Now that we have landed in Broome we have booked in for a week with stay seven pay for five deal. this works out relatively cheap considering we are 1km from Cable Beach. we are thinking of adding another week of the same deal but will see how we go. We aren’t doing a lot mostly beach then bed maybe watch a movie on the laptop. Hope you enjoy the photos.
In what seemed no time after arriving it was time to go but not before we took a last dip in the pool. Yesterday the temperature was not that cold due to the heat in the later part of the day but this morning that had changed to be a bit more fresh. Our next swim will be at wonderful Cable Beach in Broome.
Back on the road today with a bit of a longer drive ahead of us. Luckily we were up early and made good time with no issues. We eventually got to Halls Creek where we had looked at staying for the night but we read too many horror stories about both the campsite and the town. Looking around the town it seemed the reviews were spot on. We decided to fill up with diesel then keep on driving as the place didn’t feel safe.
With the sun setting we knew we would have to break our rule of not driving at dawn or dusk due to roaming livestock. like the old joke – if you get lost in the outback, follow a Kangaroo as they always know where the road is. Whilst driving we had to swerve round a mother cow with her calf as well as a Wallaby and of course Kangaroos.
We arrived at the Mary Pool Rest area in the pitch dark but luckily our spotlights turn night in to day and having blinded some people we grabbed a spot. The maximum is a 24 hour stay but we decided to stay for two nights. The temperature was still 40+ and as we were free camping we wouldn’t have the luxury of air conditioning but we did manage to move on the second morning to a spot under some large trees for a bit of welcome shade. wemdid pick up several peices of peoples garbage which we will dump when we leave.
Next day it was back on the road to Broome where we stopped once again for fuel at Fitzroy Crossing then it was the last few km’s and we arrived in beautiful Broome.
We decided to stay at the Tarangau Caravan Park which is a 10 minute walk to the fabulous Cable Beach.
The camp is not the largest but location is so good and the facilities are spotless. We made the decision to stay here for seven days due to a deal where you stay seven but pay for five. This works out pretty cheap considering where we are plus we have power and water, so we can run our air conditioner. The temperature here is in the mid thirties but later in the week will be close to forty once again. At least we have the beautiful water to swim in at Cable Beach. We can also take the Land Cruiser on to the beach and put out our awning out for shade.
From now on we will slow down as it has been quite hectic for the past six months. Now we have crossed all the borders to reach WA time will be on our side. There are so many amazing places in WA and we have booked a spot for a month in Margaret River for Xmas. We will stay at Olive Tree Farm from December 22nd.
Anyway more updates later from our Australian Travels and thanks heaps for all the likes & interest.
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After another hot night we we wake to a hot morning and the first rain we have had in months. Calling it rain is a bit of a stretch as it lasts about 30 seconds and what had fallen was immediately dried out in the sun.
Having scored a drive through site we didn’t even have to unhook the van. We only have to lock up and start the car before we are back on the road heading west to WA.
The drive of around 200km takes us to the WA border where we have to show our permits and go through the usual quarantine check before being allowed in. 20 minutes later we have crossed our fourth border in six months.
We will stay in WA for four or five months before we head over another border in to South Australia.
We drive on to the town of Kununurra where we head in to the local Coles for supplies then we have the usual frustration of the north and wes where we have to wait until 12pm before we can buy alcohol. At least its not as bad as the NT which was 2pm.
Now fully replenished we are back on the road and decide we need a nice place for a treat. One of the best we have been to before is Lake Argyle and we cover the 70 km from Kununurra.
It’s kinda strange being back here after four years. It seems the place hasn’t changed a bit and has retained arguably the best infinity swimming pool view in the country.
We are having to abandon our free camping purely due to the heat which is 40+ almost every day right now. The forecast doesn’t show it changing anytime soon. Both Max and ourselves are just about surviving by drinking a ridiculous amount of water. Luckily Lake Argyle has power and so we run our aircon on just about permanently.
Within the park there is a walk down to the lake where you can have a beautiful swim which we decide to do. There are 30,000 croc’s in the lake but all freshies no no worries unless you make the mistake of standing on one. This turned out to be a bit of a stuff up as my thongs decided to break half way down. Then poor Max was getting his paws roasted from the rocks and sand. When he got to the bottom he just sank in to the water looking like he was never going back.
I dived in and cooled off and Kaz did the same trying not to think of how we would one, get Max back up and two, get me back up without any foot coverings. In the end Kaz had to just grab Max and get up ASAP then wait for myself running up the hot coals to the safety of a sprinkler on a large piece of grass which helped put my foot fire out and poor Max’s paws.
Later in the afternoon we grabbed some refreshments then headed down to the pool area where Steve Case was entertaining everyone with his guitar and funny stories.
It was great to be kicking back as the sun was setting providing an amazing backdrop on the rocks and lake behind him.
We then decided to get in the pool and cool off once again before returning to Max in his air conditioned luxury.
In the evening we walked down to the restaurant/bar where we enjoyed a meal we didn’t cook on dishes we didn’t have to wash. With the sun already gone and a nice cool breeze happening it was a treat to be people watching whilst listening to Steve Case do his more adult set of songs.
Then having had a pretty long day we returned to the cool of the van walked Max the it was lights out on a great day.
Having enjoyed seven nights just outside Katherine it was time to move on.
We spent the day before sorting out our stuff (again). Having sold the roof top tent we could put one of our bags back up on the roof rack along with our Max tracks. Sounds pretty easy to do except for the 40+ temperature and me up and down the ladder like a burglar on a busy night. Immediately after it was off for a cold shower. It’s amazing now how many intentionally cold showers I have enjoyed whilst here.
We then packed up with only the van to hook up in the morning.
Next morning I walked Max down to say goodbye to the horses and give them a treat before leaving. It was then all aboard and back on the road again.
Today we will head west for 285km making our way to the WA Border. We will eventually cross over then stop in Kununurra which is a town we have been before.
With Kaz at the wheel we make good time and take a stop at the Victoria River Roadhouse.
We enjoy a wee bite to eat then I take over the driving and in no time we arrive at our overnight stop which is the tiny town of Timber Creek. runs along the river and yes the river has croc’s.
We book in for one night on a powered site again so that we can run our aircon due to the intense heat. This place has the bonus of a pool to cool off in and leaves us only 200km to the WA border.
We left Bitter Springs reasonably early but weren’t in any hurry due to the short drive we have today travelling to Katherine in the Northern Territory.
In no time we reach our destination, the Manbulloo Homestead.
This is a working cattle station just 12km south of the main town. It’s more of a bush setting with plenty of shade which we need as the temperatures have been around 40 degrees and are forecasted to stay for sometime. We booked a powered site to run our aircon or Max (our Border Collie) will have a heart attack.
The place backs on to the Katherine river but as usual you can’t swim in it due to crocodiles.
We will be here for 7 nights which is a welcome change. It also allows us the luxury of rearranging the gear we carry. We also made the decision to sell our rooftop tent as we doubt we will use it due to having Max with us.
We placed an ad in Facebook Marketplace and within the hour a lady from Brisbane said her hubby who works in Katherine would come and have a look. Later we received multiple requests and offers from people but Mark was first in and would get first dibs on it. He turned up on time and we opened the tent up showed it off and he bought it on the spot.
With Mark having no roof rack yet we offered to drop it off at his place. He then made us a very generous offer that when we drop it off he would supply a couple of beers and we could have a swim in his pool !!
We duly arrived dropped the tent off then had a glorious dip in the pool which was very much welcomed in the heat. We then had some drinks and a great laugh before we returned to the van where we left Max enjoying the aircon which we left running.
As we will be crossing another border in to WA we have to be in the NT for 16 days before we are allowed in. Meantime we have to go online and apply for a permit and detail all of our travel within the NT.
We completed this pretty easily and within minutes got our acceptance and border passes. This was great news as the only part of this journey we have booked is at Olive Tree Farm in Margaret River, WA. We will be there for one month in mid December, our first Xmas on the road.
It will be a wee bit boring staying in Katherine as we have been here before and done all the place has to look at and experience. We can’t complain as every day on the road is Saturday and we have lot’s of reading to do.
I also spent some time underneath the car with a hammer and screwdriver knocking out huge rocks of dust that had got collected up in Cape York. I will then take it to the car wash for a high pressure clean. I reckon we will be removing this dust until we hit a hard rain we have to drive through. As it is we haven’t seen rain for months.
At the time of writing we have three more nights here then we will take a couple of long drives with one stopover to ensure we make our WA border crossing date. This will be our fourth border through COVID restrictions in 6 months.