A marshaling yard for road trains
Even though it is a Sunday the road trains still keep on moving in and out of Port Headland feeding the giant ships in the harbour and I am cautious as I drive through Port Headland which still has a lot of roadworks on the main highway.Once through the town the journey becomes more enjoyable and easy,passing the scene of our accident there is nothing to identify it and we are not even sure if we picked the right spot.That is all behind us now as we head for Pardoo cattle station and camp ground.When we arrive there is nothing to suggest that there is a caravan park here other than a sign pointing to reception,it has all the hallmarks of a cattle station with tractors and other farm machinery all around the yard.
Unsure of what we have come to we only book in for one night,next to the reception office is a restaurant advertising Sunday dinner looks interesting.We are directed to our site behind the farm yard and through a wire gate requiring an electronic card to gain access,what a surprise the camp ground is huge, well laid out and grassed.Within the camp is a swimming pool very
Leaving Port Headland and keeping an eye on the road trains
clean and inviting,we are impressed so book in for a further two nights and Sunday dinner of roast lamb.
The station boast good fishing reached by a 10k dirt track to the beach or a 4k dirt track to a river,we have a look at both and decide that the ocean looks the better deal.The fishing was good for me I caught a couple of salmon and a cat fish, not bad for someone that usually has little luck.Our time here is spent either fishing,swimming in the pool or just chilling out. The weather is now getting warm with temperatures in the low 30s , great three days.Our next destination is Eighty mile beach which was the last caravan park we stayed in before our accident and would be the place to put it all that behind us.
Eighty mile beach is a huge caravan park,well laid out with lots of space and good amenities. The site is reached by a 10k drive on a gravel road and is the only attraction there.The beach is reached by a short walk over the sand dunes or a short drive via a ramp to the beach where 4x4 driving is
allowed. This place is a fishing haven with the beach offering plenty of space for the many fishermen staying at the camp.Some people come here simply to chill out away from all the hustle and bustle or to walk the beach in search of shells that come in all shapes a sizes.
Our first night at the camp we had an ritual burning of the four photographs we had been carrying with us of the remains of our vehicles after the accident, time to move on.Out come the fishing rods and off to the beach to join the hoards of other like minded people looking to catch dinner. First day I used a bag of bait bought from the camp shop and did not get a bite but I did watch a few other anglers catch a feed.Second day change of bait and head for the beach again,lining up along the shoreline with all the other anglers my hopes are up on this beautiful clear sky day. Several bites and then I land a salmon the only one for the day but big enough for dinner. Jackie has been patrolling the beach looking for interesting shells and has acquired
Strange rock formations
a good collection,what to do with them is the next question. We also catch up with friends we have met on our travels and swap stories about our adventures over happy hour.
The days are warm and the middle of the day very warm with no breeze to mention of but the evenings are magical with the temperature dropping to the mid 20s.As the sun drops over the ocean most people on the site head for the top of the sand dunes or the beach to bask in the delight of the sunset as the sun drops behind the horizon over the ocean,cameras are clicking away in an attempt to capture the moment.
Time to move on again as we slowly make our way to Darwin to catch a plane to the UK in late June but first we have a couple of warranty issues that need attention on the caravan and we are booked into Broome to try and sort them out.We were going to bypass Broome having been there twice before however the warranty issues need sorting out so Broome here we come.My earlier blog entry about Broom including the photographs can be found within this
It is a cattle station after all
mixture of blog entry's which seem to get mixed up sometimes but it is there.We have no intention of engaging in sightseeing or taking part in any tours while we are in Broome so we will use the time to do domestic chores on the caravan and car.
We leave eighty mile beach with a good feeling having put to rest our memories of the accident,the stay here has been restful and we had time to be mindful of our good fortune.
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