Day seven. Hum of the earth crackle of the sky tour.

All of a sudden the cool river waters are not so inviting
Kununurra, Western Australia; a little over three thousand kilometres from home and down the outback track. The heart of the Kimberly’s is a rugged, remote, and rural Australian landscape in the North-West corner of the continent. It is home to some of the oldest known ancient artworks that date back tens of thousands of years. The word Kununurra is an Aboriginal word for ‘meeting of the big waters’ and is aptly named. The town sits beside the Ord River which was once Australia’s most wild an untamed river until 1963 when a dam was built across the river, for irrigation and agriculture, creating a vast inland sea called Lake Argyle. From this, the largest sandal wood farms in the world now exist here because of the suitable water and climate conditions. The Kimberly’s are also home to the saltwater crocodiles which were almost hunted to extinction in the 1960s but were granted protection in 1970 so that they could repopulate, and their species could recover. Now, their numbers are so great that they pose a deadly threat to humans that tread to near to the riverbank. The town is also home to the now closed Argyle Pink Diamond mine where rare and beautiful gems can be found. This mine was closed only last year as the supply of pink diamonds had been exhausted, gradually increasing the value of the remaining gems. Another rarity found here is the Zebra rock, which is unique to Kununurra. And while the supply of this strange, patterned silt stone is limited as the main source was covered from the creation of Lake Argyle, how these ancient rocks were created over half a billion years ago has remained a mystery since their discovery. The remaining natural wonder that caught my eye here was the Boab tree, which grow throughout the Kimberly’s, but more about that later…

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