Dream hol­i­day by the lake

Sunday Territorian - - CHRISTMAS IN KUNUNURRA AND THE EAST KIMBERLEY -

JUST across from where the North­ern Ter­ri­tory meets West­ern Aus­tralia is the coun­try’s largest body of fresh­wa­ter and the ‘jewel’ of the Kim­ber­ley.

The Lake Ar­gyle Car­a­van Park boasts over 100 lush green sites and there is plenty of room and shade now that the bulk of the tourists have moved on.

They of­fer late check­out in the car­a­van park from Oc­to­ber to March so you can check in for the night and stay un­til sun­set the fol­low­ing day. If you book on one of the Kim­ber­ley Du­rack Lake Cruises through the wet sea­son, your sec­ond night in the car­a­van park or camp ground will be com­pli­men­tary. If you are not plan­ning to stay the night, the team at Lake Ar­gyle also of­fer a com­pli­men­tary re­sort-day pass to their stun­ning In­fin­ity Pool for all Kim­ber­ley Du­rack Cruise pas­sen­gers.

There is a selec­tion of com­fort­able air-con­di­tioned ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions to choose from.

Cur­rently they are of­fer­ing ev­ery sec­ond night free un­til the March 27, 2018 (ex­clud­ing De­cem­ber 23 to Jan­uary 2). This of­fer in­cludes one, two and four-bed­room Lake View Vil­las or their one and twobed­room Kim­ber­ley Cab­ins. The four-bed­room Grand Vil­las are per­fectly set up for a cou­ple of fam­i­lies or up to 10 friends for a week­end in par­adise.

The sun­set cruise on the Kim­ber­ley Du­rack is a great way to spend an af­ter­noon. Let their staff show you around while you take in the stun­ning East Kim­ber­ley land­scape.

At sun­set you can jump in for a swim, with­out the fear of salt­wa­ter croc­o­diles or stingers, and re­lax in pure fresh­wa­ter with a glass of sparkling or an icy cold beer. There is ac­cess to the lake for those who have their own boats and the spec­tac­u­lar Ord River Gorges is just one kilo­me­tre from the re­sort and car­a­van park.

Open all year round, this mas­sive in­land sea is open to all kinds of recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing fish­ing, cruis­ing, camp­ing or just pulling up at an is­land for a bar­be­cue or drink.

With an av­er­age ca­pac­ity of over 19 Syd­ney Har­bours, you are bound to find your own pri­vate beach some­where to chill out and re­lax in.

There are sev­eral bush- walks ac­ces­si­ble from the re­sort for all lev­els of fit­ness, from a short 10-minute walk down to the lake to 5km re­turn hikes for amaz­ing look­outs over the cove and beyond.

There are 4WD tracks and there should be, be­fore long, wa­ter­falls that will be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by road or kayak.

Pad­dle boards and kayaks are avail­able for hire at the re­sort.

The pop­u­lar In­fin­ity Pool is at a per­fect spot to sit back and re­lax dur­ing the day and to watch the sun­set in the evening.

Bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties are avail- able or the restau­rant is open daily, ex­cept for Christ­mas Day, for break­fast, lunch and din­ner.

The Lake Ar­gyle Team are ready and wait­ing to wel­come you to their back­yard just across the bor­der.

Only a day’s drive from Dar­win and just 7km past the bor­der, you will see a sign for the Lake Ar­gyle turn-off.

If you’re not up for the drive then Ku­nunurra is only a 40minute flight with Airnorth from Dar­win, where you can hire a car and drive the 70km on a sealed road out to the re­sort.

The Th Lake L k Ar­gyle A lC Car­a­van an Park boasts more than 100 lush green sites, in­clud­ing the stun­ning In­fin­ity Pool

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