KununurraAugust 7, 2017 in Australia
Kununurra turned out to be a surprisingly picturesque spot, particularly seeing as we managed to secure a fabulous camp site right on Lily Creek Lagoon. We had a great patch of shady grass to sit and relax, watch the abundant bird life and check out the local freshwater crocodile who enjoyed sunning himself on the bank a few sites up from us each afternoon. Another amazing sunset (and moonrise) spot, we were fascinated by the flying foxes who flew out at dusk each evening in a long line - all 1.5million+ of them!
The kids got a taste of "real outback" when they headed to the camp draft and checked out some impressive locals in action. They certainly stood out from the crowd in their crocs and sun hats!
We were keen to show the kids some zebra rock (mined just out of Kununurra and only found in this one location) which, as its name suggests, is striped like a zebra but usually in brown hues. We headed a few kilometres out of town to the Zebra Rock Gallery, and hanks to a tip off from our neighbour, we packed a bread roll...
The gallery displayed some beautiful finished pieces of sculpted rock and a video explaining the process from mine to finished piece. After checking out lovely things we couldn't afford, we headed outside to say hello to the talking cockatoos ("hello" was all we could get out of them!) and see the workshop. The workshop had lots of pieces of rock in an unfinished state so we bought a bag of mixed pieces to take home and the kids each chose a small cylindrical shaped piece - the lovely volunteer working on polishing a large piece of rock gave the whole lot to us for the bargain price of $30. We headed down to the lake and the fun really started - fish galore! The bread roll was quickly broken into 3 and the feeding frenzy began! Hundreds of catfish swirled around in the water chasing the bread as the kids threw it in, very entertaining for fish and humans alike! We spotted an enormous catfish we immediately labelled as the "grandpa", and then when the bread ran out other fish began to appear, including Archer fish who spat water at us! It was a pretty spot with a view of Kununurra's "Elephant Rock" in the afternoon sun and the kids would have happily stayed until dark - luckily it shut at 4pm so we could convince them we had to leave.Read more