More adventuring around Kunners today – we made for the Zebra Rock Gallery, the stoneworks.. but it was closed for the season when we arrived. One thing we’re gradually adjusting to is the fact that tourist things are seasonal in this part of the country! A lot of businesses will adjust their hours or close completely during the wet season. Anyway, we were persistent so we called their number and got the lovely owner to open it up for us to have a look. Inside were a whole heap of beautiful sculptures and carvings and objects with a huge variety of rocks and colours. I bought an eggcup and Smash got a incense holder and we chatted to the owner about the quarry and the mango trees and about moving here from NSW and raising kids in Kununurra and surrounds. She told us about some great local spots for swimming, her pick of which was Molly Springs, on the road out to Wyndham, which we were heading out to later today anyway. She was confident we’d be able to make it to the springs in the 2WD so we took off and gave it a go. After the turnoff the main road, the first 15 minutes was pretty cruisy, just corrugated and a bit bumpy. Then it got sandy.. then it got really sandy.. and then the wheels spun and we got stuck. Damn.
We jumped out onto the ridiculously hot sand and pulled out the shovel to dig around the wheels and lay some sticks down for traction. Thankfully the Renault is a tough beast and had not overheated, and within 10 minutes even before Smash had to start making calls out o the UHF radio someone came up the track from the springs and kindly stopped to tow us out backwards onto the firmer ground. Too easy!
We were both pretty glad we were there on a weekend when there were a fair few people coming and going with their families. By the time we’d turned around and headed back to the highway, we were hot and sweaty and sandy so we decided to head straight for Wyndham and go relax at the pub and maybe find a shower somewhere.
We didn’t find a shower but found the pub for sure and sat down and relaxed with a beer and cider and got chatting to some fellow travellers from Queensland. These three blokes had just finished the epic 4WD track from Broome to Kununurra – the Gibb River Road – and were treating themselves to a few nights in the pub’s hotel to unwind after the bumpy ride. Shane, Ray and Jack were great company and we got chatting about what we wanted to get around to next and how we’d planned on just hanging around the rest areas near the Bungle Bungles turn off to see if anyone had 2 spare seats in their 4WD. The guys said they were keen to go down there the day after tomorrow and we were welcome to join, to which we said yes please!
Then we drove up to the Five Rivers Lookout for sunset and met up with a friend of a friend, Bob, a primary school teacher in one of the nearby communities. We chatted and another one of his mate’s Tony turned up to watch the sunset too, who was also a teacher up around Broome. They headed off after a bit more of a catchup and gave us some good local spots, most of which they regretfully told us would require a 4WD. We said we were working on it!
The sun had set so it was back to the pub for barra burgers (which were excellent) and more great company (also excellent) and Ray got out his hand-carved ukelele to play some of his own tunes and Sue the publican sat down and talked shop and life in the top end and her plans to open up a big Aboriginal art gallery in her estate house down near Geraldton. She showed us some of her collection too – amazing pieces from all over the place with such diversity and unique symbols and colours that we had never seen before. She’s quite the collector!