Trip Start Jun 24, 2008
64Trip End Oct 17, 2009
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We 're here now for a 5 day break from our travels.
We left Exmouth on Sat 4th April and drove East into the Pilbara region to see some of the natural wonders there. Due to limitations of our wagon on dirt roads we found the Karijini NP had sealed roads all the way to Dales Gorge so went straight there. The gorge is about 2 miles long with a dog leg bend near 1 end. Walls up to 200ft deep and pools at each end, 1 with a water fall. Both are safe to swim in so with temperatures in the high 30's there couldn't be a better incentive to climb down. We spent the day, 1st at circular pool which is set up against the high walls of the closed end of the gorge. The water is fresh sprung at a cool refreshing temperature. The pool was about 10 ft deep and the fresh water ran from the rock face above and trickled down constantly refreshing the pool
We made it into Port Hedland the next night to camp on the public slipway car park overlooking the port entrance.
Next day we drove towards Broome along the coast road alongside 80 mile beach. The guide books recommended this but all access was by 15 mile of dirt track so we chose to give this a miss and hot foot it to our easter destination.
We saw the storm clouds brewing up ahead as we neared the turning off the coast road to turn onto the headland road west. The storm broke just as the sun set and we had our 1st taste of a northern tropical storm burst.
On our 1st day here we drove to cable beach where we found you can take the vehicle onto the hard sands, so we spent a blissful day sitting under our awning in the 38 degree heat swigging cold ginger beer from the fridge and cooling off in the ever more distant water in the broad bay as the tide receeded. The sunset over this idyllic spot was the best we have seen anywhere in this world
In the evening we went to the 'Matso' micro brewery in town where we sampled each of their unique ales brewed on the premises. These included chilli beer and mango brew. They closed the tills before we asked to settle the tab and our card was returned with a smile and 'all the drinks are on the house'. A perfect day as I can remember.
On arrival at our camp site our hosts had placed us on the shore front plots overlooking 'Roebuck Bay' on town beach. This gave us a front row seat for the 'Stircase to the moon' natural effect as the full moon rises over the bay when the tide has withdrawn (1 mile out) and the sunset paints a shimmering stairway image across the sands from the edge of the bay to the moon above.
We have come 2000 miles north of Perth and we shall head inland towards Darwin next. This is our last stop on the coast of western australia. What a lovely place this is and what a fortunate couple we are.