THOMPSON SPRINGS & LAKE ARGYLE
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.