hottest Australia …

One of my favorite areas of the environment is the hottest region of Western Australia, East and North East of the hottest town, Marble Bar. I go there during the hottest time of year to collect seed and plant material and take photographs.

The zone starts 200km SE from Broome and extends from the Edgar Range through to Marble Bar and Nullagine, with the Great Sandy Desert in between. These images were requested by Jonova on this post about heat ranges that humans can stand. Click on images to enlarge.

Edgar RangeThe Edgar Range, 200km SE of Broome is where intrepid walker, Robert Bogucki was found after wandering the desert for 40 days a couple of decades ago. The Great Sandy Desert has vast areas of spinifex grasses between dunes along with a superb range of small and medium shrubs.

Great Sandy DesertThis track was about 350 km SE of Broome. The Kidson track, pictured here splits the desert, snaking it’s way to Well 31 on the Canning Stock route, and closer to Marble Bar. Ludwig Leichardt, an early explorer perished near here.Kidson TrackSome large trees called Desert Walnuts, Owenia reticulata can be found on and between dunes.


Desert Walnut

Cyanostegia cyanocalyx

Cyanostegia cyanocalyx

Some wonderful colours are found in desert regions East of Marble Bar.

No thermometers are found anywhere near here, but it is hot, very hot at times. Wonderful.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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