My, my, my it's a beautiful world.................
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Since the last blog we have driven 2300km – Western
Australia is BIG - and we are not so far down yet!! We have done some long drives with varied
stopovers. The drive down the side of the Kimberley was good with a couple of interesting little towns on the way through. We have included photos of the drive.
We stopped at Fitzroy Crossing, an old cattle town which had moved position 3 times according
to where the new bridge was built (as the name suggests it was originally just
a crossing which often had to be restored after the flooding – more spectacular
photos of the town, literally, under water)
There was a beautiful Gorge there, but we also spotted a movie house
down at the old crossing, adjoining the old inn. The inn is recommended in Lonely Planet as a
place to go and chat with the locals. We
were encouraged by the fact that Fitzroy Crossing has a reputation for good
relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians – indeed the
Tourist information centre was staffed by indigenous ladies who were
exceedingly outgoing and friendly and recommended the movie house that evening.
So we went for a drink in the inn but sadly at 7 o’clock the locals were
already mostly beyond chatting with tourists, and by 7.30pm the shutters came
down on the bar and service was reduced to a small hatch. In the Tin Shed movie house (it was in a tin shed full of character) we were the only movie goers but they play the film for
whoever comes and we watched ‘The Wrath of the Titans’ accompanied by various
sound effects off stage and left at the end of the film to find some of the
previously mentioned locals passed out on the ground nearby
We also stopped at Broome
- everyone we met told us ‘Ah Broome, it’s beautiful, we love it’, so we
were prepared to hate it!! It was delightful! though I wouldn’t want to be there when it was crowded. Amazing turquoise blue coloured ocean. We stayed at the Town Beach rather than the ‘famous’ Cable beach which was rather like Woolacombe with bluer sea, better
weather and camel rides.
But from Broome to here – Karijini National Park we hit some
pretty boring driving – repetitive scenery along straight roads. It’s mining country around here – iron ore –we stayed at Port Headland, set up to export the ore (and salt) and serviced
by road trains and actual trains full of the stuff which is carried on endless conveyors to enormous ships. They are very proud of the port and there’s a little park where you can sit and watch the ships coming and going and see the port at work. And the dust is now even redder and seems to stain everything. But here at Karijini it's absolutely beautiful.
* Colin Hay