Driving from Darwin to Lake Argyle for the Easter long weekend may take 8 hours but it’s worth the trip. This is one amazing and beautiful place!
We left Darwin at 2pm on Thursday afternoon to beat the hordes of people who usually exit Darwin for the long weekend and decided to overnight at the Vic River Roadhouse so we weren’t driving through the night. We arrived well after sunset at 7.15pm and checked in hoping to having a hot counter meal, but unfortunately the kitchen closes at 7.30pm so it was maggie 2min noodles for us that night!
The camp site at Vic River is great and the facilities are excellent, we paid $35 for 2 adults and 1 teenager for a powered site and we pretty much had the entire camp site to ourselves.
We crossed the NT/WA border around lunch time on Friday, but with the time difference we gained an hour and a half. If you are planning on doing this trip, don’t forget to dump all your fresh fruit and veg before you cross into WA or hand it all over to customs staff to avoid penalties – they are very strict!
I do wish there was a market stand near the border so you can purchase everything you left behind, the turn off to Lake Argyle is only 30mins down the road and then 40kms in so you don’t even go near the town Kununurra. If you get desperate the restaurant at the camp site may sell you a tomato and a couple of lettuce leaves or purchase a ready made green salad for $7.00.
We set up in the dog friendly campsite, which I will never do again – whilst our dog is perfect – doesn’t bark, is friendly and stays on his lead, other people’s dogs aren’t so well behaved and we had to listen to our neighbours 2 very large dogs bark at every child that rode past on their bike. Needless to say it wasn’t very peaceful!
The campsite is large by our standards and well spread out, each site has enough space for the van, car & annexe, just make sure you park within your lines as it does get crowded.
Facilities are ok, but I don’t think they are cleaned often enough for the amount of people camping. There is great bar and live entertainment in the evening, lovely picnic grounds, bbq and an infinity pool overlooking the lake which is magnificent if a bit small for such a large caravan park and did get crowded.
We did the sunset cruise on Saturday night which cost $250 for 3 of us, this included a 3 hour cruise around the lake with a glass of wine or beer and some nibbles. We stopped at sunset for a swim which was fantastic after such a hot day. The staff on the boat were fantastic – very knowledgable about the area and history with a lot of humour.
On Sunday we visited the Homestead museum which is on the main road into the Lake, I would recommend seeing the museum after the cruise to have a better understanding of it’s history and how it was put together.
Monday we left early and drove 8 hours back home to Darwin arriving at 5.30pm – not bad.