Good morning from … Kununurra, Western Australia!!

Last Updated on March 3, 2017 by Red Nomad OZ

Mirima National Park, Kununurra, Western Australia
Mirima National Park, Kununurra, Western Australia

A good morning in Kununurra starts really early.  That’s because this town in the East Kimberley is just west of the Northern Territory border and the Central Australia time zone.  Crossing the border into Western Australia means you gain 1½  hours so what was 7:30 am in the Northern Territory is now 6:00 am!

And the sun is well and truly up by then.

The view from our campsite at the Lakeside Tourist Resort, Kununurra
The view from our campsite at the Lakeside Tourist Resort, Kununurra

BUT … there’s no point fighting it because instead of setting around 6:30 pm, the sun disappears at 5:00 pm.  So rising at the crack of dawn is just a smart way of using all available daylight hours.  Or so they say!

We tested out the theory with magical sunrise visit to the small but impressive rock formations of Mirima National Park, only a few kilometres from our campsite on Lily Lagoon.

And darned if it didn’t start our Kununurra morning perfectly!

Here’s five good reasons why:

1.  There was no one else around!  Well … apart from the two manic joggers busy filming themselves running for Facebook.  If you’re one of the ‘lucky’ ones to have seen the footage, it’s my sad duty to inform you that it’s SO not spontaneous!

2.  The light was perfect for photography.  TOO perfect.  Maybe it’s time to accept that not EVERY photo I take is an oil painting, and start culling before my SD card fills up.  Again.

The snake at the summit, Mirima National Park
The snake at the summit, Mirima National Park

3.  There was a lot more wildlife about.

It's a python, right?!
It’s a python, right?!

Sandstone shrike-thrush, Kestrel, White-quilled rock pigeon.  Oh, and what’s that snake-shaped shadow along the look-out ledge?  That would be a three metre snake, of course!

But it’s *only* a python …


4.  Getting up this early meant the rest of the day was free.  And what better way to spend it than on a mango-cheesecake-and-mango-smoothie bender?!  Kununurra’s Ord River irrigation scheme means the area is an agricultural wonderland with WAY more than mangoes on offer …

In places like this!

Mango Smoothie heaven!  Sandstone Gallery, Kununurra
Mango Smoothie heaven!  Sandstone Gallery, Kununurra

5.  And the smug, superior, self-righteous glow you’ll wear after such a sublime start to the morning lasts all day!  Trust me!

Mirima National Park Rock Formations, Kununurra, Western Australia
Mirima National Park Rock Formations, Kununurra, Western Australia

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  1. @Luvting – It’s the dry season! It would look completely different in the wet season, but it’d also be WAY hotter!
    @JJ – Thank you – I think!! I look forward to the challenge, poisoned chalice though it is!!
    @Jo – Thank you! Wasn’t sure if I had to be named and shamed somewhere to participate!!
    @Indrani – Luckily, it was too cold for him to move fast!!

  2. @MJWC – Haha, me too! Pilchard had to convince me it was too cold for the snake to move!!!
    @diane b – YES! Now I know what all the fuss is about!! Can’t wait to visit some of the places in your photos!!!
    @TMWH – Boy, are you going to regret that statement when you see my next photographic installment!
    @Sallie – Hahaha! Don’t you have mangoes up there??!! I think I’ve gone WAY beyond ‘keeping up’ with the blogs …
    @Flea – Well, keep watching this space and I’ll give you more sunshine than you know what to do with!
    @Journey Jottings – Haha, thank you VERY much for those nasty seeds of doubt!! But it’s a win-win: if it was a python, I’ve got some great python shots – but if it WASN’T a python, how brave am I?!?!
    @Cloudy – Thank you! You’re too kind … but I’m glad you enjoyed it!
    @Jo – Thanx … but have I been nominated? Would love to enter, but don’t see my name anywhere!!!
    @Go Camping – Thank you!! Camera is an Olympus SZ-10 I got for Xmas! Loving it to death!!!
    @Travel club – Thank you!! Feel free to promote me to your members, won’t you?!?!

  3. @Andrew – Having the Ord River Irrigation scheme AND OZ’s largest lake in close proximity helps!!
    @Kath – It was our sad duty to visit every mango cheesecake outlet in town to find the best one! But some of them required more than one visit to be sure …
    @ladyfi – Thank you! It was spectacular!!
    @Wendy – Well … there’s a good reason to stay away from Texas! At least MY snake wasn’t venemous!!
    @SFlaGuy – OMIGOD!!! Those cunning rascals!!! I KNEW there was a reason I’d seen so many more snakes in recent years!!!
    @Saucy Kod – Lily Lagoon is part of a larger lake/dam system for irrigation. But it sounds similar to your lake – so nice to visit, huh?!
    @Frankie G – Haha, are you SURE the cracks weren’t snakes??!! We did the spotlight thing on the lake and yep, the red eyes are still there!!!
    @River – This whole region is MAGIC! Definitely put it on your retirement list – lots of bus, boat and plane tours up here, fabulous food and magnificent scenery!
    @Jayne – AWWWW … thanx! You’re WAY too kind!! As you’ll realise when I inflict my next photographic post on you …

  4. Ahh loved Kununurra in May. Seems like it’s just as lovely in July. Nominating you for Capture the Colour Comp. pics in red, white, blue, green and yellow. Details on Zigazag. Let me know if you enter so I can help promote 🙂

  5. So envious of you being up in The Kimberlys – I love the NW of WA…
    But are you sure that was a python? LOL

  6. Beautiful spot — lovely photos. E-mail a mango or two to me, will ya?

    And a one and a half hour time zone change is weird! I have enough trouble with an hour at a time when we travel.

    I have trouble keeping up w/ my fav blogs whenever we’re on a roadtrip, so I understand perfectly.

  7. Don’t worry about reading blogs for now. Just concentrate on getting some more gorgeous pictures. Hopefully, minus any more pythons!

  8. That is one long snake. So you are in the Kimberleys at last. Isn’t it the most beautiful place !!!. You’ll get lots of RED there.

  9. Oh No!! Don’t like snakes. I do a dance when I see one. I also almost pee my pants.

    Great Pictures!! Even of the ugly snake.

  10. These pictures made me want to dive into my screen and join you. It’s a beautiful area. I love the snake, I was amazed at how long he is, I haven’t seen one that long outside of a zoo.

  11. Hi Red. We camped at Pink Lilly Lagoon some years ago. Have you tried walking to the waters edge at night and shining a torch along the shore? Those hundreds of pairs of red lights are the eyes of the Freshwater Crocodiles waiting for dinner. We walked through the Minima State Park at this same time of year. (July) Never saw one snake but saw lots of cracks in the rocks…

  12. Gee, Red, I really love the ?rock croppings and levels. These are swell.
    I am intrigued with Lily Lagoon. We have such a lake here, which is called Lily Lake, not too, too far from home. You can paddle boat, walk trails, canoe, row, swim n play, cook your own BBQ or lunch. Great place.
    When I first saw the “snake”, I thought at quick glance, it was just a crack in the ground and then, of course read on – YIKES – u can have ur snakes girlie and the closeup is Kool.
    Now Mango Smoothie I could go for and what a great start to my day to have one of these too. YUMMY.
    Great photos and just luv the Rock Formations.

  13. Another stunning photo essay. I met The Gator Boys here in South Florida a while back. They have a TV show here in the states that centers around clearing critters like alligators and pythons from peoples yards and pools. I have been wondering what they have been doing with all those giant snakes and lizards. I think maybe you gave us all a clue.

  14. Dang the snakes there are just as big as the snakes here in Texas, Wow!! I’ve never seen a python like that either, lol…Beautiful countryside, thanks for sharing!!

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