Post 83 – 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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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.