Post 83 – Derby

Ian Collard
October 6, 2018

Derby

 

 

Well the air-conditioner is not fixed. Short story is one broken pipe has been replaced but now need either a condenser of a complete new unit. Should be covered under warranty and parts should be waiting for us when we get to Kununurra.

Shot of the Derby Jetty at sunset. Was used to ship live cattle - perhaps still is.

Derby Dinner Tree

 

 

This large boab is referred to as the Dinner Tree. Drovers used to move their mobs of cattle to here in the early morning, rest up and have some dinner before pushing them down the long lane way to the jetty and loading in the cool of the evening.

Derby Prison Tree

 

 

 

 

 

The famous, or perhaps infamous Derby Prison Tree. I am not sure how often prisoners were actually incarcerated in the tree but this certainly was a camp spot for manacled mostly aboriginal prisoners as they were transported through the district.

There is a fence around it now to protect the tree from people climbing in and out.

Derby - Long Water Trough

 

 

The longest water trough in the world? Australia? Western Australia? The Kimberly? I don't know but it is long and can water up to 500 head of cattle at one time.

Used to be an important droving camp.

(Where's Clifford?)

Myall's Bore and trough

 

 

Black cockatoos at the long trough.

Post 82 – Broome

Ian Collard
October 5, 2018

Broome - van park

 

 

Apparently people come from all over the world to watch the moon rise over the wet beach in Broome. "Stairway to Heaven". "Stairway to the Moon?

While not the flashest caravan park or the cheapest we did have a prime location over looking the town beach. This shot was taken from our site.

Broome - Stairway to the Moon

 

 

My stairway shot.

Horizontal Falls

 

 

We had hoped to do the Horizontal Falls out of Derby as it is cheaper but these tours had closed for the season.

It is easy to see why the tours are expensive when you see the equipment involved.

Horizontal Falls

 

 

Horizontal Falls at the beginning of the run in tide.

Horizontal Falls

 

 

Later on with now a larger height difference.

Horizontal Falls

 

 

One of the choppers coming for refueling.

Horizontal Falls

 

 

Getting ready to taxi. They are Cessna Caravan Amphibians.

Horizontal Falls

 

 

Starting the high speed taxi through the gap before takeoff.

Horizontal Falls

 

 

The horizontal falls from the air.

Horizontal Falls

 

 

The large tides cause strong currents and whirlpools. I am surprised that with so much water movement the water is still so clean.

Horizontal Falls

 

 

Heading out fishing - One Arm Point style

Bird Flower.

 

 

Ann had been wanting to see these Bird Flowers ever since reading about them. Just as we were boarding the bus to leave Kooljaman the bus driver came on board with one. (I am not sure if you are supposed to pick them)

Beagle Bay Church

 

 

The church was built of local materials around 1915. It was decorated with local mother of pearl and other shells.

Post 81 – Eighty Mile Beach

Ian Collard
September 23, 2018

Eighty Mile Beach

 

 

We stopped in at Eighty Mile Beach for a look on the way up to Broome.

Not a bad beach is it?

Post 80 – Karijini National Park

Ian Collard
September 23, 2018

Karijini National Park

 

 

Karijini National Park is a park built around a series of gorges. The gorges are spectacular with large sheer sides.

Dale's Gorge

 

 

Climbing down into Dale's Gorge we were rewarded this view at Fortescue Falls. Then onto Fern Pool before we made the walk along the bottom of the gorge to Circular Pool. Then we had the climb out. It was pretty tough.

Asbestos band

 

 

The park is not far from the infamous Wittenoom Gorge with its blue asbestos mine. As this photo shows there is some blue asbestos in Darcy's Gorge.

Oxer Lookout

 

 

Still in the park but about 40 km away are another series of gorges.

Sadly next to this lookout is a memorial to an SES volunteer who was killed while performing a rescue.

Hancock Gorge

 

 

As well as numerous lookouts this area has some interesting and challenging walks in the bottom  of the narrow gorges.

This is in Hancock Gorge. The blue dot on the right wall is marking the trail. The preferred option is through the chest deep water. I scrambled along the wall.

Karijini NP

 

 

There are still a lot of different Mulla Mulla flowers out.

Post 79 – Parabadoo Resilence

Ian Collard
September 22, 2018

Paraburdoo

 

 

We headed inland again heading to  Karijini National Park via Paraburdoo and Tom Price. Both these town seem very much mining towns. The central areas green and well looked after. The houses not so much.

This sculpture "Resilience" is just outside Paraburdoo and well worth a stop and the short walk up the hill from the car park. It was a real collaboration between the artist and the community.

Post 78 – Exmouth and Cape Range National Park

Ian Collard
September 18, 2018

Ningaloo Reef

 

 

Ningaloo Reef is a fringing reef that runs down the coast for a couple hundred kilometres. As a consequence there are a couple hundred ks of coral lagoon.

Yes Lachlan there are sections where fishing is allowed and the small dot in the photo is a bloke fishing from his kayak.

 

Cape Range National Park

 

 

 

While we didn't get into the water we did take a glass bottom boat cruise.

 

 

Yardie Creek

 

 

Yardie Creek is at the bottom of the National Park. It is the largest creek system running out to the range and is the only one with water. (not fresh)

We enjoyed a nice walk with some rock hopping up to this point. Quite a bit of wild life including a rare black footed rock wallaby.

 

Tantabiddi Boat Ramp

 

 

This boat was moored in the Tantabiddi Lagoon. No need for a helicoptor pad when you have a personal submarine on board.

 

Whale Watching

 

 

We took a Sunset Whale Watching Tour. It was "better" than the one I had done out of Hervey Bay. We saw more whales and didn't have to travel any distance before we saw the first one - a mother and her calf.

Don't let the computer screen fool you these photos are heavily cropped, the whale is very small in the original photo.

Euro under car

 

 

The weather must be warming up. This kangaroo spent a couple hours in the afternoon under the front of our car.

Mildura Wreck

 

 

Right at the end of North West Cape - the entrance to Exmouth Gulf is the wreck of the Mildura. It was a steam ship carrying cattle to Fremantle.

Sunset North Kurrajong

 

 

The sun setting over Nindaloo Reef from the viewing platform at the North Kurrajong Campground. I wonder what all the workers are doing?

 

Post 77 – Kennedy Range National Park

Ian Collard
September 16, 2018

Kennedy Range National Park

 

 

From Carnarvon we headed East (inland) for a couple of days. We had wanted to head straight up to Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Reef but the camps were booked out. Kennedy Range was an unexpected surprise with the camp ground at the bottom of the escarpment.

 

 

Cobble Road

 

 

So you remember Charles Kingsford Smith the aviator? What about Charles Kingsford Smith the truckie ?

To raise the funds to fly, Kingsford Smith had a transport company based in Carnarvon. He was using trucks but because the tracks were so rough the trucks were having problems competing with the existing camel trains. I am not sure who paid for them but cobbled roads were built.

So before he flew across the Pacific, Kingsford Smith drove a truck along this road.

 

National Park

 

 

The national park is still pretty much in the desert. The gorges and water falls are dry most of the time with some seasonal rock pools.

 

National Park

 

 

Ann was happy to make it over the rocks to the end of the trail in Temple Gorge. Note the special head gear.

 

National Park

 

 

This is the honey comb erosion at Honey Comb Gorge. Couldn't get over the gravel in the rock face. Its about 3 or 4 metres above ground level

National Park

 

 

Lucky to get a shot of this "Dawson's Burrowing Bee" as it emerges from its burrow. They are so quick and unpredictable. There were a lot of them in one small section of the road. Rangers had placed rocks out to protect them.

Post 76 – Carnarvon Blow Holes

Ian Collard
September 16, 2018

Carnarvon - Fruit Loop - Blowholes

 

 

Along the banks of the Gascoyne River at Carnarvon are a variety of fruit and vegetable farms using water from the dry sandy bed of the Gascoyne. There is a "Fruit Loop" along both banks of the river which takes in a series of on farm stalls. This is how we did our vegie shopping for the week.

North of Carnarvon are the Blow Holes. I thought they were pretty impressive. Perhaps not as keen to get as close as this fellow.