Saturday, September 8, 2012

Purnululu to Fitzroy Crossing

Up super early as we have a 6am chopper flight.
Only half an hour. It takes us 10 minutes in the chopper to cover the distance it took a couple of hours in the bus. What a vista, as we fly east into the rising sun.

A quick circuit over the southern part of the Bungle Bungles Plateau puts yesterdays walks into perspective as we look down on the eroded plateau that dissolves into the dome country on the south western corner.

Fantastic unhindered views in all directions, but all to soon its time to head back to the camp. This time taking a route that tracks over the Ord river bed, we are shown how to spot cattle, as Chris the pilot explains how they use choppers to muster the cattle, flushing them out of remote corners and driving them down hill and down stream to the mustering points.

A quick circuit over the camp and we're back on Terra Firma.

Time to pack the bikes and hit the road. Sad farewells to Celeste & Lesley who are heading back to Kununurra and Darwin.
90km to Halls Creek, re-fuel and coffee then we hit the road west.

There are a couple of 'free' camp sites along the route, but as the temperature climbs to 38 degrees, we end up covering the 300km from Halls Creek to Fitzroy Crossing and the Fitzroy Lodge caravan park. $15 per night per person, but shady and grassed tent sites, a pool and all facilities. In this weather we are happy to spend the money and avoid a hot dusty, dry and shadeless camp site at the side of the road.

In fact the camp site is so pleasant we decide to spend two nights here, and do a day trip up to Geikie Gorge to have a look at the Devonian Limestone reef that has been cut by the Fitzroy River.,com_hotproperty/task,view/id,43/

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