UPDATE NOTES Days 65 - 70
Aug 18, 2016
West of Fitzroy Crossing is a gorge named Geikie Gorge, its only small but a short tour was well worthwhile as the photos will show. We had a booking for the caravan park in Broome where it is very busy so and that was hard to change so we had to add Derby to our itinerary to cover the days we lost by not going to the Bungle Bungles. Turns out it was closed for a week due to the fires.
Not much in Derby apart from a very big boab tree estimated to be over 2000 years old, a water trough that can water 500 cattle at one time and the jetty has the highest tidal fall in Australia and many many indigenous.
Next stop was Broome. There is a fair bit here but our whole trip was planned around 3 days here at a very special time. Once a month between March and October the full moon rises over Roebuck Bay, at the same time there is a low tide leaving exposed mud flats. The net result is as the moon rises the reflections from the mud flats gives the impression of a stairway to the moon, that was our goal and we made it. Also in Broome, Cable Beach is famous for its sunsets, the beach is divided into 2 parts, south for swimmers and walkers, north for 4WD and camels. We drove onto the beach most nights to witness the sunset especially behind the camels. An amazing sight and makes a special photo as well. Sorry we have attached quite a few for you to see. A visit to Matso’s brewery was also fun especially the tasting plate of 5 different beers.
We also went on a 4WD truck/bus trip to the north to Cape Leveque. The trip took 2 buses, the 1st one well she broke her gearbox so they had to send another leaving us on the road for an hour and a half. At least it had morning tea on board. Next truck/bus got us there to see some amazing color in the water, sand and rocks as well as a beautiful church with a pearl shell alter and a pearl farm. A long day covering 400kms 200 of which was on very rough dirt roads. We were very glad we didn’t take our car.
Up here in the Kimberley’s the rocks are red, the ground is red, the dirt is red, the inside of the van is getting red, the car is red, the inside of the car is red and we just won’t even raise the subject of our thongs, shoes and feet. But we are having a ton of fun.
And so we have more adventures to come in the Pilbara.
Love and best wishes
Mum and Dad,
GM and GD
UM and AA
Anne and Marco