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Ngumban Cliff Lookout…

by on Oct.09, 2015, under Life, Photography

I wasn’t quite sure if this place was called Ngumban or Ngumpan Cliff Lookout (note the “b” and “p” in Ngumban). Our caravaners guidebook had it listed as Ngumpan Cliff Lookout however I had trouble finding that in Google Maps and when we arrived the signpost at the road corner had it listed with a “b” (Ngumban).

Outback Colours

Outback Colours

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 58 mm, 1/100 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Google searches online show many results for both forms of the name so I’m not sure which is actually correct. I’m just going to go with the possibly dodgy street sign on location :).

Either way you will find Ngumban Cliff Lookout rest area, 96km east of Fitzroy Crossing or 192km west of Halls Creek. The view is worth the stay even if it is quite windy up here at the edge :).

The earth here is soooo red – it’s so dark and rich. We know we are working our way towards iron ore country and the Pilbara.

Ngumban Tree

Ngumban Tree

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135 mm, 1/160 sec at f/7.1, ISO 180

That lone tree again – plans are still percolating in my mind :). Gerry would have gone nuts over this tree had he been here – sorry dude! :).

Ngumban Cliff Lookout - Mueller Ranges

We were literally in the middle of nowhere (see centre of the map) and my mental expectation before coming here was that this was going to be more like a desert. How wrong I was with this rich and almost lush countryside.

It’s the riot of earthy colours which just jumps out at you here. The deep reds of the rocks, the oranges of the soil and yellows of the dried grasses. The various light shades of green of the spinifex grasses. Finally the greens of the leaves on the snow gums with their pure white bark on their twisted frames.

Everywhere the colours were bold and inviting, even without the soft beautiful light of sunset or sunrise. In the few hours I spent checking out this location this late afternoon light slowly arched downwards. It’s long rays with selective highlights and shadows forming over the undulations of the valley below were spectacular.



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 100 mm, 1/100 sec at f/8, ISO 160

Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, 1/320 sec at f/5.6, ISO 250

I too say Yes! to Ngumban Cliff Lookout – I give it my definite thumbs up for a free campsite.



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 125 mm, 1/125 sec at f/5.6, ISO 110

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