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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » 80 Mile Beach September 23rd 2016

Wednesday 21st September 2016 We left fairly early this morning, with the temperature almost being cool enough for a warm top. This didn’t last long, although at no stage during the day were we as hot as we had been. The temperatures are dropping as we head south. We didn’t stop at Sandfire Roadhouse, which we passed on our way to our destination today, 80 Mile Beach, as we had plenty of fuel and were only driving less than 150kms today. Caravan park fees are exorbitant here compared to other places we have been to with stipulations that you don’t use your washing machines or showers whilst in the camp, you need to use the ones provided. We booked in for 2 nights and set up camp with Marlene and Chris under several shady trees. We ... read more
Parked side by side on a shady site.
Parked on 80 Mile Beach.
Look, I caught a fish!

Well we are officially heading towards home from today. A little way off but heading in that direction now, south... But south or not it's still damn hot! We are camping without power tonight so its pretty obvious how hot it is! After an unrushed start we said goodbye to Broome. Our neighbours across the patch waved us off. That was an amazing family, a youngish couple with 6 kids and one on the way! They were camping too, one ordinary looking tent is all they had. A real contrast on some of the setups we saw, they were definitely roughing it! The eldest looked about 12 and one every 2 years after. Lovely family too. Very unusual these days! The road from Broome is the Great Northern Highway. There's not much happening, though, just a ... read more
The Great Northern Highway
The Great Northern Highway
80 mile beach

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 ... read more
Port Headland
Heading out of Port Headland

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » 80 Mile Beach August 16th 2013

All along the coast right up to Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park the scenery is the same, vast plains of low scrub, occasional trees, we are watching out for cattle, and now we see some wild horses. The Park is packed with tourists, and when we set up in the non powered site, no powered left, we go up over the sand dune to have a look at this famous beach. It’s an amazing sight! For all along the shore in both directions, there are hundreds of people lined up, all with their fishing rods in the water, waiting for the big one to bite. Others are combing the totally shell beach, for treasures Next day we try our luck with the rods, but the tide comes in and goes out again with no luck. I ... read more
Sunset at The De Grey River
Eighty Mile Fishing
Fisher People

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » 80 Mile Beach July 26th 2013

We stay at 80 Mile Beach for 2 nights, a shell collector and beach fisherman's paradise (I'm officially not a beach fisherman yet!). Matilda collects a bucket full of shells and Reuben goes about setting a record for the most hamburgers consumed at the campground hamburger night. Can't believe how much the kids are eating!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » 80 Mile Beach August 17th 2012

Days on the Road = 48 Days (6 Weeks & 6 Days) After a great night’s sleep we head off to ensure that we get a powered site at Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park as its first in best dressed, so I don't feel like going off the battery for three nights especially when you can't swim in the ocean there! We turn off the Great Northern Highway down a 10km dirt corregated road to Eighty Mile Beach and we were very lucky to get a fantastic site. After we setup, we head down to look at the beach which is just amazing, the tide is in and the sand is pristine white. We look left them right and all we can see up and down the beach is people fishing, what an amazing picture. This ... read more
Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park
Death Adder Snake
Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » 80 Mile Beach June 28th 2012

We are on our way to Port Headland. We drove for hours and then stayed at a place called Cape Kerauden. It was a no power site with drop toilets – definitely not my favourite camp spot but this place was right on the beach and very beautiful. The only problem was we couldn’t swim because of stonefish. We caught up with Sue and Boyce again. Boyce loved my geode experiment so much that I wrote it out for him so that he could do it. The next day we went for a big walk along the beach and I collected more shells to do experiments with. The next day we drove to Port Headland. This is a mining town and there were mines and roadtrains everywhere! We stocked up with food and snacks and diesel ... read more

We rolled out of Indee Station after breakfast and headed north to Port Headland.The temperature has been on the rise for the past week and it was definitely sizzling today. The surrounding mines appear to be the main reason for people to come and live in this town as every second vehicle was a company owned 4WD. Other than fishing there did not appear to be much to keep you around if holidaying is what you had in mind. Our primary destination right now is Broome and we have been travelling in that direction with a purpose since we returned to Perth; we have to be there by Wednesday (long story). The further we head north the further our destination appears to be from us. You have no conception of how big this country is until ... read more
80 Mile Beach (2)

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » 80 Mile Beach June 16th 2011

Thursday 16th – we were a bit sluggish getting going this morning but still managed to leave the South Hedland Caravan Park just after 9am. We weren’t sorry to be going and we won’t be recommending it to anyone else. Unfortunately, if you need to stay in town there isn’t a great deal of choice, hence the ludicrous price tag. We found out that the Big 4 site in Port Hedland was also full and the cost per night was a whopping $50! There were a few road trains around going in our direction (but still no railway trains in sight – not even on the crossing!!). After about 50 kms we saw signs to Pardoo Mine and that’s where the big trucks seemed to be turning off so we didn’t see many after that. The ... read more
It's still a long way to Broome
Good thing we were behind this huge roadtrain
Is this the latest in termite mound decor?

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » 80 Mile Beach July 27th 2010

HELLO!!! 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 ... read more
80 Mile CP
Sunset 80 Mile CP
De Grey Camp

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