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Kununurra

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  • Day62

    Kununurra (Kangaroo Haven)

    August 17, 2017 in Australia

    We'd read great reviews of the Kangaroo Haven on WikiCamps so thought it was worth checking out. We headed out to Mandy's house, just outside of town, at 3.30 on Thursday afternoon and headed in to her kitchen to meet the first 6 (of many) joeys hanging in bags on the backs of her dining chairs!
    We all had a cuddle and checked out the new arrivals - rare twins that were only 5 months old so didn't have much fur yet and seemed to be all legs and tail and eyes.
    Then we made our way outside to help feed the joeys that live outdoors in the shed and pens - more young joeys in bags and then some older ones out in their yards. Unlike the Kangaroo Sanctuary, patting the kangaroos was okay and it was lovely to get up close to them and feel their beautiful plush fur.
    After getting our 'roo fix, we met Mandy's spectacular blue and gold macaw and then she showed us around the rest of the outdoor enclosures - so many birds! Exotic yellow and orange ones from South America, emus, ducks, geese, turkeys, lorikeets, chooks, tawny frogmouth owls and whistling kites to name a few!
    She's running an amazing operation - rescuing many animals that vets tell her should be put down, flying animals in from surrounding locations (at her own cost) and getting up at 4.30am every morning to feed all the joeys before she heads to her "day job" as an Educational Aide working with troubled Aboriginal teenagers (which she loves, but is also a necessity to cover some of the $2000/month costs of running the Haven). We all loved the experience, and the kids rated it as one of the best days of the trip so far - and we'd have to agree!
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  • Day52

    Kununurra

    August 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.
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  • Day61

    Kununurra (round 2!)

    August 16, 2017 in Australia

    A second visit to Kununurra meant we could revisit some favourite spots and cross off a few "next time" spots leftover from our first visit! We dropped the caravan off at Metaland first thing Wednesday and headed back to the Zebra Rock Gallery for some more fish feeding. The kids enjoyed another session with the huge catfish but there was no sign of the "grandpa" we'd seen last time. Owing to the morning sun, we could see the fish a lot better but it was also quite hot in the sun so we retreated to the shade of the frangipani trees where Roy and Finn enjoyed mango smoothies (including Meg and Marley's which they didn't finish). There was a unanimous vote to stop at the banana farm on our way back so we bought 2kg this time around!
    We got a call just after 11 to say the caravan was ready to pick up. We were quite pleasantly surprised to find we only needed the one bolt replaced and it was only $120! We headed back to the caravan park and set up again and discovered Rhonda & Geoff who we'd camped next to on our first visit were next to us again (only difference was they hadn't left in the time we'd been out and back - Rhonda was very taken with the Lagoon view). The kids were very pleased with this turn of events and promptly moved their chairs in next door! It's pretty easy to see why they'd stayed so long - the view across the Lagoon is pretty special any time of day, but particularly so every afternoon at sunset. We joined our neighbours for drinks on the grass and soaked up the scenery.
    We had to reevaluate our travel plans to ensure we would still be in Broome in time for our rendezvous with Grandma and Grandpa so unfortunately a second attempt at the Gibb just didn't seem wise. Instead we made the call to stay a couple of extra days and check out a few more of the local sights and the head down the highway later in the week. We rode our bikes up to the picnic spot at the Diversion Dam (and endured another hot-Meg-meltdown on the return trip....it was 36 degrees in the shade!), checked out Molly Springs (and had the swimming hole to ourselves!) and visited the amazing Kangaroo Haven....but that needs a whole footprint of its own!
    Roy and the kids enjoyed a 1 hour paddle on the Lagoon (even if it did require a pre and post swim to cope with the 35 degree temperatures!) and the kids enjoyed listening to local entertainer, Steve Case, for the second time around...Jen not quite as excited about listening to his repertoire again...lucky the view was great!
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  • Day193

    kununurra

    August 20, 2016 in Australia

    Mir hend widermal oisi Ässensvorrät chönne uffülle, und das mer die nid grad wider ufbruuched machemer zabig e Sunneuntergangs-barbecue-schiffsfahrt :)

    S Highlight vom Tag: mir hend chönne es Wallabie-babie (e chlini Känguruart) hebä und und es ganz chlises Rots Riesekänguru streichle :D

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    We filled up our food stock, and so we don't use Food, we booked a sunset barbecue boat cruise :)

    But the best Thing of the Day: We hold a baby wallabie and pet a baby red kangaroo :D
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  • Day38

    Kununurra

    May 16, 2018 in Australia

    Kununurra is the Eastern gateway to the Kimberlys and our last stop for the day. Before we were at Wyndham, an unspectacular but charming port town which hasn't too much to offer. These few things are presented well so it feels bigger.
    The main reason why we made the 50km detour was to spot crocodiles in the wild. There are some locations nearby that are promising but we weren't lucky today. Instead we visited a lookout and the "biggest Baobab in captivity". We continued the search for crocs at Kununurra in the evening but still without any success.Read more

  • Day34

    Kununurra - die rote Erde hat uns wieder

    October 5, 2016 in Australia

    Westaustralien ist 2,5 Mio. km² groß und damit etwa so groß wie Deutschland und Österreich zusammen. Es ist der größte Staat Australiens, hat aber mit 2,4 Mio. die wenigsten Einwohner. 80% von ihnen leben in Perth. Dieses interessante Gebiet wollen wir erkunden. Mit Zwischenstation in Broome, erreichen wir nach etwas mehr als 3.000 Flugkilometern Kununurra (Großes Wasser), dem Hauptort in den Kimberleys. Sie sind das eigentliche Ziel unserer Reise. Beim Überflug können wir die Veränderung der Erdoberfläche sehr schön sehen. Wir starten über dem Dächermeer von Perth, kommen dann über die riesigen Weizenfelder Westaustraliens und folgen Wüste und Halbwüste zur Timorsee. Erst vor Kununurra wird es wieder grün, denn hier wirkt sich der größte Staussee Australiens am Ord River aus. Als wir aus dem Flugzeug steigen empfangen uns trockene 40 Grad und wir sind wieder in der tropischen Klimazone.
    Von hier aus werden wir die kommenden 9 Tage im geländegängigen LKW-Bus (ein Hightechgerät 🙂) die Rückreise nach Broome antreten und dabei die wilde Natur erleben. Schon beim Flug haben wir auf die ältesten Felsen dieser Erde geschaut, ca. 1,8 Mrd Jahre alt. Für euch zum Vergleich, die Alpen sind gerade mal 20 Mio. Jahre alt. Kaum angekommen, fahren wir in den Mirima National Park, um ein noch "junges" Gebirge (350 Mio. Jahre alt) bei tollem Abendlicht anzusehen - ein Vorgeschmack auf die viel größeren Bungle Bungle.
    Die rötliche Färbung der Steine kommt übrigens von oxidierten Eisenmineralien. Eigentlich ist darunter weißer Sandstein. Die Schwarzfärbung daneben stammt von der bis zu 5 mm dicken Besiedelung durch Cyanobakterien. Wie bei den Stromatoliten machen sie Photosynthese und erzeugen Sauerstoff. Den Sonnenuntergang schauen wir von einem kleinen Aussichtspunkt an. Jetzt geht es in unser neues Quartier, den Country Club Kununurra.
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  • Day130

    Kununurra

    May 10, 2016 in Australia

    Übergang nach West Australien. An der Grenze(!) zwischen den Staaten wird nach frischem Obst und Gemüse und Honig gefandet.
    Beate hat auf dem Parkplatz vor der Grenze die Vorräte abgekocht, den Rest an ein deutsches Pärchen verschenkt die zufällig in der Gegenrichtung vorbeikamen.Morgen müssen wir versuchen die Ausfälle Adenauer Wagen (Kocher bei Beate und Peter, Wassertank bei uns) reparieren zu lassen.Das Wasser ist dringend nötig für 3-4 Tage ohne Zivilisationen dem Weg Richtung Küste.Read more

  • Day22

    In Western Australia...

    September 19, 2016 in Australia

    ..., genauer gesagt in Kununurra:
    Nach vielen Kilometern, einer lebensmüden Kuh auf der Straße und der erfolgreichen Obst- und Gemüsekontrolle am Hygiene Checkpoint der Westaustralier (wir haben heute noch 4 Äpfel gegessen) sind wir am Lakeside Resort angekommen.

    Am Dienstag Morgen besuchten wir noch Kangaroo Haven. Wie der Name schon sagt: hier geht's den Beuteltieren gut. V.a. Jungtiere deren Mütter überfahren wurden werden hier hochgepeppelt.
    Das wollten wir auch versuchen und durften mithelfen.
    Es war einfach schön! Ein super (Geburtstags-) Erlebnis! Das bleibt im Gedächtnis...
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  • Day131

    Kunururra

    May 11, 2016 in Australia

    Wir haben noch eine Nacht verlängert, Apollo als Autovermietung kann den Gaskocher von Beate und Peter nicht vor Ort reparieren, unser Wassertank lässt sich auch kaum befüllen. Das ist blöd wenn man weit weg von der Zivilisation ist. Peter versucht einen Kocher zu kaufen, bis 100$ wird vom Vermieter vergütet.
    Unsere nächsten Ziele sind wieder fraglich, der Starkregen hat einige Furten unpassierbar gemacht. Mal sehen wie es weitergeht. Inzwischen waschen und reparieren. (Neue Info: Wassertank repariert (ich) mit einem Spritfilter als Ausgleichs entlang, Idee eines australischen Mechanikers )
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  • Day272

    Finally back in WA

    October 7, 2017 in Australia

    Seit zwei Wochen sind wir nun endlich wieder in Western Australia angekommen und hängen hier seitdem in Kununurra fest. Eigentlich wollten wir schon längst in Broome sein aber wir müssen​ noch auf ein Teil für unseren Camper warten, damit wir weiter fahren können. Die Wartezeit haben wir aber schon sinnvoll genutzt und den Camper nun endlich auch von außen fertig angestrichen. Nun im neuen Glanz ist er kaum noch zu erkennen! :D

    Two weeks ago, we finally arrived back in Western Australia and since then we're stuck in Kununurra. Actually we wanted to be in Broome by now but we need to wait for a part for our campervan, so we can go further. The waiting time we spent very well and eventually painted the campervan from exterior. Now in a new glamour it's almost not recognisable anymore! :D
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Kununurra, KNX, カナナラ, კუნუნურა, Кунунарра

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