Trip Start Dec 01, 2006
69Trip End Aug 01, 2011
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Barn Hill Station
Heaps of dramatic red gorges, waterfalls, and walking trails, some resembling goat tracks.
We climbed up and down as many as we could.
People were swimming in all the water holes, Handrail Pool, Fern Pool, Circular Pool, it was a bit cold for us in the water.
The temperatures during the day were in the high 20's, but it was very cool at night down to 14-15 deg. I reckon the water temperature was below 10 deg. as the water doesn't get any sunlight at all, it just leaks down through the rocks.
Luckily the road into the camping ground was sealed, because none of the other roads were and they were so badly corrugated it shook our Landie badly.
After Karijini NP we found our way to Port Hedland. This is where things start getting expensive. Diesel is $1.40 per lt. and 1 night in a van park is $40+. We have to buy the fuel, but we can decide not to stay in an expensive van park. So consequently we are always on the lookout for a freebie camp site. It is quite easy to get our water tank filled up (200 lt) if we buy fuel from the same place.
We did a big grocery shop at South Hedland, which has a very good shopping mall - even if they close on Sat. afternoon and Sundays.
We are now heading for Broome, but we have been told of some good free camp sites, the first was on the De Grey River rest area. When we got there at 3pm there were about 30 vans, trailers, buses, 5th wheelers there. One of the most popular sites we have seen. There are some nice shady spots near the river, but we need to have the sun for our solar panels so we needed to stay away from the trees. There are lots of others just like us - needing solar power. We were close to the road and thought we might hear the road trains during the night, but we heard nothing. Good sleeping weather
Tonight we are about 100+ kms from Broome on Barn Hill Station. We were told about this spot by friends, so we decided to investigate. It is 9 kms from the front gate on Highway 1, along another corrugated road. Only this time we had our wheeler hooked on, so we slowly made our way in. We saw about 5-6 other cars, vans, trailers leaving, so thought we would be able to fit in. We also rang the owners just to make sure there was room for us. It would be no good driving all that way in to be told we can't fit. By the time we got in we were gob smacked. There are about 160 camp sites here, 100 are powered (all booked out) and the other 60 are unpowered. People everywhere, with kids, dogs, boats, etc. A short walk to the beautiful beach, with lots of people in swimming - a bit warmer than the gorge water. They have just had a Sunday Roast dinner, 3 courses for $16, and a local aboriginal band is playing for them. You need to book yesterday for the roast dinner, so we have missed out there. This costs between $15-$20 per night depending on power and views. This has to be one of the best spots we have been too.
We are here for a couple of days, then will head towards Broome. We have been told van parks are $44+ up there.
Hopefully we can get outselves organised and leave our wheeler near Broome somewhere and take our camping gear and go up to Cape Leveque.