Darwin, NT to De Grey River, WA
After an endless amount of amazing experiences in Darwin and the top end we finally hit the road again. Our plan is to head west and to make our way down the coast, with some in-land trips along the way.
After leaving Darwin we pretty much headed straight for Kununarra, just over the NT border into WA, we’ve been to before. The new ground started for us when we hit the Gibb River Road to hike and swim at Emma Gorge, which is part of El Questro Station.
From there we did a youy on the Gibb River Road, (the rest is 4WD) and jumped on the highway towards Derby. The Kimberley region really is a beautiful area with heaps to see and do. The bush and scenery are so unique to that area, and we’ve not seen the like elsewhere. And of all the places we’ve been to in Australia so far, the Kimberley region is the one place we have wished for a 4WD. So that’s on the list for our next trip around!
At Fitzroy River we explored the Geike Gorge in a small boat cruising up the river, which really blew us away. We’ve done quite a few beautiful gorges on the Unknown Journey, but this one had some of the most interesting rock formations, carved by the waters of the mighty Fitzroy on either side of the Gorge. The river water was so still that we got to appreciate the gorge reflecting onto the water.
We made our way to the west coast via a few nice riverside camp spots and onto Derby to catch up with Nola, a school friend of Chelsea’s. We spent a few nights in Broome and did the tourist stuff; riding camels on cable beach at sunset, swimming in the insanely blue waters of cable beach, watching the stairway to the moon, and enjoying chilling out at our ocean front camp site.
During our stint in Broome we also had a fun adventure up into the Dampier Peninsula to visit some indigenous communities, Cape Leveque and Cygnet Bay. This was such a great experience that we’re going to write a separate blog article about it, so keep and eye out for that one.
Afterwards we dotted our way down the coast, visiting Eighty Mile beach and Barn Hill. The long white sandy beaches and red rock cliff faces in areas of this coast line are well worth the visit! We then went on to discover one of our fave camp sites at De Grey River rest area (just inland from Port Hedland) where we settled in fishing and walking the banks of the river for a few days. I think we loved it so much, not just because it was beautiful but because we could be self sufficient and tucked away in a bushy spot away from other campers.
It’s safe to say that we have settled straight back into life on the road, and we are loving it!
Some photos of the Darwin, NT to De Grey River, WA leg of our journey can been seen in our photo gallery here.
Next we’re headed in-land to Karijini National Park and we’re looking forward to staying on some stations to experience a bit more of the rural and remote Australian life style.