WEDNESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER HOWARD SPRINGS TO KUNUNURRA 848kms
We pulled out of Howard Springs at 7.15am.
Basically, it was a day of driving, stopping only for quick coffee breaks and leg stretches.
I had packed sandwiches this morning, and we took a brief lunch break at a roadside rest area, somewhere west of Katherine.
Refuelled at Katherine – $1.38cpl; Timber Creek – $1.67cpl; and Kununurra – $1.66cpl.
It became quite hot as the day wore on. We discovered that the Truck air con could now be used while we were towing. The previous problem of the engine temperature climbing too high when we did so, had been solved by the new radiator! This made a very big difference on my hot side of the vehicle, especially around my feet. The layout of the Defender meant that the passenger foot compartment was quite constricted and made hotter by the central drive shaft housing.
The country around Victoria River Roadhouse looked very interesting – worth a visit in the future?
Just before the Roadhouse, we crossed the Victoria River, in a bridge that would undoubtedly flood in the wet season, cutting the highway.
The Roadhouse had a camping ground attached, a fact I mentally filed away for future reference.
Although we had driven this route, from the west, in 1993, I found I did not remember much of it. In 2000, we came from the south-west, Dunmarra through the Jasper Gorge, to Timber Creek, so avoided that Victoria River section.
The last part of the day was through starkly spectacular country – really “wow”.
We started to see some boabs, so typical of the Kimberley country.
Passed through the border checkpoint with no issues
Reached Kununurra about 5.30pm, WA time. We had gained 90 minutes crossing the border, so it was “really” 7pm. It had been a long day on the road!
Booked into the Ivanhoe Village Caravan Park – $23.40 after discount of $2.60. We were able to stay hitched up.
Walked to the shops and bought green groceries, now we were through the border quarantine.
By the time we got back to the park, it was almost dark – the night falls quickly in these parts.
We were not very hungry, so just had tinned soup and dry biscuits for tea, and fell into bed.
Back in the Kimberley country that I love so much – but just passing through. I resolved, at this point, that if we managed a trip next year, we would come to the Kimberley. That made me feel a bit better.