11th & 12th June, 2016.
Continuing our journey west towards Broome, our next planned overnight stop was Ellendale Rest Area. The scenery now was fairly ordinary – quite flat and featureless. We stopped in at Fitzroy Crossing to refuel but didn’t see much that would tempt us to stay on our return journey. Geike Gorge appears to be the main attraction but there did not seem to be a lot of water in the river so unless we hear positive recent reports we won’t bother to stop overnight as the better tour option from what I have read is the sunset cruise.
On reaching Ellendale Rest Area, we found a number of vehicles already set up but there was still plenty of room for us to find a level site at the back of the area.
And it was not long before we were joined by others.
Overnight was very windy and blustery and it was still very unpleasant in the morning. Given that we are now less than 300kms from Broome, we decided to sit out the day where we were rather than fight the winds. There is not much else to say about our two nights here. It was pleasant enough and reasonably quiet.
Erich’s photos give a bit of an impression of the area.
Spectacular termite mounds are a feature of the Kimberley.
There was not a lot of birdlife around but quite a few of these crested pigeons.
And quite a few of these. At first I thought they were Noisy Miners but they are not found in this area. A bit more investigation revealed they are Yellow-throated Miners. Very poor quality photo but the only one I have.
There are quite a few bikers out there exploring the Kimberley.
Another feature of the Kimberley is the Boab tree. So many different shapes and sizes. They are magnificent and the Spinifex looks beautiful in the early morning light.
When I asked Erich why he included this photo, he said he had fun photographing it!
We are a little earlier here this year than last and are finding the Boab trees still with some leaves and fruit. Unfortunately no flowers which are said to be beautiful.