To cut a long story short, I got to Darwin and 2 days later received a message from the Western Australia Police that the quarantine requirements for entry from the Northern Territory had been lifted. Therefore I could enter the state without going into quarantine in Kununurra at the border and getting a negative Covid test as long as I had only been in the Northern Territory for the previous two weeks.
All the remote areas that I planned to visit in the Kimberley this year that I missed out on last year were still closed to outsiders. So I headed straight back to Perth before there were any more intrastate or interstate lockdowns. A disappointing end to a memorable trip.
Trip Statistics – 156 Days, 30,261 kms, 2,870 litres of Diesel,
Darwin to Kununurra – Distance 815 km, Elapsed time 8:50 hrs.
Stopped at Katherine for fuel after that rugged, beautiful and varied scenery. Another 15 min stop at the WA border while they checked my Visa and Checkin App to see where I had been in the last two weeks.
Kununurra to Willare Bridge Road House – Distance 878 km, Elapsed time 8:39 hrs.
Two stops for fuel, Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing. Wildflowers are out now.
Willare RH to South Hedland – Distance 706 km, Elapsed time 7:19 hrs.
This is where the caravans start as most of them are either coming from or going to Broome but once I got past the early leavers it was an uneventful drive to Hedland.
South Hedland to Carnarvon – Distance 857 km, Elapsed time 8:18 hrs.
Many wildflowers, very beautiful.
Carnarvon to Perth – Distance 907 km, Elapsed time 8:59 hrs.
Wildflowers up to Geraldton, after that it became colder and the wildflowers will start a month later.