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A flying visit to Lake Argyle

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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?

Need I say more?


The girls loved it and kept on exclaiming how clean it was!

The girls loved it and kept on exclaiming how clean it was!

Here it is as we were taking off.

Here it is as we were taking off.

After take off we headed straight for the dam wall and followed the Ord River home.

After take off we headed straight for the dam wall and followed the Ord River home.

Lake Argyle Dam Wall

Ord River

This rock is known as Sleeping Buddha or Elephant Rock.

This rock is known as Sleeping Buddha or Elephant Rock.



The township of Kununurra.

The township of Kununurra.

The mini Bungle Bungles is right on the edge of the town and a great place to explore.

The mini Bungle Bungles is right on the edge of the town and a great place to explore.

August 2013

After the craziness of July, August seemed rather sedate! The weather started to warm up, we stepped up the school lessons and we did a few more trips with Bow and Noot as their time in Australia was fast coming to an end. I spent two days out on a friends property helping fight a bush fire but have decided there is already too many photos for this blog entry so will save that for a separate entry following this one.

School got back into full swing. Here are the girls with their science experiment. They were testing the conditions that seeds can grow or not grow in.

School got back into full swing. Here are the girls with their science experiment. They were testing the conditions that seeds can grow or not grow in.

There was a lot of artwork done as well!

There was a lot of artwork done as well!

In my previous blog I mentioned a trip that my Dad, brother and I did and how I came back in August with some close friends to visit it again but this time spend all day there exploring, eating and just catching up with each other.

I was worried how Jacob would go for an entire day with no afternoon nap but he had a blast. He could play with as much dirt as he wanted for as long as he wanted - heaven for him!

I was worried how Jacob would go for an entire day with no afternoon nap but he had a blast. He could play with as much dirt as he wanted for as long as he wanted – heaven for him!

The kids were pretty adventurous which was great.

The kids were pretty adventurous which was great.

More dirt!

More dirt!

Marisah found this Aboriginal painting of a serpent in a massive rock overhang.

Marisah found this Aboriginal painting of a serpent in a massive rock overhang.

Jacob and I off exploring

Jacob and I off exploring

We left early and stayed all day and into the evening it was a great day which included lots and lots of.....

We left early and stayed all day and into the evening. It was a great day which included lots and lots of…..

Food!

Food!


After 2 months at our house Noot and Bow were well and truly settled in. They had even caught the hair cutting bug!

After 2 months at our house Noot and Bow were well and truly settled in. They had even caught the hair cutting bug!

I organised a helicopter trip for them out to Cape Domett. Didn;t catch anything but we had a great time taking in the natural beauty and total isolation that only the Kimberley Coast can give. For some reason I have no photos apart from this one! This was on the flight out and I loved the artwork quality of the tide coming in over the hot dry sand.

I organised a helicopter trip for them out to Cape Domett. Didn’t catch any fish but we had a great time taking in the natural beauty and total isolation that only the Kimberley Coast can give. For some reason I have no photos apart from this one! This was on the flight out and I loved the artwork quality of the tide coming in over the hot dry sand.

We also took them to Elquestro Station for lunch and then a walk up to Emma George. Once again I think my photos are all on Bows camera and I must get a copy. Here is Jacob at the start of the walk.

We also took the to Elquestro Station for lunch and then a walk up to Emma George. Once again I think my photos are all on Bows camera and I must get a copy. Here is Jacob at the start of the walk.

And here he is setting off for the walk. He was not happy when i told him he could not go and had to stay back at the restaurant with Mum. I am glad I decided that as it was about a 2km walk in and a lot of it was over some pretty rough terrain.

And here he is setting off for the walk. He was not happy when i told him he could not go and had to stay back at the restaurant with Mum. I am glad I decided that as it was about a 2km walk in and a lot of it was over some pretty rough terrain.

This little fella started to get friendly and often visited our house much to the delight of my visiting Thai niece and nephew!

This little fella started to get friendly and often visited our house much to the delight of my visiting Thai niece and nephew!

Bow helping Marisah out with some needle work.

Bow helping Marisah out with some needle work.

Jacob was totally besotted with Noot by now as he had the patience to sit on the floor with him for hours just playing cars and helicopters.

Jacob was totally besotted with Noot by now as Noot had the patience to sit on the floor with him for hours just playing cars and helicopters.

Here they are down at Ivanhoe Crossing.

Here they are down at Ivanhoe Crossing.

The three of them at Ivanhoe Crossing, Kununurra.

The three of them at Ivanhoe Crossing, Kununurra.


My sister had brought with her another scooter so now we had three and Jacob could finally join in. The tent on the balcony was where Noot was sleeping.

My sister had brought with her another scooter so now we had three and Jacob could finally join in. The tent on the balcony was where Noot was sleeping.

Jacob loved snuggling into this little box to play.

Jacob loved snuggling into this little box to play.

Of course he loved it even more when Ariya would join him!

Of course he loved it even more when Ariya would join him!

Marisah playing dress ups.

Marisah playing dress ups.

Babychinnos have always been popular in our house and now Jacob has joined the group!

Babychinnos have always been popular in our house and now Jacob has joined the group!

Playing with his sisters.

Playing with his sisters.

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A sleepover was organised when our friend Nikita was visiting Kununurra. Cousin Elise also joined in for the night.

A sleepover was organised when our friend Nikita was visiting Kununurra. Cousin Elise also joined in for the night.

Girls sleepover fun

I saved my favourite photo for last. No explanation necessary.

I saved my favourite photo for last. No explanation necessary.