. Those few roofs you can see at 2 o’clock is where I live.
We headed for the back of the Kununurra township. As you can see it was built between some interesting rock formations and Lake Kununurra.
5 kms east of Kununurra is the Race course and rodeo grounds. Many people attend the races and rodeos by taking a boat up the Ord River from town.
Packsaddle Road has some very nice properties with fantastic views.
Getting away from civilisation now we followed the Ord River up towards the top dam.
Here is Lake Argyle. You can only see about 5% of the total amount of water in this photo. The largest freshwater lake in Australia holds some serious water!
And it is all held back by this tiny little wall.
This is the original workers camp. It is now a place that everyone should visit given the chance. A caravan park, restaurant, flash new accommodation and the best swimming pool in the top end.
Need I say more?
The girls loved it and kept on exclaiming how clean it was!
Here it is as we were taking off.
After take off we headed straight for the dam wall and followed the Ord River home.
This rock is known as Sleeping Buddha or Elephant Rock.
The township of Kununurra.
The mini Bungle Bungles is right on the edge of the town and a great place to explore.