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Faraway Bay Safari Vol 1
Faraway Bay Safari Vol 1
Rossy tunes in to the iPad at altitude to dispense with the last of his work emails.
Birdsville Hotel our home for tonight. Steve & Marg Duroy have bedded down DIV in time for sunset drinks.
Birdsville is SO civilised, with the pub across the road from the planes. Curtis Aviation's BMX never missed a beat during the entire 38.3 hrs this trip.
There's something about that sign, isn't there? Birdsville - middle of Australia and the starting place of our safari. Suzie (in pink) is waiting to pick up a local. This could take a while.
She's still waiting...
Great having the Duroys along in DIV, a very smart Diamond DA40. Range, endurance and speed all well suited to the safari
Two cheeky John Holland workers with pub employee Gaylene Kennedy enjoy the attention.
We flew over numerous clay pans and salt lakes enroute Birdsville to Bedourie, western Queensland.
Enroute Birdsville - Bedourie.
Enroute Birdsville - Bedourie
Channel country - stunning
Typical remote station with airstrip
The iconic Marion Downs, 1.2 million ha of backyard cattle country.
Marion Downs Station
The outback town of Boulia, on the Burke river, and on the main Birdsville-Mt Isa road
Station enroute Boulia-Mt Isa
Alison stamped urgent to get to our lovely Red Earth hotel accomm at Mt Isa. Don't worry, Bruce'll tie the plane down.
God and Goddess do the obligatory tarmac shot for the media.
Enroute Mt Isa - Tennant Creek, NT
We saw loads of cattle on this leg Mt Isa - Tennank Creek. Gorgeous, flat, wonderful slice of Australia.
Barkly Homestead Roadhouse. Note the prop busting track of approx 0.5k from the eastern end of the runway to the refuel spot near the dam.
The very welcome sight of Lake Argyle - hurray, we've made it to the Kimberley!!
Poolside at the Kimberley Grand at Kununurra and it's all starting to get very civilised.
Anything else we can get you Suzie?
Shelley & Suzie carefully washing the red dust out of their throats. I believe it took a couple of goes.
Health and fitness conscious Alison, warms up for the in-pool pilates session.
Leaving Kununurra, tracking up the meandering Ord River northwards.
Mouth of the Berkeley River
Half-constructed resort at the mouth of the Berkeley.
The beautiful King George River
Faraway Bay airstrip
Parking alongside the edge of the strip no problem for our fleet of four.
Steve & Marg in Diamond DIV landing at Faraway Bay.
And a greaser it was too !!
Stylish transfers up to the resort
Head honcho of Faraway Bay, Kevin Reilly
They don't waste money on flash wheels up this way. The Red Rocket served us well.
Rock art, well worth the short walk.
Marg tests the water as we stop for lunch at this beautiful billabong.
Billabong bev's. Cheers girls.
Time for picnic lunch.
Our two-week flying route. Destination: Faraway Bay, on the coast at the very top of the Kimberley. You'll never want to leave ...
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