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Jun 7, 2018 - Bush Fire at Mitchell Falls

Since arriving in Australia we’ve often seen the aftermath of bush fires, but we never thought we’d be in the middle of one, or even help to fight one. Returning from our morning chopper flight, we saw flames at the side of the helipad. “There’s a small fire down there”, radioed our pilot calmly, “perhaps, someone should put it out”. But the fire caught hold and spread rapidly. For the first 15 minutes after landing, there was a sense of (dis)organised panic, with vehicles and people rushing everywhere. The fire was only 50 metres from a...

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Sep 6, 2010 - Stayin on the Station

The Dunleys stayed on at Manning Gorge and we travelled further up the road to Mt Elizabeth Station, a working Cattle Station that offered it’s grounds for camping. We headed off the Gibb and up a torn and rugged track, dotted with cattle here and there. We travelled on an incline for ,most of the way, bringing us to the Kimberley high country. We passed the station airstrip (a common thing on these remote stations) and through a couple of gates. About 30 minutes later we arrived at the main homestead. We let them know we were here and paid...

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Jun 11, 2010 - The Mitchell Plateau

If I was to use two words to describe the infamous Gibb River Road, I guess "bitumen" and "100 kilometers per hour" wouldn't immediately come to mind. But this is exactly what we came across when we made the Gibb River Road turnoff after leaving Kununurra. Pete used the opportunity back in Kununurra to restock some food supplies and repair something in the car? trailer? Guess I'm a bit fuzzy on car parts. And then we pretty much hightailed it zooming past El Questro, Home Valley and Ellenbrae Station before making the turnoff up the...

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Aug 1, 2006 - El Questro

El Questro was absolutely wonderful and we all had a fabulous time there. El Questro is a million acre station just on the northern end of the Gibb River Rd. The campground was on the banks of the river with shady trees in view of horses and donkeys and various other wildlife. This made us feel like we were really in the outback. The ablution block was one of the best although a compass and cut-lunch was needed to get there and back. I didn't like going there much in the middle of the night! The property itself is stunning with lots of...

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