Chasing Slow – Part 11: Lake Argyle

Rain arrived and flood waters rose, the roads went under water and the way out was closed.

We broke down in Fitzroy Crossing & ended up spending about two months there. The wet season was in full force near the end of our stay, and like many others, we found ourselves stuck at the Fitzroy River Lodge, but with a bit luck on our side, the roads opened up just two days before we had planned on leaving and we hit the road on schedule (..the new schedule).

Our next target location is Lake Argyle, about 700+ kms to the north-east of Fitzroy Crossing.

Not long into the drive, the car seemed to be struggling in the heat at full pace, so we slowed down, turned off the air con, lowered the windows and endured the 43°C heat blowing in our face.

About 400 kms into the trip, we came across Spring Creek Rest Stop, and although we’d usually easily cover 700 kms in a day, the heat got to us and we took a break.

A track lead from the parking area down to the creek where there was flowing water and plenty of shade beneath a canopy of trees, we ended up taking the caravan down there, spent the afternoon sitting in the creek and called the place home for the night.

Read more about Spring Creek Rest Area & Free Campground.

Jeez it felt good waking up in the caravan for the first time in a long time, especially to the sounds of the water flowing down stream through the creek.

We made some coffee & tea, pulled the pop-top down and a few hours drive later, after a quick stop in Kununurra, we made it to Lake Argyle Caravan Park and found the most shady spot in sight.

Then, straight to the infinity pool!

Read more about Lake Argyle Caravan Park.

We could only see a small part of the lake from caravan park or at the lookouts nearby. Numbers can explain how much water Lake Argyle holds or square kilometres of land it covers, but only seeing it will allow you to appreciate how massive this place really is, so we booked in a sunset boat cruise to discover a bit more.

The cruise was amazing and worth every cent, we got to see a lot but it was only a fraction of what’s equivalent to about 22 Sydney harbours. We swam a couple of times and had some drinks while floating on pool noodles, saw a bunch of wildlife, including Crocodiles, Archer Fish that spat at us and Rock Wallabies scaling the cliffs.

What a great way to spend the first few days back on the road!

Up next: Heading into the Northern Territory and up to the top end through Katherine, past Litchfield National Park and Darwin.

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