|The lakefront at the Caravan Park we stayed at in Kununurra (called Kimberlyland)|
|Natalie feeding Fish|
|One of the large catfish in the river|
That night we had been invited to have dinner with Gary and Nikki Alexander (the local Anglican minister) and some other church members as well as Greg and Jocelyn (another BCA nomad couple who had been working with Gary and Nikki for about 3 weeks). We had a lovely BBQ dinner, and the kids had a great time playing with some other kids from the church.
Thursday the 14th June we headed to Gary and Nikki’s house early to do a bit of work. Mike helped Greg (one of the other BCA nomads) with some gardening and Liz helped a little bit with Gary, Nikki and Jocelyn labelling jar of Mango Jam and Mango chutney that Gary and Nikki sell at the local markets.
|Mike washing down the church building in Kununurra|
We worked from 9am to lunchtime and in the afternoon we headed out to have a look at Ivanhoe Crossing. Mike chucked a line in - but no fish, we did spot a croc in the water.
|Mike hoping for that big Barra at Ivenhoe Crossing|
We also went to the sandlewood factory. Later that afternoon we went to the Pump house restaurant for a milkshake and to watch the sun set over the Lake, we watched a sea plane land while we were there and we saw hundreds of catfish swimming around - hopeful for a feed, we were hoping to spot a croc - but we didn’t.
|Enjoying the atmosphere at 'the Pumphouse' cafe, Kununurra|
That night we went Crocodile spotting at the lake next to the caravan park. With our torches you could clearly spot their bright orange eyes shining back at you. There were a lot out there and we believe they were all freshwater, but you never can be too sure.
Friday was Gary’s day off, so we left Gary and Nikki in peace (Greg and Jocelyn headed to El Questro for the day) and so we had a lazy morning around the caravan. We could pick up “ABC 2” on the TV, so the kids got to watch some TV in the morning (a novelty for them). We did loads of washing and then went for a quick look around town. The kids also had a play at ‘Celebrity tree park’ but it was pretty hot (35 degrees) so we went back to the caravan park for a swim after lunch. That afternoon we drove out to Mirima National Park (sometimes called the Mini Bungle-Bungles (but we didn’t think they looked anything like the bungle bungles). After that, we drove out to ‘swim beach’ just to have a look.
|Natalie and Sam standing in a 'cave' inside a boab tree|
|Mike cooking dinner at our site in Kununurra|
|Josh trying out dad's new whip|
The next morning (Monday) we were due to pickup a new caravan tyre from the local tyre shop, but the truck that was bringing it up to Kununurra (from Perth) broke down in Port Hedland, so the tyre wasn’t available when we went to pick it up. Mike made the most of being there and got a wheel balance done on the car. Monday was a pretty lazy day for us; after we’d finished school, we just hung around the caravan park. That afternoon the Guse family returned from their camping trip to El Questro, so the kids played together and we caught up over dinner.