Durack River

5 July 1996

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Between the journey to Mount Elizabeth cattle station and El Questro at the Pentecost River we made a brief lunch stop at the Durack River. These images show the Durack during the dry season (Australian winter) when the rivers are quiet. You can see high water marks on the Silver-leafed paperbark trees (

We got in some extra time as the road surface had shredded one of our tires. Aussies fix outback roads by finding a local rock deposit, busting up the rocks and using giant road equipment to whack the rock shards into the old road surface. This tends to eat tires, but keeps the roadbeds more or less intact during the annual flooding.

Melaleuca argentea) made during the floods of summer (The Wet). In between The Dry and The Wet comes spring, when humidity rises to oppressive levels. This is called by some souls 'the Suicide Season."

A closer view of the high water mark on Silver-leafed paperbark . The bark has found use as materials for Aboriginal shelters, as food wrappers and for constructing carrying items.


The Silver-leaf paperbark favors the deep sandy loam along freshwater rivers and creeks. Eucalypt woodland is visible at the top of the riverbank.


Riparian vegetation along the bed of the Durack river.