Southward No! (by Lyndon)

Trip Start Jul 07, 2010
Trip End Sep 02, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Friday, August 13, 2010

Today marks our turn south onto the final leg of our journey, which was a bit depressing to think about, so we forgot about it. We started the day with a boat ride on Geikie Gorge. Geikie Gorge is a petrified coral reef. The gorge walls, now rock, were once coral on the ocean floor. The gorge is part of the Fitzroy River which is one of the last places on earth which is a natural breeding ground for swordfish, and they live in the river too.  As do bull sharks and a freshwater variety of stingray.  Salties are known to visit too.  This is all quite amazing since the Gorge is quite a few hundred kilometres from the coast.

400kms later we arrived in Broome and the first thing we did was head for the beach. After 5 weeks of desert, Symone was itching to see the ocean. The kids had a splash and left only when we promised a lot more beach action tomorrow.  After watching the sunset over the water from the lookout south of Cable Beach, we headed into town for some Barra and chips.

We arrived at a street with lots of little shops, some cafes and takeaway shops, and a rather inebriated woman screaming and wailing. The normal things you see in town. Her name was Rosie apparently, and a passer-by didn't seem disturbed by the display as it happened regularly.  We parked the car but before we could get out, she had plopped herself onto our rear bumper crying and wailing to a security guard (who thankfully knew her). We couldn’t move the car, so we quickly got out and scuttled into the fish & chip shop. The guard managed to talk her away from our car and called the police. In the meantime, it looked like she had collapsed so the police called an ambulance and they had to take her to the hospital. All through this process, I had to keep explaining to the kids what was happening as they kept asking questions and trying to see what was going on. An interesting introduction to Broome’s night life I must say.  But the fish and chips were good, so it was dinner and a show, when all we had planned on was dinner!.

Addition by Symone: Tomorrow sees us explore Broome a bit more and head back to the beach as well.  The coast is just stunning and the expanses of white sand and blue water a welcome change for our dusty red faces.  Broome is larger than I had thought, and is laid out quite oddly with bits here, there and everywhere, but the houses are lovely and the shops look so good after nothing but service stations and bottle shops!
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Son & Trúc on

So this morning I caught up from blog 25-36. Great read!
Man, U guys must be having so much fun. What awesome things to see and experience.
Yr Katherine-Darwin photo's reminded me of how much R & I enjoyed our Darwin trip.
When I read the name of the places U visit, a sketchy Slim Dusty song plays in my head. Kununurra....I'm sure Slim sung about Kununurra, (guitar twang) "da, da, Kununurra....da,da,da"(guitar twang again). same thing for Erldunda, Alice, Cooninda...da,da,da. The torments of a Country & Western upbringing continues. Noooooooooo!!! Make it stop!!
I digress.
Looking forward to living my holiday into northern WA through U.
ps.. That Goatee is coming along nicely. Having seen yr efforts so far, U so should have gone for the full on outback beard. Yeeeaaahhh man!

Minnie on

Excuse me but you have been heading home (south) since Darwin! (thats what I've been telling myself anyway)......... : )

Simon on

Well, I must say that has been a most excellent adventure so far. I'm sorry I haven't been following it from the beginning. But it has been a very enjoyable 2hr read today. I started in my lunchbreak at work today, and was questioned a number of times by my workmates as to what I was laughing about. I had been caught up in your descriptions and laughed long and loud. Then I was looking forward to getting home and finally catch up with you.
Thank you all.
Lois is up to #17. She will continue soon.
We look forward to travelling along with you the rest of the way. And we will see you soon after your return to Tassie.

Lots of love. Simon, Lois,Ezra and Ben

thefab4 on

Symone was wondering where your comments had got to. Hope you didn't keep the customers waiting too long. Look forward to catching up with you all when we return.

Nikki on

We have SO caught the travel-by-campervan-bug, that we have just booked our holiday! Now the painful process of counting down sleeps begins! Hmmm, I keep trying to tell the girls 6 months will go quickly, but they don't believe me!

Teressa on

Where are you guys going Nikki? It's a hard bug not to catch after watching what Lyndon & Symone have been doing, hey!

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