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Published: August 7th 2010
Yeeehaaaa!!! We're in Derby for the rodeo!!! The last week and a bit has been really good fun seeing the West Kimberly from Broome north to One Arm Point and everything in between.
So in Broome we did the usual tourist things! We spent most of our time at lovely Cable Beach and saw sunset with the camels. We were also lucky enough to see staircase to the moon which is spectacular. This occurs a few days each month when the tides are really low and there is a full moon. The reflection of the moon on the tidal flats looks like a "staircase to the moon". They have markets down at the viewing place of staircase to the moon so we took a squiz and indulged ourselves in some dodgy market stall food! Todd was a little worse for wear the next day after his dinner choice of curry! Hmmm! I was taken out to breakfast at Cable Beach on my birthday down at Zanders! It was delicious...possibly one of the best eggs benedicts and it came with hashbrowns! Yum!
After enjoying a few nights in a a comfortable bed it was time to hit the road again.
We made our way north of Broome to Manari Rd and spent some time in free camping spots. We stayed at a place called Quandong and Prices point. Prices Point is beautiful with red cliffs backing the beach. The campsites are set on top of the cliff ...an ideal spot to watch sunset. We also had a stop into Willie Creek pearl farm..the water in the creek is crystal blue, however, a big cros resides there so we had to think twice before taking a refreshing dip. We also had a look at the pearls but somehow they don't really fit into our budget!
It was now time to head to Middle Lagoon located on the west side of the Dampier Peninsula! The road conditions were an experience to forget! So many pot holes and corrugations. By the time we got to Middle Lagoon the contents of our cupboard were in all sorts of weird spots. Not to mention spilt clinkers down nooks and crannies and melted to the sides of the cupboard. A handy lesson for our next journey. We spent our days here soaking up the sun and fishing. Todd caught dinner one night. After loosing hooks
and sinkers to the teeth of the long tom he caught 2 about 70cm long. We went exlploring to Mercedes Cove but found that it was no entry unless you had accommodation there. Instead we went in search of the Whale Song Cafe and its beach, but ended up down a private road and were instructed to turn around by an angry scientist from the whale research base that could barely speak english. She wasn't too happy! Whoops! I must add that the road to the cafe has a sign saying Whale Research Base and thats why we decided to take the other road! The sign posts around here aren't too good. Just ask our neighbours (Daryl and Co. - see Whats Hot
below) from Middle Lagoon that ventured into tapa's inlet. They took a wrong turn due to bad sign posted road ending up as they described as deliverance country with pigs and all sorts running around and were told to F@#%!o(MISSING)ff by a santa claus looking guy. Haha! We made it to the cafe in the end and had coffee and cake overlooking the beach! Very nice.
From Middle Lagoon we ventured up to Cape Leveque
stopping in at Lombadina and One Arm Point on the way. The coastline up this way is spectacular. The community at Lombadina is nice, they have a beautiful old church and possibly the most beautful beach I have seen so far. We also got some of their fresh baked bread which was scrumptious! We spent two nights at Cape Leveque, the coast up here is amazing. We again spent time sun bathing and snorkelling. We also had dinner at the restaraunt. We had the best seat in the house, uninterupted coastal views at sunset. Also a bonus, byo and free corkage! We managed to get on a scenic flight the morning we left and flew over the Buccaneer Archipelago, Cockatoo Island, Coolan Island, One Arm Point and the Horizontal Waterfalls. The view was amazing and lets you appreciate how vast the landscape is up here!
After Cape Leveque we went back to Broome to restock. We went a bit overboard with the food and now can't fit it all in to our cupboards. At least we wont starve. We are now in Derby and just got back from the rodeo and what an experience. We saw the bull rides
and got to experience the rodeo culture. We are off tomorrow to travel the Gibb River Rd for the next two weeks or so and further test the car on Australia's wicked corrugations
P.S. Cris just saw he first croc off the pier at Derby while some bloke was having a pee in the mangroves below.
Jill Tarca - Thanks for your Derby Hospitality, your back lane cafe was value for money, especially given you didnt have to pay for the fly in your salad. But really thanks for the tour! p.s I hope the tax man doesn't come after you. I take no responsibility for the advice provided.
Phil Glew - Todd says I'm a bogan - I don't mind the feel of dirty feet so much anymore and I have taken to wearing shoes less and less, will you still be my friend? 😊
Ian - Breakfast at Zanders was yum! But the saffron butter scallops at Cape Leveque were better, a must if you are ever up this way. Whats Hot
2. Scenic Flights
3. Lombadina Bread - even though it was burnt on top
4. Land of Pharaoh
Kebabs - Broome
5. Daryl and Co. Some dude and his wife (and a couple of there friends) that we met at Middle Lagoon and see everywhere. He's a lad and his wife is funny as. Their friends have a caravan made completely of aluminium checkerplate. Its like a mirror. Whats Not
1. Western wear at the rodeo.
2. Mosquito Bites. Cris is covered and the savalon (savalon = whats hot) is getting a work out.
3. The Cape Leveque Rd and its invisible washouts and corrugations.
4. Paying $10 pp to have a look at the beaches on the dampier peninsula (Whats warm = pretending to pay and going to have a look anyway)
5. Fruits bats flying above my head while writing this blog. I heard if they shit on you it stinks and burns...
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