Day 9 Kununurra Part 2 Argyle Dam Wall & Beyond.

August 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This first day in Kununurra and district was so full that I must turn it into two posts or it will take too long for you to view and there are crucial pictures I want to include. As I’m battling with the picture layout, I’ just insert them all below the text.

Like all good things this part of the tour came to an end just below the Argyle Dam wall. On the left hand side was a mini power station, or rather it appears mini alongside the dam wall. It generates all the power needed to power the control systems for the dam.

Our coach was waiting for us as we said our goodbyes to the young skipper who had certainly looked after us well. Once the coach hauled up the service road to the top of the dam, we were greeted to our first view of Lake Argyle itself, and a lovely view back down to the Ord river.

One of the casualties of the flooding of this huge valley was the original homestead of the Durak families who pioneered settlement in the Kimberley’s.  To preserve this important bit of history the building was dismantled stone by stone, beam by beam and reassembled on a promontory not far from the dam wall. This was to be our next stop and we spent some time looking around and absorbing the atmosphere of the place.

In the same district, we stopped at the Argyle Lake resort and marvelled at it's infinity pool which seemed to hang in space above the flooded valley below.

Toward the end of the afternoon we returned on the coach to our home base in Kununurra for dinner at 6.30 and an early night. This was when we got the details of a trip hinted at for the following day. One of the optional extras for day 10 had been a $100 trip on lake Argyle to view the scenery and the sunset. It was revealed that Colin had done a deal with a friend that this trip would be made available for $15 a head and would include nibblies and champagne. How could you knock back a deal like that. Bring it on for an early start on day 10.                                                    Peter Cotton

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