We decided to practise "Rubbernecking" That is the name given to New South Welshmen because their neck is made of rubber as they need to look in all directions at which boarder they cross. Victorians are Mexicans, Qlders are Banana Benders, SA are crows and WA are Sand Gropers. Tas are Twin Headers but I don't know what NT's are??
rubberneckers crossing the boarder
We decided to only go as far as Timber Creek yesterday as it was 37 degrees. But Timber Creek didn't take my fancy. It was $25 per night to stop in a dusty, smokey hot hole, so we kept driving in the aircon Bulldozer untill we reach Kununurra WA. We had to go through a check point on the boarder, where a lovely yound gentleman wanted to go through my van! Woops, I should of made the bed. Bad luck now! He asked Tony where the pantry was in Big Bertha? Answer, we don't have one. We were warned about no honey, nuts, cane toads, fruit or vegies where allowed to cross the boarder, so we donated 2 potatoes to the cause. The lovely young bloke wont be getting a feed from us!
Inspecting Big BERTHA for cane toads
We made it to the Big 4 at Lake Kununurra. It has a lovely pool and we booked in here for 3 nights. we have a lovely views of the lake at our front door and a cool breeze flows most of the day.
KUNUNURRA view at Big Berthas Bedroom window
Today we went exploring Kununurra. First stop was "Hidden Valley" This is a smaller version of the Bungle Bungles. Next we need to stock up on supplies, so I thought I might find a cask of white wine and see if the rules have changed here. Yes they have, you can buy as many casks of wine as you wish but they are only one litre and they cost about $10 each. No casks for me. No licence is required and this is the rules for the top end of WA. Not untill you get to Port Headland can you buy a bigger cask!!!!!
Hidden Valley also known as Mirima National Park
Next stop today was "TFS" Prime Minister Julia opened this place up in May 2010. TFS is leading the world in sustainable Sandlewood supplies. There are 2,450 hectares of Indian Sandlewood established in Kununurra. This is the world's largest plantation. We learnt that heartwood is found at the core of the Sandlewood trunk. It is from this part of the log that the valuable Sandlewood oil is extracted through steam distillation. This famous ingredient then forms the base of some of the world's most famous perfumes including Chanel No5, Cool Water and my favourite Samsara. Growing demand and decreasing supply has seen the average auction price fise from $5,137 in 1991 to $138,000 per tonne in Nov 2008. This represents a compounded price increase in 21 % over the last 17 years. Maybe I should check this company out on the stock market? The government studied this area for 15 years prior to this company being established.
Sandlewood TFS corporated Ltd
Ivanhoe Crossing at Kununurra.
Kununurra at Sunset
Sunset at Kununurra