THOMP­SON SPRINGS & LAKE AR­GYLE

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WHEN we “dis­cov­ered” this spot on our last trip, we won­dered why we had never found it be­fore. It was a Sun­day and two lo­cals were skinny-dip­ping when we came across them – they were more sur­prised at our sud­den ar­rival than em­bar­rassed, but quickly moved on any­way.

The spring lies tucked up close to a rocky range; the access track leaves the main high­way about four kilo­me­tres from the Lake Ar­gyle dam access road at Golden Gate Creek. A track on the right veers west and leads just over two kilo­me­tres to Thomp­son Spring it­self. This de­light­ful swim­ming hole is sur­rounded by Pan­danus palms and ver­dant veg­e­ta­tion, while there is a very small camp­ing area nearby.

Back on the main dirt road the route south crosses nu­mer­ous small creeks and wash aways, and the go­ing is slow but not too dif­fi­cult. About 15km from the Thomp­son Spring track junc­tion you come to a flat, grassy plain bor­der­ing the shal­low backwaters of Lake Ar­gyle. This is a vastly dif­fer­ent scene to the one at the dam wall.

There are a num­ber of pleas­ant camp sites un­der the trees be­fore the edge of the wa­ter, and the birdlife can also be rich around here.

Two lo­cals were skinny-dip­ping when we came across them – they were more sur­prised than em­bar­rassed

Thomp­son Spring rock­hole.

The Kur­ra­jong flower is one of the stand­out beau­ties of the Kim­ber­ley.

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