Went for a tour of Lake Argyle and the Ord River. We were picked up by a bus and driven to Lake Argyle, shown the highlights along the way eg Durack’s Homestead then at the dam wall we transferred to a boat. Our bus driver transmogrified into the boat captain. Saw 3 crocodiles on the rocks near the dam wall, I guess they’re employed by the tour companies. The trip down the river through the gorges was excellent and although we were away from 11:30 until 5:30 no time was boring. We were even given soft drinks, muffins, tropical fruit and scones at a nice little landing place. We could see Catfish, renamed Silver Cobbler or something to make them more desirable. We’ve seen a lot of silvery fish which have black dots along their sides. Crocodiles were in many different parts and also near the banks big rogue bulls which are descendents of escapees from those owned by early pastoralists like the Duracks. The cattle around her now are all Brahmin types but these were all Shorthorns. The bird life was less than I anticipated but like around The Cooper there is so much water about they have no need to move to the big rivers. Took lots of photos but none will do justice to the place. We’ve booked in for another night because I want to see the Sandalwood place and also the Zebra Rock workplace. Alex wants to drive over the Ivanhoe Crossing as a prelude to the Gibb River crossings. The editor has just pointed out I failed to mention the wonderful steak I had for dinner, cooked to perfection of course, by said editor.
August 15, 2011