Heading northwards and back again travel blog

Emma Gorge Walking (??) trail

The only snake we came across - that we know of!!

Beautiful pool at end of Emma Gorge

Lisa and Me resting after the trek in.

In Zebedee Springs

Lunch Restaurant

Our air-conditioned transport to Chamberlain Gorge!!

Chamberlain Gorge

Cliffs in Chamberlain Gorge are as high as those in Great Australian...

El Questro Homestead.


Away from Katherine before 7am, arriving into Kununurra at noon...first time was NT time, the second WA time, so the travelling time was 6+1/2 hours, with a fuel and brunch stop at Timber Creek, before crossing the border back in to WA.

We have a waterside site here so looking directly out onto the peaceful Lake Kununurra. Close to where we were with Anne and David back in June. Birthday dinner booking to be made in the morning for Pete, at the Pumphouse, where we celebrated my birthday back then.

Had a lovely meal there again.

We had booked a day tour to El Questro and were picked up at 0700, along with two Melbourne Ladies, Lisa (a Collingwood supporter, so bore the brunt of Pete's jibes all day, though, true to form, she gave as good back!!) and Marianna. Our first stop was at Emma Gorge, where we did the 1.7km hike into the gorge, without Marianna, a large Lady. Was tough going, with large, very large and bigger rocks, but we did it, and we were rewarded with a very needed swim in the gorgeous pool at the end of the gorge. Then we had to face the 1.7km return trek!!

Morning tea followed back at the restaurant/shop area, then it was on to Zebedee Hot Springs for another dip, before heading to the Station itself for lunch on the outdoor balcony, overlooking another swimming area.

Then into our airconditioned vehicle for the ride to Chamberlain Gorge, where we boarded a boat for the trip to the fish sanctuary at the end of the accessible part of the Gorge, where we saw catfish, fed barramundi and got spat at by the Spotted (something-or-others, have forgotten the name!!) Wine and fruit were served here, too.

After that was the 100km return trip to Kununurra. So glad we persevered to get this trip booked - had tried for 2 months to secure a booking through the Tourist Centre, to no avail, and only days beforehand had contacted El Questro directly, and got our places secured. When we were relating this to our driver, it turned out Lisa and Marianna had had the same experience, so guess that the Tourist Centre will be getting a bullet from El Questro, as they must have cost many travellers their opportunity to visit this amazing Station.

Another couple of days in Kununurra before heading to Fitzroy Crossing for an overnight stay, then on to Derby, finally to be on the West Coast again!!



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