We are now in Broome for a 9 day holiday … a chance to be in one place with running water, hot showers, grocers, butchers and even a barber! Broome is familiar to all of us except Hamish. Ingrid and I honeymooned here back in 1998 – although we were then staying in the 5 star Cable Beach resort! Ingrid returned here for trips with her parents and sister on a couple of occasions. Pre-Hamish, we also spent time here as a family. Broome feels like a place we could spend a lot more time in.
Approaching the halfway point of our travels!!
Day 63 – Sunsets on the beach in Broome
Day 62 – Time to say goodbye to the beautiful Whalesong Camp and Cafe … on the road south to Broome via the Church in the aboriginal town of Beagle Bay.
Day 61 – Whalesong was design with a hint of permaculture in mind … even the cool shower was beautiful!
Day 60 – Sunrises at Whale Song
Day 59 – Camping is all about the food … made even better in the Camp Oven!
Day 58 – A shortish and bumpy journey from Kooljamin (very north tip of Cape Leveque) to Whale Song Camp on Munget Land.
Day 57 – From Kooljaman we spent a day with Brian Lee – aboriginal leader and traditional land owner. Read more about this time with Brian here (by Lachie) and here (by Geoff).
Day 56 – It was hot at Kooljaman Camp and the beach was stunning for swimming and SUP’ing
Day 55 – The beach just below Kooljaman Camp …
Day 54 – The long trip to Cape Leveque’s Kooljaman Camp (via Broome for supplies). A windscreen shot of the soft and sandy Cape Leveque Road.
Day 53 – Barn Hill Rock Formations along the cliff
Day 52 – Barn Hill Retirement Camp. Fitting title with an average age 75+, this campsite crammed caravans, buses and campers in like sardines. Blessed with an amazing beach it was a good stopover on the long haul north to Broome.
Day 51 – Cape Keraudren … a day of fishing and chocolate cake straight from the Camp Oven!
Day 50 – Cape Keraudren … another beachside campsite
Day 49 – Karratha was better than expected. The Petroglyphs nearby were absolutely stunning and full of ancient, aboriginal history.
Day 48 – A trip to Karratha and yet another change of tyre pressures as we go from gravel and corrugations to bitumen.
Day 47 – A special surprise at the end of a long, hot walk. This sacred, aboriginal hot spring fed pool was like an oasis.
Day 46 – Mill Stream Camp right by the river!
Day 45 – As we travelled the Warlu Way from Karijini to Mill Stream National Park, we took slight detour and drove through the abandoned, haunting town of Wittenoon. Infamous for it’s asbestos mining and subsequent health impacts to miners and ultimately the demise of the whole town (ps. windows wound up and air vent close for this part of the trip).
Day 44 – Karijini
Day 43 – We made our way into so many gorges and the water didn’t get any warmer!
Day 42 – Our adventures in Karijini continue. This is Circular Pool with colours that were inspiring.
Day 41 – Karijini is magnificent! This stunning gorge is called Kalimina.
Day 40 – A big day of travel from Exmouth, across water crossings, through Tom Price and into a very wet Karijini National Park.
Day 39 & 40 – The big wet! We’ve combined these days because we were stuck inside a cabin within the Exmouth Big 4 Caravan Park. It ended up being a wise decision to abandon our camp at Cape Range … winds 50knots with 230mm to our north.
Day 38 – Cape Range NP @ Turquoise Bay. See that reef to the right of Geoff’s head? Well that extends all the way down the beach and the snorkelling was amazing. We even saw a large Green Turtle on this day.
Day 37 – Yardi Creek Gorge
Day 36 – Ingrid’s 40th Birthday Present
This was ‘the’ day – Ingrid’s 40th Birthday – that we had planned and orchestrated around the road trip. Everything went to plan including the close encounters with Whale Sharks, Orcas, Humpback Whales and the 2.5m Bull Shark at the end of the day! The weather was perfect and we are still buzzing.
Pic. 1 Ingrid (yellow flippers on left) narrowly misses an oncoming Whale Shark (8 metres in length) with Lachie (yellow mask) with a front seat view.
Pic 2. The slow moving, 8 metre, female Whale Shark. Just 1 that we swam with!
Pic 3. The whole boat sings for Ingrid …
Day 35 – We all headed out for a SUP at Coral Bay
Day 34 – Coral Bay is ‘touristy’ … but the beach and snorkelling was great!
Day 33 – Merv the Groper stole the boys hearts today off the jetty in Coral Bay. Merv is a local identity and 1.5 metres in length!
Day 32 – Today we left the most beautiful of stations … Warroora. The view looking west from the car window.
Day 31 W – A generous gift. The only other camper at Maggie’s Beach (Warroora Station) teaches our boys how to dissect and prepare our freshly caught Squid for dinner. Love these moments of learning and generosity.
Day 30 – A family walk on a cold and wet day to cliffs above Maggie’s Beach at Warroora Station. We are all beginning to feel free now … we are the only souls for miles around.
Day 29 – This is by far and away the most remote and stunning campsite we have enjoyed so far. Maggie’s Beach at Warroora Station.
Day 28 – The boys (without any prompting) built a fantastic fire pit and surrounding wall at our new campsite on Maggie’s Beach.
Day 27 – Getting packed up and ready to explore the next destination is always a great feeling. Saying farewell to a great week of snorkelling, surfing and hanging out with other travellers at Ganaraloo Station.
Day 26 – Stunning day, stunning beach … Gnaraloo Bay
Day 25 – Plucked up the courage and Geoff had the surf of his life at Tombstones … 4 to 5 foot and glassy offshore (ps. this is not Geoff in the image … taken from the carpark after his surf)
Day 24 – Kids find their snorkelling paradise in 3 Mile Bay Marine Sanctuary … on our doorstep at Ganarloo
Gnaraloo Surf Break that is famous … “Tombstones!”
Day 23 – Gnaraloo Station
Day 22 – We arrive to the wildest part of the Central West Coast and on our way to Gnaraloo Station
Day 21 – Carnarvan Agriculture
Day 20 – Goulet Bluff
Day 19 – An unexpected ‘gem’ of a campsite right on the beach at Goulet Bluff (just south of Monkey Mia)
Day 18 – The wind calmed and we experienced the intelligence and beauty of the Monkey Mia dolphins. Captured here is Nicki …
Day 17 – It’s bloody freezing way up here … the whole of the WA coast shivers in Antarctic Winds!
Day 16 – Monkey Mia … Shell Beach (below) and Tall Ship at sunset
Day 15 – The Brown Boys at Kalbarri National Park
Day 14 – The kids unwind as we arrive at Kalbarri
Day 13 – Packed up from Coronation Beach just before this storm hit!
Day 12 – Waves at last … Coronation Beach!
Day 11 – Hamish on BBQ duty at Coronation Beach (WA)
Day 10 – Mooching around the Pinnacle National Park …
Day 9 – Breakfast at Sandy Cape
Day 8 – Sunset at Sandy Cape … warmer weather and on the west coast of WA at last …
Day 7 – The Great Australian Bight (above) and the flooded ‘everything’ at the end of the day’s drive!
Day 6 – Point Lavatt Sea Lion colony …
Day 5 – Shadows on Murphy’s Haystacks near Streaky Bay …
Day 4 – Shop window in the Adelaide Hills town of Handolf …
Day 3 – A walk along the edge of the Coorong (Sth Aust.) …
Day 2 – Fireside classroom at Robe …
Day 1 – On the road at last …