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Jul 25, 2013 - Home Valley Station

25/07/13 Home Valley Station After a short drive we arrived at Home Valley Station and set up in the campground. Curtis and I spent the rest of the day in the playground meeting new friends and having a quick swim in the pool while Mum and Dad got the ute ready for the rough road to come. Z 26/07/13 Home Valley Station This morning Mum went on a trail ride on a horse called Mr T. Curtis, Dad and I went on a short walk to a couple of lookouts but they were pretty boring! In the afternoon Curtis and I went on a horse and cart ride with a...

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Jul 24, 2013 - El Questro Station

24/07/13 El Questro Station After spending a night in Kununurra to refuel and stock up on food we headed off up the Gibb River Rd. First stop was El Questro Station. Here we visited Moonshine Gorge and walked up El Questro Gorge. El Questro Gorge was much more tropical than where we had been up til now. It had heaps of ferns and water flowing all along it. Curtis and I swam in a rock pool that was crystal clear. The next morning we got up early so we could wait for the gates to Zebedee Spings to open up at 7am. Zebedee Springs is a thermal...

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Aug 21, 2012 - Jesse's cars in the Kimberley

The Gibb River Road can be severely corrugated with many dips and river crossings that catch you unawares. If you don’t drive to the conditions it’s easy to loose control around corners or blow out a tyre on the sharp stones. Jesse’e cars were a good reminder along the way to take it easy and slow down!!!

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Aug 20, 2012 - Kimberley: Mt Barnett - Manning Gorge

Kimberley: Mount Barnett - Manning Gorge 20 – 21st August 2012 Back on the Gibb River Road we continued our journey west to Mount Barnett and Manning Gorge. Along the way we couldn’t resist the tempting signs to stop at Ellenbrae Homestead for their famous “Scones and Tea”. Thank goodness we have been doing a lot of walks and swimming everyday after devouring the biggest scones you have ever seen. Sean said that Val’s scones were still better! We arrived at our campsite along the Manning River around lunchtime & set up in 35 degree C heat....

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Jun 18, 2012 - Derby to Manning Gorge - Day 1 Gibb River Road

The Gibb River Road! Woohoo, we finally got here. We left Derby by 9am and hit the Gibb River Road, initially it is bitumen but it doesnt take long before you hit gravel and corrigations. The first memory to kick into place for me was Queen Victorias Head, Ben was certainly impressed! Driving through the King Leopold Ranges you realise how isolated you are from the rest of the world, but the scenery just takes your breathe away, our photos will never do it justice. As we pulled over to take photos we heard the air pump for our mattress...

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Jun 18, 2012 - Manning Gorge to Home Valley Station - Days 2/3 Gibb River Road

After packing away and not so much enjoying a cold shower we made our way to Manning Gorge. It was very clear and beautiful, to see the waterfall we had to swim across the gorge, considering the water was freezing we decided to give it a miss as we wanted to get to Home Valley before dark. We dropped in to Mount Barnett Roadhouse to top up with Diesel ($2.05per litre), grabbed an ice coffee and sausage roll and hit the road again. The first part of the drive today was certainly rougher and rockier than yesterday but it soon turned back to...

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Sep 3, 2010 - Kimberley Sun

The Gibb was a great shortcut through the Kimberley but it was also renowned for the spectacular gorges and natural waterholes and billabongs along the way. It had become a common route for those travellers with 4wd’s and tough off-road trailers so we fit the bill. Another significant point was timing. We were travelling through the Kimberley at the hottest time of the year: the Build Up. It was the transition between the dry season and the wet season, where temperatures soared and humidity was high. The Gibb River road slanted diagonally...

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May 12, 2008 - Bigge Island

Monday 12 May saw us plod onto Bigge Island. Again the weather was beautiful and calm, and we gave up using sails. Bigge Island was different only in it was reasonably flat, compared to most of the towering walls that we had been thru. We anchored in Boomerang Bay for two nights. We explored the creek, Jo and I went looking for fresh water. It was there, but in tiny pools. We walked thru this mass of prickly flower stems, most of them were taller than us. The flower was magical. We were constantly amazed at what grows thru rock. We had a...

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May 9, 2008 - Skippy Bay & Hunter River

Friday 9th May saw us leaving Careening Bay for the Hunter River. What would take you 30 mins in a car, takes us hours to 'go around the corner'!! We decided to tuck in behind Naturalist Island to the side of Hunter River, as we had heard that fishing was good there. As far as fishing went, Jo only caught shark. Most were small so went back into the water. We did an expedition up a tidal creek with a line out, saw plenty of mullet, but no takers to the line. We went further around Naturalist Island looking for a beach for KC to have a run...

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May 5, 2008 - Hanover Bay

We left Koolan Island Sunday 4th May for Deception Bay. It was uneventful, we caught four Barracuda over Reyne Shoal. As Jo bought her two up, two hooks on one line, one of the Barracuda was chomped off , just his head left. Did not see what ate it. Then Ron had two on his line, but one managed to get away. Jo and I have enjoyed many feeds of fish, and we were quite happy to eat these two as well. Ron is more fussy. Deception Bay was unremarkable. We stopped for one nite only. We left for Hanover Bay at 4.30am as we had a way to go and we...

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