Broome to Exmouth
30.07.2015 - 10.08.2015 32 °C
Thurs 30 July
We left Derby fairly early and had an uneventful 222 km trip down to Broome. except for the fog which was quite thick.
So uneventful that we didn't take a single photo
Fri 31 July
We had the car serviced this morning then went for a drive down to the wharf area. The shore here is very colourful.
We then drove to Gantheaume Point where a cast of dinosaur footprints which exist and can be seen at extreme low tide in the ocen nearby. The rocks in the area are magnificent. They were made some 120 million years ago and they stretch for about 80 kms along the Broome sandstone coastline. There have been more than 20 species identified.
It was lunch time so we went to Matso's brewery and restaurant. We inquired of George Bishop who is the son of our very good friends; Angus and Himomi Bishop in Nowra. George had been living in and around Broome for the past 5 years. George turned up just as we were finishing lunch and we arranged to come back and spend some time with him when he finished work. In the mean time we walked to China town and Hiroe spent some time talking to statues of a diver and some Japanese Gentlemen.
It was back to meet up with George and to have a beer.
We picked up Rodney a Lissie and drove to Cable Beach so that they could go on a sunset camel ride.
Sat 1 Aug
This morning we visited the Court House markets in Broome and didn't purchase a thing (except Lissie got a home made lemonade drink).
Next stop was the shopping centre near China Town where we stocked up for the trip south. No photos from this morning.
This evening we met up with George Bishop again when he was performing at a very large hotel. While we were there we saw the Stairway to The Moon.
Sun 2nd Aug
We left Broome this morning and drove a long way to DeGrey River Rest Area (530 km). On the way it was quite uninspiring,, in fact, around Pardoo Roadhouse it was very barren.
We finally arrived at DeGrey River Rest Area and that night Rodney took a photo of our car and van with stars overhead.
Mon 3rd August Day 57
We drove into Port Hedland and after parking and looking at the harbour faciity
we visited the Info Centre to try and get information about train times but we found that today is a public holiday (Hedland Cup aces) so we backtracked to South Hedland shopping centre for morning tea and to stock up the van for the coming 5-6 days in Karijini National Park. We drove to the junction of the Great Northern Highway and the North West Coastal Highway where we had lunch. There are a lot of road trains on this road.
After lunch we continued south on the Great Northern Highway to our overnight stop - Bea Bea Creek est Area. Along the way there were some very good scenes.
We had a lovely dinner outdoors with great views. There was a lovely ghost gum on the bank of the creek
Thurs 4th Aug Day 58
After a bgood nights rest we continued on to a refuelling stop at Auski Roadhouse. Everything is covered in red dust.
Took a photo of Lissie and Hiroe amongst a patch of Mulla Mulla flowers
We have started to enter wild flower area of Western Australia. After refuelling we drove up the escarpment to Albert Bognanini Lookout witch had magnificent views of the cutting we had just driven up.
We continued on to Dales Campground in Karijini National Park and after setting up we took a look at Fortesque Falls.
Then on to have a look at Circular Pool.
Rodney and Lissie decided to walk down to the bottom of the gorge then walk along the bottom to Fortesque Falls and Fern Pool for a swim. They thought that the return trip would take 2 hours but in the end it took 3.
Wed 5th Aug Day 59
We took Alyssa for a 2km walk this morning to Fortesque Lookout then after lunch we drove to the Park Visitor Centre .
Thurs 6th Aug Day 60
Departing Dales Campground we headed towards the Karijini Eco Retreat campground n(a drive of 70 km). On the way we were surrounded by magnificent patches of wildflowers, mainly mulla mulla of different colours but yellow cassia as well.
Some of the hills around here are magnificent red while others are covered in green spinifex.
We passed quite close to Mount Bruce which is the second highest peak in Western Australia - again it was quite colourful.
We finally arrived at the Karijini Eco Retreat and after booking in and setting up we went for a walk to have a look at Joffre Gorge and do a bit of photography.
Fri 7th Aug Day 61
Lissie went with Glenn and Yvonne to do a mine tour in Tom Price early this morning while Rodney left before sunrise to do some photography at Hancock Gorge. When Rodney returned at 11 am we went into Tom Price to catch up with Lissie Glenn and Yvonne.
Sat 8th Aug Day 62
This morning Hiroe and I walked to Joffre Gorge again but this time, as well as looking from Joffre View we walked to the top of the falls thenup the hard climb to the other side of the gorge.
Hiroe was very pleased to see Glenn and Yvonne's car parked at the lookout there. Glenn then drove us to Knox Lookout which was very attractive.
We then went back out of the National Park to Mount Bruce and walked out on the Marandoo walk to a lookout above Marandoo Iron Ore Mine.
Sun 9th Aug Day 63
We left Karijini National Park and drove to paraburdoo where we had morning tea. This is a very small mining town and being Sunday, everything was very quiet. We continued on to our proposed overnight stop at Beasley Rest Area - it was far too early to stop so we continued on to Nanutarra where we refuelled then south to a Rest Area at Barradale.
Mon 10th Aug Day 64
We continued on till we reached Exmouth at about 11 am where we did some shopping and had lunch before checking in at the Lighthouse Caravan Park for the next 2 nights. We passed the Naval Communications base on the way.
Most of the afternoon was taken up with washing of clothes etc since it has been more that a week since the last laundry has been sighted. 5 loads were done.