The long drive to Broome...

Trip Start Jun 28, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I just need to give a small mention for an idyllic spot! After Karijini we stayed at a cattle station called 'Indee' that we had read about. A short detour off the highway and we arrived at the homestead where the owner Betty treated us like family. We asked for a tent site and then she asked us if we'd like a cuppa! Also, we were told that there was a BYO drink happy hour in the homestead from 5.30pm where Betty provides platters of nibbles for all the campers! - A chance for all the travellers to share stories with each other! How cute!
This place was much better than staying on a caravan park. It was peaceful, homely and welcoming. Lovely for an overnight stay!

We then had a bit of an 'admin' day in Port Hedland and thank God that was all we had to do! A large industrial town encircled with mines means that even though there is literally nothing appealing about this place, it is a very wealthy town! Hmmm.

Cruising along the north coast a little further was quite tedious, with very little to look at apart from dragonflies darting across the sky and majestic eagels eyeing up their prey from above. However, one short section seemed to have a large population of cute little wallabies!
Our next overnight stop was at Anna Plains rest area, a free and unofficial camping area recommended to us by Dallas and Rob (a couple of caravanners we met at Indee) who said they'd be staying there on the same night. When we showed up Dal and Robbo had already got a campfire roaring! They also had a home-made wood-burner made out of an old gas cannister that was perfect for cooking tea on! They insisted we made our chicken stew on it! Robbo soon cracked open a few home-brew beer stubbies for Sean who has now been inspired to produce his own beer! Ha!
We had such a lovely evening with this kind couple and we now know where to look for good wood to start our own fires!

Next stop was at 'Barn Hill' station but sadly I think we'd been spoilt at Indee and when we arrived it could have just been a normal caravan park - the location was good however, right by the beach!
So then it was time to actually go to Broome - once I understood how to use 'cruise-control' - yes Trevor has cruise control - I drove to give Sean a rest! We arrived nice and early and noticed a change in the climate straight away. Not only did the weather feel tropical but all the plants and the surrounds looked like they'd come straight out of South East Asia! We went to the famous Cable Beach for a swim and a sunbathe. The sand was gorgeous and white and the water was actually warm enough to swim in! We went out at night for a few drinks and although there wasn't loads of places to choose from we had got in touch with two German backpackers who worked in Ceduna that were in Broome too so it was good to see them!

This is the start of the 'Top End' of Australia and we like what we see - it also makes a difference that it's the Dry season - waking up to pleasant sunshine and going to bed when it's cool and balmy :-)
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