Our Ord River cruise ends at the dam

georgieboy98

YANCHEP, Australia

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This is effectively the end of Western Australia’s mighty Ord River – the Lake Argyle Dam.
The dam wall, which is constructed of earth only, is 99 m high and 318 m long. Lake Argyle, which it holds back, has a normal capacity of over 10. 7 million cubic metres (18 times the volume of Sydney Harbour) and a surface area of 980 sq. km. In flood, the dam can hold nearly 35,000 million cubic metres and extends over an area of more than 2000 sq. km. 250 species of birds , colonies of rock wallabies and a large number of species of fish inhabit the area.
We had just landed after our wonderful 3 hour cruise with Triple J and our coach was there to meet us. We then drove to the top of – and across – the wall and then along the 70+ kms of sealed road to Kununurra where we had our picnic lunch beside the very lake from which we had set out a few hours earlier.
Now that all the high speed excitement was over I had switched my Sony R1 camera back to aperture priority for this and the remainder of the day’s photography.
Incidentally, although out of shot there was a (harmless!!) fresh water crocodile basking on the shoreline about 60 or 70 metres downstream from the boat.

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