Cattle and cowboy country
26.05.2012 - 26.05.2012 27 °C
We didn't like the stay in the overcrowded caravan park in Kununarra but we had to do shopping, washing, servicing and studies. However, we stayed one day longer to attend the annual Rodeo earlier this evening. It was organised by the Kununurra Bushman's Rodeo Association and was a fun filled event with very skilled horse and bull riders competing. We have never been to a rodeo and it was nice to experience this part of Australian Outback cowboy culture.
Earlier in the day we did a short hike in the Mirima National Park (Hidden Valley) just outside Kununurra. The interesting rock formations are similar to the Bungle Bungle Range and the hike takes you to a lookout point overlooking Kununurra and the Ord River Valley.
We also visited the Hoochery Distillery outside Kununurra. They are the oldest legal still in WA and the only one that makes rum. We did some tasting and bought some rum and liqueur.
We will leave WA tomorrow and cross the border into Northern Territory. With this we will conclude a 53 day stay in the Kimberley and although we did not plan to stay so long we do not regret the delay we have had with the awning replacement and waiting for roads to open. The Kimberley reminds me a lot of Far Northern Transvaal in South Africa with its boabab trees and vast bush areas and we enjoyed the magnificent scenery, the remoteness and the solitude (in most places). I suspect that we will miss the Kimberley once we get to the crowdy east coast. We should be back in Southern WA in early May next year.