Ormiston Gorge Day Out

All photos courtesy of the lovely Josie.

Kimberley Creeks and Orchids

Today’s selection of photos from Western Australia include some excellent (if I do say so myself) images from the Violet Valley area of the east Kimberley region. The area includes significant ranges of mountains and abounds with water, deepish valleys and beautiful spinifex and grass covered expanses which are impossible not to love.

These orchids are endemic to the Kimberley region of Australia and are simply spectacular. The large clusters can be more than a meter across.

Violet Valley is so called because of the purplish hue that sunset and sunrise bring to life in the grasses of the area.

The upper reaches of the ord River, or so I think. Apparently there was a freshwater crocodile in this waterhole.

A small grass fire progressing along the creek line.

Brisbane to Alice Springs

As many of you know I recently decided to move to Alice Springs in central Australia. I’ll be starting a new job next week, but for the moment I’m still enjoying free time. To get to Alice is a fair trek and over the past week Clare and I drove more than 3,600km and used something like 380 litres of fuel.

The route is pretty varied with some long 600+ days at the wheel, but we found plenty to entertain ourselves and some beautiful campsites. The highlights have included:
– star gazing at the cosmos centre in Charleville
– climbing the windmill and the weir in Longreach

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– visiting Larks Quarry and the dinosaur causeway south of Winton, then going out with Jen to rediscover a rare plan and camp under the stars in a random clay pan.

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– searching for a camp out of Mt Isa only to find it full of cows.

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– camping at Camooweal Caves

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– sunset and sunrise at the Devil’s Marbles.

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