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Published: July 27th 2010
We haven't been able to get a powered site for a while so we should first apologise for the lack of updates. Since our last blog we have traveled from Point Samson (just north of Karratha) to Broome searching for sandy beach beaches to relax on after a week of walking gorges. Unfortunately when locals say they have sandy beaches, this usually means they have a rocky coast with a couple of sand patches that you can just fit a couple of towels on OR "sandy" tidal flats. None-the-less we saw a lot of coastline and stayed in some pretty sweet spots.
The first night after Point Samson we headed for a place called Balla Balla which is a free camping area on a small creek. Well....the creek was dry, the wind and dust were blowing and there was no dunnies or shade so we bailed. Next possible spot was the Yule river rest stop, another free spot on a river. Again, no dunnies even though all our books told us there were and it was a bit of a dust bowl. OK. One place left so it better be good and it was. The De Grey rest area
on the De Grey River is wicked. Although it didn't have any dunnies we didn't really care. The camping area goes for ages and it was pretty full with campers who seemed to have been there a while. As we were driving in we frightened the shit (literally) out of some old bloke who thought he had found a nice quite area to go to the loo on his chair-like toilet. Little did he know there was a track about 20m away with knee-high scrub surrounding him. I gave him a wave but I think he was concentrating on other things haha. Anyway, wicked spot to camp for the night if you are ever up this way. Grassed sites, paperbarks, you're allowed fires and best of all it is free.
After the De Grey we continued looking for sandy beaches and found nothing to wet our appetite so we pushed on past Port Headland and stayed at the 80 Mile caravan park. Nice place but full of oldies (AGAIN). The beach here is nice but we didnt go for a swim. Guys were catching a few small sharks off the beach and the water was pretty silty (Perth beaches
have made us fussy). There were heaps of shells washed up on the beach so I (Todd of course) collected a few of the rarer looking ones and spent the days trying to work out what they were. Yes, CZM staff laugh all you want but this little fish boy is in his element (still ticking off bird and shell species daily hahaha).
We had heard of two places called Port Smith and Barn Hill that were meant to be pretty good so we headed further North to check them out. Both are working stations that have extensive caravan parks on them. Port Smith was further south and we stayed here for 2 nights. The beach here was nice at low tide and provided some pretty good fishing. I got to wet a line on the second day and hooked a 60cm threadfin salmon on just my third cast (Carlin- the gold bomber is a legend). Some people had told us that they are what you fish for up here and they are meant to pretty nice but they were wrong (again, maybe I have been spoiled with nice fish all my life). It was full of bones and
tasted like the smell of mangroves. After almost choking on the bones we listened to a really good band from the local aboriginal community. It was a pretty funny atmosphere. What I imagine a hootenanny (dunno the spelling but a country shindig type thing haha) would be like. Next was Port Smith and again OLD PEOPLE!!!! OK I knew when we embarked on this trip that we would see a lot of "grey nomads" but from travelling to exmouth, coral bay, esperance etc last year I also knew I would see a lot of younger travelers as well. I dunno what has happened in the last 12 months but it has all changed. We struggled to name our trip but it is now called "Todd and Cris's Retirement Village tour of Australia" and just to be cool and fit in like all the oldies we were thinkin of getting a sticker to tell everyone hahaha. Digressed a little but all up Barn Hill has to be my favourite place so far. The beaches were magic and it only took a five minute walk to get out of walking distance from 99.9% of the other caravan park guests and find a
beach with no one on it. We ended up staying here for three nights as it was only $15 a night.
That almost bring us up to where we are at the moment chilling at Belinda (Janear's friend) and Scotty's apartment in Broome. It is the sickest place right in town. Broome is really cool and there are young people to talk to. We have one more night here and then moving on to some random beach camps north then making our way up to Middle Lagoon for four nights and Cape Leveque for two nights. Hopefully I can get some fishing in and catch dinner.
Mum and Dad- Had a beer with Mr Hepburn (sorry, Rob, apparently I'm not allowed to call him Mr Hepburn around his mates cos it makes him look old hahah) and Beth last night and I am going to catch up with Nat in Brisbane when we are there.
Carlin- Gold Bombers are sick.
Janear- I shaved my hair off and have a beard. Just in time for the wedding. YIPPEE
Matt and Mark Aggey- Lee Kum Kee is JOY!!! Get it into ya!!!!
Hooki n Deeds- the
can opener is so smooth we didnt think it was working but i think i could use the cut lid to shave (not going to happen) its that sharp. Cheers.
Bob and Jane- Rock platforms are average compared to Ningaloo but have found some cool cowries washed up. You have got me addicted to bird watching and Cristina hates it.
Whats hot and whats not- Port Samson to Broome HOT
-my CJ tan
-bel n scotty's place
-De Grey Campsite
-Barn Hill beaches and sunsets WHATS NOT
-other dudes CJ tan
-not seeing someone under 45 in 10 days (OK old people are cool but I wasn't ready for it just yet. Give me another 40 years)
-$6.50 bread loaf
-threadfin salmon bones
-full drop toilets (OK these should probably go first. We have seen some bad ones but those that are full to about 30cm from the top of the toilet seat are no-go zone/camps. Move on notice)
Tot: 0.058s; Tpl: 0.017s; cc: 10; qc: 52; dbt: 0.0118s; 1; m:saturn w:www (22.214.171.124); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb