A Date with Adventure.

We returned to Derby on Monday 20th June to spend the next five days relaxing, sightseeing and for our adventure to the Horizontal Falls. Our home for this time would be the Kimberley Entrance Caravan Park where we had a very spacious site and once again,  good neighbours. image

Tuesday morning we were up and raring to go. The bus picked us up at 8.15am and took us to our waiting sea plane at Derby Airport. The flight was so smooth. Take off and landing were too easy. I thought landing on the water would be rough but it was smoother than on land.

Before take off, not real sure how this will go.

Before take off, not real sure how this will go.

Excited couple selfie.

Excited couple selfie.

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Our flight into Talbot Bay took us over the falls we were to ride through that day and from above they didn’t look too bad, but it was low tide at the time.

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Arriving at the jetty in the middle of Talbot Bay we were quickly greeted by Adrian, our boat skipper and guide for the day. He put us straight through our safety talk and got us all into the boat immediately as the tides were to be big that day because of the winter solstice, shortest day of the year 21st June, so we didn’t have time to think of anything other than holding on tight. Murray headed to the front of the boat but I didn’t follow as I wasn’t real sure so remained at the back. There were twelve of us on this little boat and it certainly had some grunt. We sat astride our seats like we were on a horse with a ‘hold on tight’ bar in front of each seat, which quickly became my best friend.

The 'yeah, I'm ok' look.

The ‘yeah, I’m ok’ look.

On the ride out to secure our bags at the lunch mooring and get safety jackets on we were told all about the Sharks and crocs in the water and how important it was to stay in the boat. Hmmm, now I’m starting to wonder what Murray has got me into.

The water was beautiful, the sun was heating up and my heart was pumping as we headed out to the falls for our first run. I could see Murray up front with a grin from ear to ear, he was pumped and loving it. We met up with another boat that was sitting in the first section of falls which was the wider of the two, 10 or so metres wide. Adrian backed our boat in next to them and you could feel the rush of the water pulling and pushing against the boat and this was only low tide still.

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Through we went backwards and then forwards. The force of this water was unreal. Then we were taken on a trip around the cove between the two falls taking note of the watermarks on the walls that were up to 11 metres high when tides were well in. We then passed through the narrower falls, about 7 metres wide and the water really was strong here. My heart was pounding after a few passes in and out of  these massive sections of water, I think I was more concerned with the boat tipping over than anything, in the rush of this water. ..oh and the noise of the water surrounding me, and the speed of the boat and ….the list goes on.

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After a few passes in and out of the falls we returned to our mooring for some morning tea and a swim with the Sharks. What???? A caged of area was set up for us to swim in with the Sharks fed on the other side. They weren’t great whites but were still intimidating. Murray had a play with them, not me.

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Lunch was back on deck with young Grace cooking up a storm at the BBQ of Barramundi. It smelt fantastic and tasted even better with a lovely couscous salad and tossed salad plus a bread roll if you wished. Wow, my mouth waters just thinking of it again.

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We were taken back out to high tide at the falls after lunch, another thriller of a ride with the roar of the water so much louder now, and then on a tour around all the hidden coves in this amazing part of the country with rock formations full of colour and character.

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Our flight home took us out over the Bucaneer Archipalego and the barramundi breeding tanks. It was good to be back on solid ground after an awesome day in which I overcame some more fears, although timidly.

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Back at the caravan park we caught up with some people from our day and relived our memories we had all made. It truly was an amazing day.

Our evening visitor.

Our evening visitor.

The next day, Wednesday, was about washing and catching up on some R&R in the park along with some tidying up in the car and trailer. It was another hot day but we did manage a walk around the streets of Derby for some exercise. Thursday I had a haircut and then we set out on some sightseeing visiting the Prison Boab tree, the old gaol, the longest water trough that can take over 500 cows at once and taking in a sunset that evening down at the wharf where eleven metre tides can be expected at times. Friday we stocked up the groceries ready to hit the road once again and we caught up with our niece Bethany and her family (whom we were to visit in Pannowonica on our way down the coast) for the evening before they hit the Gibb River Road for their few weeks holiday.

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Saturday morning we packed up and set off towards Cape Leveque unsure of where we would be that night but sure it would be somewhere new and memorable.

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Cheers. Xo

About Leanne and Murray

Traveller, Cook, Blogger, Teacher's Aide, Swimmer, Mother, Wife and yoga lover.
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One Response to A Date with Adventure.

  1. Jan & John says:

    Hi, Glad you had such a great day in the small plane and managed the boat trip. All sounds very exciting and you managed very well Leanne. LOL to you both J&J

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