We were there for six nights, but for five of them we couldn’t leave our caravan site. Once we’d crossed the WA border, due to a single case in the NT and a snap lockdown, we had to self isolate. Our only outing was to the hospital to have ‘the test’
Wyndham is one of the hottest places in Australia and has an average temperature of 36C all year round. After two days of feeling like we were being air fried we were able to move onto a powered site. It was cause for celebration, as were the negative test results.
Once we were cleared we decided to stay an extra day. We figured we couldn’t leave Wyndham without checking out the area.
The Five Rivers Lookout
The biggest wow factor would have to be the views from this lookout which literally takes your breath away. Five of the mighty Kimberley rivers, the Ord, King, Forest, Durack and Pentecost, meet in a vast expanse of water that flows into the ocean. Adding to the scene were rock wallabies but it was so hot up here even they were in the shade. We decided we’d come back at sunset.
Just 22 kilometres out of Wyndham is this gem of a place. It’s 144 rocky steps to the bottom, steep, really steep, and there’s no hand rail. But once you reach the gorge it’s magnificent, a stunning place for a swim and there’s hardly anyone else there. There’s even a Tarzan rope to unleash your inner kid and swing into the water.
Here I am with fish swimming all around me in the crystal clear water, red dragonflies flit nearby on rocks and, as I sit on the submerged rocks, it feels like heaven on earth. It’s mesmerising, pure and so peaceful I could spend all day here but alas we eventually have to move on.
Parry’s Nature Reserve
Attention all bird watchers, this nature reserve is amazing. You could spend hours at the bird hide trying to identify the many different varieties of birds. There are water lilies everywhere and there’s always a chance of seeing a saltwater crocodile. No such luck on our visit. Just five minutes away on a hill is an old telegraph station and a walk for those who want to brave the heat.
The Giant Crocodile
If you really want to see a crocodile you can’t go past this humongous guy. Okay, I know it’s not the real deal but truly it’s worth stopping to check him out. How could we drive by without a selfie with him? Let’s face it, there’s no other way you’d ever put your hands in the mouth of a crocodile and walk away with all limbs intact.
The Sculptures and the Bakery
The indigenous sculptures in town are impressive and lifelike and definitely worth a look. And the bakery … well let’s just say you have to try the crocodile pie and the pepper beef pie was one of the best I’ve eaten.
On our last night we enjoyed a beautiful sunset at the Five Rivers lookout and then drive down to the port area to catch the last of the sun over the water. Port Wyndham was quiet, virtually deserted as we strolled out into the jetty to catch those warm Wyndham colours slip into the ocean.
Our East Kimberley adventure had officially begun.
So there you have it. From the humble meat pie to the lookout where five mighty rivers meet Wyndham really did deserve a day of its own.
On our last morning, upon checking out, we were told all restrictions had been lifted. There was no longer a need to get tested, no need to self isolate. Anyone who’d had a test in the last 24 hours could leave, even without getting their result. It was baffling, so sudden and inconsistent and made no sense. Does anything make sense these days?
Nature does but that’s about it.
When we try and make sense of the world, it confuses even more. It’s better these days to trust your inner knowing and intuition, follow your heart and go with the flow of life, wherever you’re at on the journey. Try and step back and don’t get caught up in the social divide that seems to be sweeping communities.
I’m not immune to sinking into depths of despondency either as I hear about what’s happening in parts of my beautiful country. But confusion, fear, worry and anger is paralysing and gets you nowhere, so I choose to always bring myself back to the vibration of love, surrender and gratitude. That’s where we find peace.
See you next time as our journey and my Australian road trip continues.
In love and light