Seaside Paradise

Trip Start Jul 08, 2008
Trip End Sep 11, 2008

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Eighty Mile Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

We woke up early in the morning and prepared the van for moving on to our next destination. After  a short chat to our Rhodesian neighbours, Hazel and Peter, we drove out of the caravan park at 0745hrs. The trip took us through some very flat and dry countryside dotted with the now familiar red anthills, some wearing their hardhats. As we moved along the road we were approached by a convoy of vehicles with flashing blue and yellow lights. It turned out to be police cars and other escort vehicles accompaning a giant boab tree estimated to be 750 years old being trucked 3,200 km from the Kimberley region to its new home in Kings Park, Perth.
The ancient tree, weighing 14 tonnes and with a trunk two-and-a-half metres wide, is being relocated after making way for a realignment of the Great Northern Highway at Warmun, 190km south of Kununurra. The 14 metre high, bottle-shaped tree will travel on the 25 metre truck trailer, take up two traffic lanes and require police escorts before it is planted in Perth. The Gija traditional owners of the area decided to offer it to Perth's Kings Park, already a showpiece for native species, and farewelled it the previous Friday.

Soon afterwards we turned left towards the Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park along 10km of dust and corrugated red dirt road. We managed to acquire the last powered site number 124 and it was only just after 11 o'clock in the morning. We then proceeded to wash off the red dust that covered both the car and the caravan before exploring the area. The park is separated from the most beautiful and pristine beach by a small sand dune.  The campsite is well shaded with trees and a great place to spend a day or two. If fishing is your passion then a much longer stay would be in order especially if you had a boat which many of the other campers had. The next day, Thursday 17th was Mike's birthday which began with a breakfast of egg and bacon washed down with fresh orange juice. Then a couple of hours relaxing with a good book till lunch time consisting of a great fruit salad. At 4pm we went for a long walk along the beach collecting seashells as we went and then sat and watched a fantastic sunset. Our neighbours Pauline and Keith came across for a drink and brought with them a plate of fresh fish for our dinner which was the entree for the porterhouse steak we had planned for our celebration.
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miza202 on

wow. looks amazing

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