"Duncan Road, WA" Australia Off The Beaten Path Tip by martin_nl

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  Duncan Road
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Duncan Road was one of the highlights of my trip. This outback road can be found in the Kimberley region and goes from Kununurra to the town of Halls Creek. We only did a small part of the road that is unsealed all the way. We started in Halls Creek where we got some infor about the Road conditions and asked if it would be do'able in a campervan. At the infor centre they said it was no problem if we wouldn't go any further than Palm Springs or Sawpit Gorge. So early in the afternoon we started driving. Duncan Road to Palm Springs is only about 45 kilometres but it took us till 7 or 8pm to get there. Quite a drive in a campervan. Of course we did undertake a couple of stops.

First stop was China Wall. This is a big quartz wall that has evolved naturally. Quite stunning to see. After walking around a bit we got back on the van and made another stop at a small body of water. It was amazing how the reflections of the wall showed on the water. By this time the sky was getting very dark, so we prepared for a lot of rain. No rain fell on our heads, but it came pretty close by, as you can see on one of the pics with the rainbow. It was already getting a bit dark at this stage and since there are no lanterns in outback Australia we decided to drive further to Palm Springs. We made a quick stop here to see what it was like and continued to Sawpit Gorge. However the road was flooded here and since rain was approaching we decided not to go further since we might be trapped in the morning if the level rised even further. So we drove back to Palm Springs where we made some pancakes for dinner.

Next morning we woke at a beautiful day. We went for a swim in the springs which were very nice and warm. We found the source and it was lovely to sit under this warm stream of water in the middle of absolutely nowhere. When morning dip time was over we got back on the campervan and drove back to Hall Creek. We also made a stop at Old Halls Creek. Nothing much is left here. You can see a graveyard and that is about it.

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  • Written Sep 30, 2005
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