4WD in the Wilderness. Many of us dream of a four-wheel drive adventure when visiting a place like Kununurra but it can be an unforgiving place if you don’t know what you are doing. A knowledgable local guide who knows all the spots and a comfortable go-anywhere vehicle can add so much extra value to a day out in the bush. Ian Harvey, from HOT Tours, runs a range of day and half-day tours around Kununurra. Although he runs tours all year round, Ian reckons the wet season is the best time to visit Kununurra. And being a one-man band means he is very adaptable and can change his tour to suit whatever the conditions are at any given time. “No tour is ever the same because weather conditions can change from day to day and it’s the best time to see nature in its grandeur. The waterfalls are pumping, the landscape is green and the animal life is prolific,” he says. Ian picks me up in his specially modified seven-seat Toyota LandCruiser Troop Carrier. We begin the tour with a visit to Kelly’s Knob lookout, where Ian gives me an overview of the town and where we will be heading. We are going to explore the area around the Ngamoowalem Conservation Park on the western side of the Ord River, where there are some nice waterfalls flowing at the moment. Ian’s commentary and knowledge about the country is second only to his knowledge about four-wheel driving. Water crossings, tricky ascents and descents are negotiated with ease and confidence. There are many highlights and thrills along the way. Among them, a hike to the top of Middle Springs, where we cool off in one of the pools and watch the water cascade down the mountain. Another is a visit to Black Rock Falls, which featured in the ABC drama, Mystery Road. Oh, I nearly forgot to mention the spectacular lunch we enjoyed at Middle Springs. Mogens Johansen was a guest of Tourism Western Australia on a HOT Tour late in the Wet Season 2021.
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