The Kimberley by Bus with Zeb and Eider Duck

There are two major roads through the Kimberley of Australia.   This part of Australia has little or no access during The Wet, or rainy season.   Flooding frequently closes the roads.   We drove to Derby earlier and took a couple day tour in the Kimberley, but we wanted to see more.   We took a Greyhound Bus from Broome, Western Australia, to Darwin, in the Northern Territory.

Grayhound Bus was great transportation. Large, clean windows and not crowded

Grayhound Bus was great transportation. Large, clean windows and not crowded

We also took bus tours to Nitmiluk National Park and to Kakadu National Park.   Today we will show you some of what we saw from the bus.   We already showed you Derby, and our Kimberley Wild Tour.   Soon we will show you parts of Nitmiluk National Park and also Kakadu National Park.   Through the Kimberley, we crossed several rivers.

Beautiful rivers

Beautiful rivers

We also stopped at the Ord River Roadhouse.

Ord River Roadhouse was one of our stops

Ord River Roadhouse was one of our stops

Of course we needed a snack after our meal, and this satisfied us.

Perfect for out dessert

Perfect for out dessert

These rock cliffs were beautiful.

Rock wall

Rock wall

We decided to ride the Greyhound Bus because we have seen much of the world from 30,000 feet.   Of course, at that altitude, we saw nothing.   Also, we were the only foreign tourists on the bus, so we were able to talk to many Australian natives, many of them aboriginals.   Everyone was very nice to us.   Even when mom got stuck in a restroom stall.   One of the beautiful young girls that sat across from us on the bus, helped her get out.   Mom was very grateful for the help.   Getting stuck in the bathroom was not fun and not part of our travel plans.   So thank you again to that very nice girl.   On another bus to Nitmiluk National Park, we stopped in the town of Adelaide River to visit the War Cemetery.

Adelaide River War Cemetery

Adelaide River War Cemetery

This monument with a white cross was very nice.

Monument in War Cemetery

Monument in War Cemetery

Many of those buried here were killed February 19, 1942 during air raids on Darwin.   We loved this tree.

Great tree

Great tree

Further down the road, we stopped for a break near Emerald Springs Roadhouse.

Rest stop near Emerald Springs Roadhouse. Heading to Nitmiluk National Park

Rest stop near Emerald Springs Roadhouse. Heading to Nitmiluk National Park

Another bus to Kakadu National Park stopped for our break at Bark Hut.

A stop at Bark Hut driving to Kakadu National Park

A stop at Bark Hut driving to Kakadu National Park

This is where we saw an early model Toyota Landcruiser station wagon.

Modified Toyota Land Cruiser

Modified Toyota Land Cruiser

This vehicle has been modified as a “Yard Truck” or “Push up Truck” to push, or herd, buffalo into yards and pens.   The door panels were re-enforced after a man, sitting in the truck, was gored through his thigh.   The buffalo horn came right through the door.   There are still wild buffalo in the Northern Territory.

Native Australian Buffalo

Native Australian Buffalo

When we drove past a buffalo herd, the humans did not have their cameras ready.   We hope you experience foreign travel in a public bus.   You will see so much more and we learned so much from the local people sharing the bus.

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