Adventure Stats: The Wild Kimberley
Our most favourite parts; Berkley River, King George River, Glycosmis Bay and Gallery Bay (all the first week out of Wyndham).
Distances; At sea: 30 days at sea. 1240 nautical miles / 2235km. By road: 10 days driving. 6180 kms.
BOAT Fuel; We used 2100 litres of diesel. 20 litres of petrol in the little Whaly outboard. Wyndham $1100. Truscott $1375. Kuri Bay #1 $2130. Kuri Bay #2 $1400. Total $6000.
TRUCK Fuel; Northbound: $1355 / 830 litres. Southbound: $1427 / 842 litres. Total $2780.
Drinking water; Hard to estimate. But we used between 8 -10 litres per day for four. We relied on waterfalls for fresh water.
Perfect moments; Beautiful waterfalls like the postcards. Glassy sunsets. Yummy pressure cooker creations. Horizontal Boat ride. Hiking into find a waterfall. Pulling into Twin Falls waterfall. Rock bar spa at Berkley River. Dugong Bay waterfall (the last swim). The Apartments caves. Interesting rock art and skulls.
Unexpected moments; Wild weather. Whirlpools and tidal overflows. Dodgy mangrove creeks. Hard to catch fish. No crabs. Bigge Island crocodile visit. No other families around doing the same. Crocodile banging on our boat. Loosing reverse gear. Jumping in Gallery Bay waterhole was fun. Sleepless nights in rough anchor. Cant see through the water for depth and bommies. Croc in Freshwater Creek! Scratching and hives from all our insect bites.
We missed the most; Nothing… my friends… the safe security of home… roll over in bed without hitting my head or elbow… our doggies.. The comforts of home.
What we didn’t miss; School… modern day pressures of scheduled life… the internet… green stuff like rocket… coffee and cake with the girls! Answering emails.
Happy about; That all our planning and organising paid off. Most of our preplanning ‘worked’; the fuel drops, collecting water from the waterfalls, our food provisions. Our bunks all were super comfy and we slept well. That we did a wild month-long adventure at sea and everyone got along and enjoyed it. All the reading books and card playing – back to family basics. That we lived at sea for 30 days!
Why do we all love holidays so much? Because we can live a simple life in the moment without the pressure of ‘should be doing something’. The vibe of holidays is freedom…