After leaving Lake Argyle we thought we would do the cheesy tourist photo and head to the WA/NT border, its only 10km from the turn off to Lake Argyle and the most eastern point we would be travelling. From here our final point for the day would be Diggers Rest, but we had a few detours to make along the way.
As a young kid all I watched was bush tucker man and pretty much ruined the VHS tapes we had. Because of this I told the Mrs we had to check out the Ivanhoe crossing while we were up here. What we didn't know was this crossing has been closed for 5 years and luckily for us it opened only 4 days before we drove it. A concrete base may make this look easy but the sheer volume of water flowing down the Ord River brings fears of being washed into the croc infested waters and you sure feel the waters power.
We then made the trek to Wyndham via the backroad to go see the five rivers lookout. We almost skipped this due to a lack of sleep the previous night, all we can say is WOW. The drive up the hill with constant switch backs and views back over the Kimberley and the view at the top is incredible. Pictures can't do this place justice (I know we say this a lot, but they really don’t) you see the Ord, King, Pentecost, Durack and Forest Rivers all meet to flow out to sea. This also marked the most northern point of our trek.
We then ventured onto Diggers Rest Station. I can't even remember how we came across this place in researching this trek. Everyone we spoke to about our trip including other travellers only one person had ever heard of it. You actually may have seen this property before if you have ever watched the film ‘Australia’. Some of the land featured in the movie and most of the film crew and some cast called it home while they were filming it.
This was an odd experience, as it's really a working station and tourism is a side business for them we were initially met by a backpacker who told us where our bush hut was and that was that. It wasn't until close to dinner that we met Alida who, with her husband Rod own this property. This really was a different experience from anywhere we've stayed and we chose to eat with the owners on both nights. It's like a little family with the table of backpackers and station workers.
We’ve done a lot of exploring and relaxing on our adventure so far, so this place we again relaxed, although it was 37 degrees on both days. On our last night we did a sunset trail ride, the Mrs hasn’t ridden a horse in 10 years and me ever. A totally different way to see the country side, no engine or wind noise and you don't scare off all the wildlife. This allowed us to see another amazing sunset but this time over the Cockburn Ranges.
We also found ourselves a stalker here at Diggers Rest, Trevor the emu. For two days Trev never let us out of his sight, he even slept just outside our hut and when we tried to talk to him he would always turn his head away like he wasn't interested. On the final morning we met Marilyn, the second emu who likes to get a little too close for comfort.
The next morning we decided at the last minute to alter our route from here to El Questro which would see us drive the entire Gibb River Road rather than pop out 100km along it. Mrs was convinced if we didn’t do this I could use this as leverage to return sooner rather than later.
Until next time…