After another glorious warm starry night, on Friday morning we packed up and were ready to hit the road early.
We turned off the Victoria Highway about 35 km from Kununurra for Lake Argyle. The scenery for the next 40 km or so was spectacular, and being behind a slower vehicle meant that we could get a decent look at our surroundings.
By 10.30 am we were booked in at Lake Argyle Resort and Caravan Park, unhitched and having a cuppa under the awning.
And that’s pretty much all we did all day except go for a walk around the caravan park! When you’re in paradise, doing nothing much is a great thing to do.
The Lake Argyle Resort is quite large and offers waterfront sites, luxury cabins, eco-tents, plus standard cabins and other powered and un-powered sites. It has great facilities and serves as the base for many of the cruises and flights around the Lake. Fishing is a popular pastime and quite a number of caravans and motorhomes in the caravan park have come equipped with boats of all sizes. The caravan park is actually the site of the work camp built for the construction of the Ord River Dam, and is now being further developed for tourism.
We really do have a fantastic site here but most sites are great and there has been a lot of planning and infrastructure invested in this Resort. All of this complimented by temperatures in the high 20s, clear deep blue skies, tropical gardens, sensational views and good friendly company. The only down side is that there is no mobile, internet or TV reception.
We have promised ourselves that we will come back here again!
- Lake Argyle is classed as an inland sea, covering over 1,000 square kilometres, and up to 2,000 square kilometres at flood capacity!
- Lake Argyle is the largest body of fresh water in Australia and the largest man-made lake in the Southern hemisphere.
- It was formed by the damming of the Ord River in 1971 and acts as a reservoir for the irrigation scheme in Kununurra.
- Its hydro-electric plant supplies power for Kununurra, Wyndham and the Argyle Diamond Mine.
- It is estimated to contain 25,000 crocodiles, 26 species of native fish, and one third of Australia’s bird species.