Today we spent the day looking around Kununurra. First we went to see the pink diamonds that are mined in the are and found out they are extremely rare and very expensive.
As we walked in, we found some jewellery, but these prices were cheap compared to the pink diamonds, which we soon found out!
Then it was off to the Artlandish:Aboriginal Art Gallery. R absolutely loved all the art in this gallery. For special reasons, you are unable to take photos in this art gallery, but you can see the works here: Artlandish. We purchased a returning boomerang and some painted bookmarks here. We are yet to find enough space to try out the boomerang.
After this we headed a bit out of town to the Hoochery Distillery. They make the only rum in Western Australia: The Ord River Rum.
We did the Rum Tour at 11am. Margaret was extremely knowledgable and was a great guide. Then we (hubby and I) had a taste test of 6 of their products, while the boys tried an ice cream cookie.
The shop inside!
The tour started here!
The barreling room. The rum has to sit for a minimum of two years before it can be used. This room had a very strong rum smell.
This is where the bottling /labelling and boxing up of the rum happens. They were bottling up mango liqueur. It is amazing to see that they are doing most things still by hand. Even the labels go on by hand!
When the tour was over, hubby and I tried 6 of their products:
The first two on the top line: The Raymond B Whiskey and the Kimberley Moon Premium White Rum.
The three on the second line: Spike’s Reserve (which had recently won the Champion Rum at the Royal Melbourne Show) and the Ord River Rum (Won at the same show last year: 2014) and Single Barrel.
The first one on the bottle line: Oda Gold Mango Liqueur.
We also tasted the Ord River Rum Cake, which was delicious!
The boys having their ice cream cookie.
After this, we headed a short distance down the road to the Sandalwood Factory. Here B and I tried a few of the samples and can out smelling very ‘pretty’.
There were acres and acres of sandalwood trees growing!
We tried this body butter which was really nice.
This perfume was also quite nice!
You could purchase some sandalwood chips for a memento.
They also had large pieces of sandalwood for sale.
Next in was onto Ivanhoe Crossing. This is a causeway that was built over the Ord River and was once part of the main road to Wyndham. It was flooded after the start of the Ord Irrigation Scheme in the 1960s. This crossing is now closed, with a massive rock blocking the entrance. Fishing can be done here, but you do need to beware of the saltwater crocs that call this place home.
The boys were a little disappointed that they were unable to see a saltwater croc.
Finally we headed for the Kununurra Museum. This was a tiny little place, but it contained lots of information about the history of Kununurra and the surrounding area.
After a busy day, we relaxed at the caravan, preparing to leave early the next day.