Monday, 20 May 2013

Well, here we are in Fitzroy Crossing with a little time to spare and strong internet connections so I will attempt to catch up on our activities.  It seems so long ago that I last told of all that we had been doing and I know you have been waiting patiently, so let's just see how it is all unfolding.
I'll skip over the "not much happening" bits and get to the good stuff soon.
Since Daly Waters, we have been at Timber Creek for one night.

I think I have waxed lyrical and posted photos of the stunningly dramatic landscape around here before, but these ancient red oxide rock escarpments are really something to see.

The true colour doesn't show up here, I think it is one of those things that you need to see for yourself.
Another part of the scenery that is very interesting is the boab trees which we are now seeing more and more of.

From here we crossed the WA border (the first time for us driving) after handing over our contraband at the quarantine station.  You can't even take honey over the border!
Kununurra (I have finally found out how to spell it properly) was our next overnight destination.  This was a very pleasant small town with lots more facilities than we had expected.  There was a tropical feel to the town and the caravan park, complete with cane toads and frangipani.  (I didn't think anyone needed to see a photo of a cane toad, so here is some frangipani).

Once again we managed to find a lovely place to have dinner.  I know there seems to be lots of  photos of us eating and drinking, but that's what we seem to do most of.

Next morning we made our way to the airport to meet up with the rest of our touring party.  Craig and Diane  from Drysdale came by plan via Darwin, Di's brother, Peter drove down from Darwin with Nick and Deb from Bellarine who had flown to Darwin.  We all headed for El Questro, with the new arrivals making a short  stop in Kununurra for supplies.
After we had been at El Questro for a few hours waiting for the others, they finally turned up.  It seems the Peter (the semi-local) had got lost!   Not just a little lost, but went about 100 kms towards Hall's Creek before realising he was not on the right road.  This was obviously cause for a lot of future comments!

This is the store and reception area at El Questro.  We stayed at El Questro for 3 days and there is lots to tell about this part of our journey so I'll save that for the next post.

One last thing - your fact for the day.  El Questro is a property comprising 1 million acres!  Not sure how that relates to small European countries, but it is very large!
See you soon (internet allowing). xx

1 comment:

  1. I don't know about European strictly but it would make El Questro the 176th largest country/autonomous zone in the world, ahead of Cape Verde according to the CIA world fact-book.

    Easier comparisons that might make more sense;
    it's nearly twice the size of Luxembourg, almost 4 times the size of Hong Kong and seven times the size of Singapore.

    If you took Monaco's economy and scaled it based upon area El Questro would have a GDP of 11.6 Trillion dollars, which is about 2/3rds the GDP of the EU.