We live a long way from very much but if you decide to travel around Australian you nearly have to go past our door. We live in the far north of Australia – in the Kimberley. It is a rugged part of Australia, often seen as the ‘last frontier’ as it is remote from any major town or city. It takes us a day to travel to the nearest city of Darwin. That being said, Kununurra has plenty of services – though the distance makes some things tricky Our community is made up of farming – thanks to a large dam driven irrigation scheme, mining – various ores, but particularly diamonds, and tourism – the Gibb River Road, Elquestro and Bungle Bungles being three of the big draw cards.
If you came to visit we would love to show you around. One of our favourite places is Kelly’s Knob – a hill right in the middle of town. We like going up there with drinks and nibbles to watch the sunset.
There are three swimming water holes that are an easy drive from our place – Swim Beach, Molly Springs and Elquestro’s Zebedee Springs. Swim Beach is just on the edge of town, and is a great place for a late afternoon swim. Elquestro actually has a few walks that end at a waterhole – we haven’t been on a walk for a few years, so maybe your visit would be a good incentive!
One morning we could choose between several outdoor café’s – one of them has feeding catfish which is always a favourite with the kids. The big kids could possibly go rock climbing at a nearby rocky outcrop getting a good view over the valley, or finding some aboriginal rock art.
I love the sunsets up here. One of the things that I regret for the years I had young children was that I never took 10 minutes to step outside to enjoy the calm and beauty of the sun going down. I tend to get out more often these days. Just up the road from our place is an amazing rock surface that just lights up at sunset. It is a great place to end a farm tour. We ourselves grow Sandalwood, but our neighbours have crops of maize and chia which are interesting to checkout.
Spending a day up at Lake Argyle is always a fun day – its about an hour away – you can check out the original homestead that was relocated stone by stone when they built the dam, learn a little about the building of the dam – which is a remarkable feat – enjoy the eternity pool, or picnic under the trees.
One of our family favourite activities is to have dinner with friends around the fire – a great way to finish our visit with you. We do indeed live in a beautiful part of our country. These activities are based on things that you can do while staying in town itself though there are many beautiful camping spots not far away.
Putting together this ‘staycation’ reminded me of the time I asked Josh to plan a staycation for us. I took him to the Tourist Bureau to gather information. He then had to plan each day’s activities – including what time of the day we would be out, what time we’d leave, what activities we’d do. An activity like this not only was fun for us all to enjoy a break in our studies but it was a great learning experience for Josh – he had to talk to the people at the Tourist Bureau, make decisions, measure distance on maps, work out timing for driving and doing our activities, he had to communicate with me about what our family would need to take for the duration of his plans. The other kids were able to improve their photography and journal writing – which was the only ‘school’ we did during this week.
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