Marg Wayfarer


Marg Wayfarer

I live in Sydney Australia and love to travel. I am retired and have an interest in photography.

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 14th 2010

19th - 25th June Windjana Gorge to Mitchell Plateau Left Derby on the sealed road then onto the Gibb River Road with it’s reputation for being rough and badly corrugated. We were pleasantly surprised as the was excellent as dirt roads go. It had been graded and we could travel comfortably at around 80km/hr. The road after the turnoff to Windjana Gorge was not quite so good with more corrugations, but still reasonable. The limestone rocks forming Windjana Gorge rise from a huge flat plain with sheer cliffs often rising straight up into the air. Turned into the camping area. This was quite a good area for a National Park. Flat camp sites still with some grass, trees and even solar hot showers. (Just make sure you don’t wait ‘til too late in the day or ... read more
Cliff top boab
Windjana Passage

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Derby July 5th 2010

15th to 18th June Derby Leaving the Dampier Peninsula via a shortcut we had been told about. Although we weren’t certain of the conditions having heard mixed reports we decided to give it a go. The turnoff was just south of The Beagle Bay turnoff, and after missing it the first time we turned back, this time with success. This shortcut turned out to be excellent and saved us a great deal of time and the road was actually better than the more major road going to Broome. There were places where it was just a 2 wheel track but the corrugations were no where near as bad. We believe the track saved us a couple of hours. The track went east then eventually turned south where is joined the main road to Derby with 110km ... read more
The track
Views from the plane

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Cape Leveque July 5th 2010

10th June to 14th June Dampier Peninsula At last the road is open up to Cape Leveque and beyond. The road is corrugated and sandy in parts but with the skill of the driver (me!) we arrive safely onto the sealed section just before the turnoff to Beagle Bay. Here there is a church with 3 altars all inlaid with mother of pearl. Even the floor has some shells inlaid. Quite a pretty church. The whole community looks clean but there is no accommodation of any sort, so we had lunch and moved on to Middle Lagoon. Middle Lagoon Whale Bay Café and Camping Ground had a turnoff a few kilometres from Middle Lagoon so we turned in and had a look. The people were friendly and we went to have a look at the campground. ... read more
View from Cape Levique restaurant
Gambanan Sunset

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome June 9th 2010

17th May to 31st May Broome Map We moved out of the motel and into a caravan park, ‘Tarangau’. This is a smaller van park but at the time we arrived there was plenty of grassy sites. We looked at several van parks, apart from Tarangau only one seemed to have a few grassy sites. We were looking for a quieter park. This is very well maintained and friendly. It doesn’t have a swimming pool and the ratio of washing machines to campers is a little low. If these are not priorities with you then I would certainly recommend it. There is quite a stroll to Cable Beach as there is no shortcut. In the beginning we had a few nights when it rained or sprinkled with some cloud during the day. This cleared as ... read more
Broome Movie Theatre
Worlds oldest operating picture garden

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome May 18th 2010

Sunday 9th May Hall’s Creek Decided to drive down to Wolfe Creek Crater. Thought we could go later in the day so that we could get some nice light on the crater. First we went and had a look at a rock formation called the China Wall. In the end left for the crater at 2.30pm a little earlier than originally intended. The crater is about 130km down the Tanami road. We did decide that doing that distance on the Tanami was sufficient. The corrugations, areas of stones, holes etc made the trip very slow as in many parts we needed to travel at 40km/hour or less. It felt like every nut and bolt in the vehicle was coming loose, not to mention our teeth. I thought they might rattle out as well! From the Tanami ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Halls Creek May 10th 2010

Tuesday 27th April Banka Banka to Daley Waters Left Banka Banka at 9am. Refuel at Elliott and looked for somewhere to repair the tyre. The tyre was too damaged with the inner tube having melted creating balls of rubber and the wall of the tyre bulging. So bought a new tyre. Stopped for the night at Daley Waters Inn. The pub (was the original farmhouse), is very well known for it’s ‘steak & barra’ special. When you arrive you book into the campground via the pub and you are asked if you would like their special for dinner. We opted for the barra without the steak, now also on their specials board. You are asked to select a time for dinner 6.30, 7 or 7.30pm, you then turn up at that time and your name is ... read more
Leaving Banka Banka
Replica Homestead
Daly Waters Pub

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mt Isa April 28th 2010

Friday 23rd April The breeze we had yesterday dropped so it seems a lot hotter today. Went out to the airport which was the site of the first landing as Qantas. Also John Flynn started the flying doctor service. Lyle spoke to 2 generations of the Bob Norman family on a helicopter flight from Cairns to Adelaide. Went back to the town bought a couple of things including new tubes for the lights, both lights failed including the spare! Looked at the Cloncurry version of a department store selling everything except food. From household goods to hardware & toys and every thing in between. They had just bought in a truck load of seedlings from Townsville. Not so sure how they were going to fare in the heat. Left and went back to Gilberts Park to ... read more
Green Tree frog has lost its way
Going to Mt Isa
After Mt Isa

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry April 23rd 2010

Tuesday 20th April Before saying goodbye to Charters Towers called into the info centre and chatted to Steve Caught, a friend of Lyle’s from Kuranda. There were a couple of activities on in or near the town. One was viewing distance education in action the other was just out of town looking through one of the old gold mining operations. We decided not to go and headed west. At Homestead there was no diesel so continued west. Tried to find the entrance to White Mountain National Park, went a few km too far so stopped and asked at the Torrens Creek Post Office. The lady in the tiny Post Office gave us directions so we headed back only to find that no unauthorized vehicles were allowed to enter. We had asked about it earlier but no-one ... read more
Pyramid Cliff
Porcupine Gorge formations
Porcupine Gorge hole

Oceania » Australia » Queensland April 19th 2010

Finally we have set out on our journey. Lyle & I waved goodbye to Pat at 10.35am and headed for Townsville. After much map checking, umming and ahhing we decided that if we wanted to get started we would have to go a different way to our original plans due to most of the roads in the North being closed. Stopped after Cardwell at Hinchinbrook Lookout and took a couple of pictures of the views back toward the coast. Called in at Innesfail for lunch at Café on Edith which was very efficient with great choice. The wet weather pursued us with occasional heavy showers until Ingham where gradually the clouds lightened with a stray ray of sunshine peeping through. Thus we traveled down the coast road through Townsville and onto Charters Towers. We arrived ... read more
Sunset at Charters Towers

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