Luckily, I had plenty of disc space on my camera – and a fully charged battery – as I watched colours changing over the Murray, part of Australia’s largest river system, while the sun set behind me.
River town Waikerie (rhymes with ‘Bakery’ and is home of the great Waikerie Bakery) is an excellent base to explore the eclectic delights of the Riverland region.
But after a hard day sampling local produce, birdwatching at Gluepot Station, visiting the historic Overland Corner pub, walking the town or catching the view from atop the mighty Murray cliffs, unwinding by the river while watching the ferry crossing as the sun sets is unbeatable.
Amazingly, the actual setting of the sun is the least spectacular point of interest in the panorama of the Devils Marbles at sunset. The colours of the rock grow richer, shadows longer and the backdrop of the marvellous sky darker as the sun sinks into oblivion behind.
The campground at the base of the Devils Marbles – or Karlu Karlu as the local indigenous people know it – makes taking awesome sunset and sunrise shots pleasurably convenient.
Even if every other visitor to this beautiful spot has the same shots!
Looking towards Kununurra over Lily Lagoon, Western Australia
6 Kununurra, Western Australia
The best sites at the Lakeside Resort and Tourist Park are at the waters edge. They’re also the least desirable to the Grey Nomads who make up most of the park’s clientele as they have neither power nor water. This meant we could take our pick.
Our massive site on the edge of Lily Lagoon gave us uninterrupted sunset spectaculars across the lake to Kununurra, And in the sunset’s light, a red glow from the eyes of the lagoon’s many crocodiles!
Watching the sun set over water doubles its effect. And an inanimate object or two makes the shot even more dramatic.
But combine both these variables with the biggest tides in the Southern Hemisphere? Lets just say I could have filled this whole post – and several like it – with sunset shots from the Derby Jetty.
The dramatic effect of an 11+ metre tidal range can best be measured against the wharf, set on pylons over 12 metres above the floor of King Sound. While we only saw a baby 10.83 metre tide, and tides are only 9th highest in the world (go visit Saucy Kod for scenes of the Bay of Fundy, world’s highest) it’s an unbelievably awesome backdrop to the jaw-dropping sunsets.
Sunset at Gantheaume Point, via Broome, Western Australia
9 Gantheaume Point, via Broome, Western Australia
Red rock, blue sea, endless blue sky. Dinosaur footprints on the rocks far below the lighthouse. Fishing, boating, birdwatching. A steady stream of travellers and locals exploring, swimming, gathering.
Gathering to watch the sun set over the sea – a sight so stupendous all other activity ceases.
The little fishing village of Denham, where we stayed in Australia’s westernmost caravan park, has more to offer than meets the eye.
Of course attractions like the dolphins of Monkey Mia and Eagle Bluff, plunging down into the wildlife-infested green sea below are well known.
But the simple pleasures – like wandering along the foreshore watching the fishing boats come and go while the sun sinks into the water leaving a trail of glitter on the waves – are what will bring us back!