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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome August 10th 2019

I have been quite slack in writing stuff down so a few things are out of order, but you'll get the gist. The drive back to Broome was moderately uneventful. Just wanted to get in and set up camp, grab some tucker and some food. Actually, I think this was the day that Amy, Suz, Jen and Phil did the camel ride on Cable Beach. By all reports it was quite scenic but there were sore butts and legs all round. Went for a drive on the (Cable) beach this morning. Wow! Great beach with the most blue water ever, but missing that darker blue channel we were looking for just off the beach that might hold something a bit fishy. From there we did a little sightseeing down to the port (closed due to a ... read more
Cute little fella and Bailey (Cable Beach)
Waiting for the Cable Beach sunset

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome July 25th 2019

So tonight was a first. Had to dry myself, after a shower, with my dirty clothes. Outside of the boxers for head and face and the inside of the shorts for the remainder. No, I was not out bush short of clothes, nor was there an emergency. I was simply too lazy to walk back to the camp (60m) to get the towel I forgot. No doubt Bear Grylls would have fashioned a towel out of a local crocodile and a twig (or was that McGyver) but I was too tired to bother. Suz is not amused. Or is she. I'll hear later on, no doubt. Today saw a thing we have not seen for a while - bitumen. "Oh tarmac how I love thee". After weeks of corrugations to have 70km odd of bitumen was ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome August 13th 2018

This is the third time I've attempted to write this post. We arrived in Port Hedland and found an Auto Electrician to check the battery. Cost me $90 , and all I got was a couple of 30amp fuses and a bit of advice. Still had the problem with the fridge so found a fridge repairer. He pulled it apart and rang the supplier in Melb. They sent out a part to repair it. So after 4 days in a very nice wayside camp we come back to pick it up only to find out that it was some other problem which would cost a whole lot more to fix. Almost as much as buying a new fridge, which we did.. Spent 3 more days at the campsite as we needed to save up some money ... read more
Iron ore train Broome
Sandbar Port Hedland
Zebra Finch

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome May 26th 2018

It was time to say good bye to Derby. I had a quick cuddle with the French Bulldog across the way. His owner is travelling by herself apparently he sits up front in his seat belt and retires to the lounge when he’s had enough. Wilko has told me that a side effect of the gray nomad boom is the Windorah Widow. A female who has been married to a fellow gray nomad finds herself widowed. Once she buries Reg in the Windorah caravan park she discovers that she doesn’t know who to couple up the caravan and is now destined to spend the rest of her life in the Windorah caravan park 500m from Reg’s grave. At least that’s one less vanner on the highway. Becs and I popped in to the Norvall gallery in ... read more
Lovely wife lovely sunset
Outdoor advertising in Broome
Italian waitress

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome September 23rd 2016

Thursday 15th September 2016 Today we revisited Kununurra. We drove to the town centre and then looked through the aboriginal art centre, the outdoor camping shops, the Argyle diamond shops, Coles, and any other that we came across. Not a lot seemed to have changed since we did the same 5 years ago. There is now a new self-serve diesel pump available for public use just out of town and we took advantage of the 15 cents/litre price difference to the town outlets. The afternoon was spent in the resort pool, where we were joined by several of the campers adjoining us. The temperature of the pool water was perfect and with the shade-cloth sails above the pool, it made for a pleasant dip in-between reading our books. Friday 16th September 2016 Today we decided to ... read more
Sunset over Lake Kununurra
Jabiru
Must be washing day - Kununurra

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome August 19th 2016

Wow, well we have done soooo much stuff since I last blogged I have got a lot to tell you. I will do it in 2 blogs so this is part 1 last day in Broome plus I added some photos of the Sun picture house. So our last day in Broome we splashed out lots of money to do the seaplane horizontal falls tour. Basically we took a seaplane from Broome airport that flew low level up to Beagle Bay and then all across the Dampier peninsula up to the fixed jetty complex in a bay in Cyclone Creek. We flew over many humpback whales and also took a low pass over the horizontal falls before landing on the water and docking at the base. This base was a mixture of Thunderbirds Tracey island and ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome August 6th 2016

So this blog has no photos. I will tell you why later and then we will have a brief pause to mourn.So we arrived at Karijini earlyish and still the campground was full! This was annoying and then we found the overflow campground. This was a free for all, no layout place. It also featured an assortment of Winibago type motor homes that make me think the circus has come to town.So we found a corner and set up the swags, we had a lovely outlooks of caravans. No campfires meant a dull evening and an early night and I was lulled to sleep by generators.Everyone seemed to wake up at 5:30 to start packing up and race to the queue to get into the proper campground. Having looked at it we decided to forget it, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome June 28th 2016

Those of you who are REALLY switched on will soon notice that this post comes quite some time after the last one! I think this year that I would like to get back in to this Travelblog thingo and I'm not working during the middle of this year as I have done since 2007. Therefore, I find myself having to get a few things done and having to get a lot of extra things done which come along at all sorts of different times. Basically, the main purpose of this post is just to remind myself of how the things such as the RSS feeds are. As a kind gesture, I share with you all some photos from the first half of this year which include a few from my trip up here and also in ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome May 18th 2016

Five fab days on the Dampier Peninsular. After two days in Broome we headed to Middle Lagoon for a night, then on to Kooljaman Resort (Cape Leveque) for four nights. Unfortunately our camper battery (number four in the last five years) died on us, so we had to turn the Waeco into an esky, but that kept the beer and wine cold, and that was all that mattered. Our stay included a flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago and Horizontal Falls, but because it was neap tides, the falls were not flowing.... read more
Cape Leveque
Cape Leveque
Cape Leveque

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome May 11th 2016

Split-arse journey from Onslow to Broome. Left Onslow at 5:40pm Monday (not far ahead of the sunset) and blasted through to Karratha where I had to stop and clean the bugs off the windscreen. Had intended to make it past Port Hedland (550km) before stopping, which would have put me about halfway to Broome, but the hoppers (kangaroos) and cattle were too thick both on and to the sides of the road. Pulled in after Yule River (about 40km short of Hedland) for the night at 11:40pm (after five hours at the wheel) and then pushed off again at 5:45am and drove the remaining 6.5 hours to Broome, arriving at 12:15pm. From about Pardoo onwards the south-easterly picked up and had reached about 30 knots by the time I got to Broome. (Sucked the fuel gauge ... read more
Mr Percival ready to take a pounding from the Broome winds.
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