Published: July 18th 2008July 7th 2008
We arrived at Vacation Village to discover that all the sites were very cosy (to put it nicely) and our tent site was right up against the fence next to Port road. So we had to contend with lots of traffic noise, including that of heavy trucks driving to and from the wharf at all hours of the night. The park also required a coded push button entry to the toilets, which was a bit of a nuisance - there were lots and lots of complaints from fellow campers, especially the older ones who had trouble reading the numbers. Having said all that, we got used to the noise pretty quickly and the park had a nice pool, which the kids frequented a couple of times.
Believe it or not, Broome gave us our first taste of camping in wet conditions. It's rare for it to rain at this time of year, but we had a couple of nights where we were subjected to heavy fogs. Because we were camped under a nice big and shady African Mahogany, the moisture from the fog condensed into what seemed like rain drops. Although we got up in the middle of the night
and moved most things inside the vestibule, our whole campsite got soaked. Hmmm, a fog is bad enough, I wonder how we'll go when it really rains down south!
Despite the noise and wet conditions, all in all we spent 5 relaxing days in Broome. This included a visit to Gantheaume Point, our first dinner outing at the local pub where we caught up with a friend from Melbourne who was working in Broome that week (and also ran into a friend from Darwin who was also working on the new Broome prison), a sunset dinner (chops, sausages and veges) cooked up on Cable Beach (4WDs are allowed to drive on the beach), a walk out to the wharf jetty, and a couple of afternoons spent relaxing on Cable Beach where we braved the cold waters of the Indian Ocean (cold for us, anyway). The kids spent hours digging holes and making 'snow' balls.
The couple in the site next to us had a Pioneer off-road camper trailer, so we had a quick look at their set up. There were a few others in the park, so we did a bit of a sticky beak at the various
Vacation Village-morning fog
If this is just after fog, imagine what it'll be like after rain!
models. I checked out the latest 4x4 4WD magazine in the local newsagent and as luck would have it (or is that fate?), it came with a free camper trailer guide.
We had also heard that it was difficult to get accommodation up at our next stop, Cape Leveque, and we were hoping to stay there at Kooljaman camp ground because this is where Alex's folks had stayed previously. But unfortunately nothing was available, so instead we decided to stay at Middle Lagoon, which we had also heard nice things about, with a plan to do a day trip up to the Cape.
There are more photos below