February Newsletter, 2020
 
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There are just a couple of days left for our 10% off SALE!  Don't miss out ... use the code JJJHNY (Triple J Tours) or KNXHNY (Kununurra Cruises) when you make your booking direct with us via our website (click on links below).
 
In this edition:
 
  • Our New Year sale finishes on the 26 February;
  • Crew Catch-Up - meet Grant Lodge, Director;
  • Work with Us;
  • Remarkable RAMSAR Wetlands;
  • Insta-famous #ordsome;
  • 2020 Calendar.
 
We are getting ready for our tourist season and look forward to seeing you in 2020,

The Triple J Tours and Kununurra Cruises teams
 
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Crew Catch-Up - Meet Grant Lodge
 
Grant has been with Triple J Tours as a Director for ten years, however started as a skipper four years prior to joining the executive team. An adventurer at heart, meet Lodgey ...
 
 
What do you love most about taking guests on the river?
Just witnessing people’s pleasure as they discover what a unique place the Ord is. Most people don’t realise what is up there.

When not skippering the boats, what do you like to do in your down-time?
Enjoying active outdoor activities is my first love (right up there with my wife Sarah!). Exploring the remote Kimberley Coast in our own small boat is my favourite pasttime along with mountain biking, sailing, hiking and swimming.
 
What stands out for you over your time at Triple J Tours?
Two main things:
 
1.   Observing the subtle changes in the river system as it evolves over the years and;
2.   Enjoying the company of so many people who have come and gone as part of the Triple J Team over time.
 
When friends or rellies come to visit - what are the top 5 things you get them to see/do whilst in Kununurra?
A trip to Wyndham and surroundings;
El Questro;
A trip out to the back of Lake Argyle to witness the bird life;
A boat trip out the Cambridge Gulf (ex-Wyndham) if possible;
And of course a trip up the Ord with Triple J Tours.
 
Work With Us
 
 
So we can hang out! 
 
Triple J Tours and Kununurra Cruises offer a range of positions during our peak months (April-September). From mechanic, skippers, coach drivers and cooks ... if you'd like to know more or see what we have available for the 2020 season, follow the link below.
 
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Remarkable RAMSAR Wetlands
 
 
Giant Glassfish (Parambassis Gulliveri) 
Pic: roughfish.com
 
Little Curlew (Numenius minutus)
Pic: waderquest.net
 
Freshwater Crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni)
Pic: Penney Hayley
 
 
Did you know that there are over 60 RAMSAR Wetlands in Australia - twelve in Western Australia and four of them are in the Kimberley region?
 
In the Kimberley, the RAMSAR sites are Eighty Mile Beach and Roebuck Bay in the West Kimberley and the Ord River Floodplain, Lakes Argyle and Kununurra in the East Kimberley.
 
(The following information has been taken from the Lakes Argyle and Kununurra Ramsar Site Ecological Character Description, 2010).
 
The The Lakes Argyle and Kununurra Ramsar site meets five of the nine criteria:
 
Criterion 4: “A wetland should be considered internationally important if it supports plant and/or animal species at a critical stage in their life cycles, or provides refuge during adverse conditions.”
The Lakes Argyle and Kununurra Ramsar site supports the critical life stages of migration (migratory shorebirds); breeding (fish and a small number of waterbirds) and moulting of waterfowl in the large expanse of open water on Lake Argyle.
 
Criterion 5: “A wetland should be considered internationally important if it regularly supports 20 000 or more waterbirds.”
Comprehensive bird survey data for the Lakes Argyle and Kununurra Ramsar site are limited. A single count from the 1980s (Jaensch and Vervest 1990) and counts from 2005 (Hassell et al. 2005) and 2007 (Bennelongia 2007) are they only examples of surveys that covered large portions of the Ramsar site. All of these resulted in summer total waterbird numbers in excess of 150 000.
 
Criterion 6: “A wetland should be considered internationally important if it regularly supports one percent of the individuals in a population of one species or subspecies of waterbird.
Counts are limited, but based on available data (Jaensch and Vervest 1990; Hassell et al. 2005; and Bennelongia 2007) the Ramsar site supports greater than one percent of the relevant populations of 11 species of birds: little curlew (Numenius minutus); wood sandpiper (Tringa glareola); sharp-tailed sandpiper (Calidris acuminata); oriental pratincole (Glareola maldivarum); black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus); red-capped plover (Charadrius ruficapillus); magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata); wandering whistling duck (Dendrocygna arcuata); hardhead (Aythya australis); Eurasian coot (Fulica atra); and green pygmy goose (Nettapus pulchellus).
 
Criteria 7: “A wetland should be considered internationally important if it supports a significant proportion of indigenous fish subspecies, species or families, life-history stages, species interactions and/or populations that are representative of wetland benefits and/or values and thereby contributes to global biological diversity.”
A total of 29 species of native fish have been recorded from these two Ramsar sites, and these represent the only Western Australian populations of the giant glassfish (Parambassis gulliveri), and potentially important populations of a few terapontid species. The majority of species in these sites are Australian endemics, with some endemic to the Kimberley. A number of adjunct populations of specifically, terapontids (grunters, Syncomistes spp.) that are endemic to the Kimberley are found within Lake Argyle.
 
Criterion 9: “A wetland should be considered internationally important if it regularly supports one percent of the individuals in a population of one species or subspecies of wetland-dependent non-avian animal species.”
The Lakes Argyle and Kununurra Ramsar site supports over one percent of the global population of freshwater crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni).
 
Keep an eye on our website for an upcoming blog (on our NEWS page) with further information on RAMSAR Wetlands.
 
 
Insta-famous #ordsome

@powershala 1 shows us the sublime serenity that Lake Kununurra offers ... love ...
 
Mark Your Calendar
 
TRIPLE J TOURS
Year Round     J4 - Ord River Explorer with Sunset
                     (subject to minimum numbers October to March)
 
01 April            J3 - Ord River Discoverer with Sunset\                               cruises commence
 
01 June           J2 - Ord River Experience with
                           Riverside Lunch  cruises commence
 
 
KUNUNURRA CRUISES
15 May            Lake Kununurra Sunset Dinner Cruisess
                            kick-off for the season
 
 
 
See you in Kununurra, Western Australia in 2020!
 
Triple J Tours & Kununurra Cruises
4B Coolibah Drive, Kununurra
 
 
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