Napp Springs is located just over the border of Western Australia in the Northern Territory and is about a 35 minute flight by Helicopter from the town of Kununurra. This 10km long spring has a permanent water supply.
Last year I wrote about an amazing helifishing trip that I did. Well on the way home we took a detour over Napp Springs and ever since then I was hoping I would one day get back to check it out properly.
In April I was lucky to get a lift back out to this very remote and beautiful part of the world. The rocks are amazing, the colours so vivid and the water so clear and refreshing.
I had a blast swimming around and jumping off the cliffs with my brother egging me on. That was until I landed awkwardly and managed to do some serious damage to my left shoulder. It was a more subdued ride home for me and now, 6 months later, I am still having issues with it despite x-rays and Physiotherapy. That pain has not taken away my memories of a great morning out which I share with you now by the way of a few photos and comments. Please enjoy.
On approach to our landing spot at Napp Springs.
It was a hot day and the water looked so cool and inviting.
Found our landing spot.
Looking back down the way we flew in. Look how clear that water is!
Looking up stream.
A little further upstream.
Water seemingly to appear out of nothing!
Checking out other waterfall spots on the way home for possible further exploration at a later time.
The mini Bungle Bungles near the town of Kununurra.
Once we start flying over this kind of country we are only a few minutes from home.
Following on from my post a few days ago called Heli-fishing in the Kimberley I thought I would blog separately about the trip back to the Kununurra airport.
There are hundreds of waterfalls scattered around the magnificent East Kimberley and on the way back we swung past a few of them. These are by no means the best in the area and hopefully over the next year or so I will be abe to take a few more trips out with my brother to see some of the better ones (and then blog about it.)
Here is a video of our take off from where we had been fishing.
With the recent rains it was nice and green.
We headed straight to nearby Napp Springs which you will see get closer and closer in the next three photos. We were going to buzz down below the rock walls but the wind had picked up quite a bit so it was decided not to risk it.
From Napp Springs we turned for home (Kununurra airport) and took in a few more waterfalls along the way. It is amazing to see how they have dug out of the red rocks such amazing gorges over the years.
The valleys started to open up as we got closer to Kununurra which is in the middle of the fertile plains of the Ord River Valley.
Before you knew it we were approaching Kununurra from the East, across Hidden Valley National Park (now called Mirima)…..
…before swinging to the North which gave me a good view of Kelly’s Knob with the township in the background.
In less then a minute we were on approach to the airport. In the background you can see the rock formation known locally as sleeping buddha. Hopefully you can work out why!