The Wandering Tops

The Wandering Tops

06 July, 2017

Back in Broome again!

Got an early start from Barn Hill and arrived in Broome before the post office closed to collected our mail, gave the van a bit of a wash to get rid of some red dirt before setting up. Was settled into our home at Tarangau Caravan Park by lunchtime and look forward to spending the next 2 weeks here, my goal was to get to Cable Beach every day. Love coming back to Broome and naturally spending as much time on Cable Beach as we can. In previous visits we had visited many of the tourist highlights so this time we could really enjoy as the locals say "Broome Time".

Met up with friends from Adelaide, Manfred and Netty, and were able to share Happy Hour drinks on Cable Beach watching the sunset, great breakfast @ Town Beach Cafe, viewing staircase to the moon and having a great Friday night dinner at the Fishing club.  Helen and I also visited the various markets, and checked out the Sun Princess which docked at the wharf for a quick visit. Went for sunset drinks with Con, a friend from Darwin, at Gantheaume Point and another day drove around Reddell Beach and Redell Point to the deep water port.

The weather was perfect and suited our beach bum existence - even had dolphins and whales putting on a performance for us one day.  Even though we were in Broome at peak season, we did not experience the traffic to be too bad. It is expensive but will keep returning as we really enjoy the Broome laid back way of life.

This was our backyard for 2 weeks, Cable Beach. Achived my kpi's and made it to the beach every day!

Drinks as the sunsets at Cable Beach, Helen and Netty
A rough lot of tourists, well the blokes anyway!
Of course whats sunset on Cable beach without camels
There are 3 groups of camels, red, blue and this is the yellow.
Was impressed by these bikes with fat tyres, ideal for riding on the beach.
Quite an attraction with 100s to watch the sunset.
More wine please!
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A large crowd gathered at Town Beach to watch the staircase to the moon.

My staircase to the moon photo
Lots of photos taken from every advantage point.

One of the boats at Gantheaume Point on sunset.

Gantheaume Point sunset
Interesting rocks on Reddell Beach
The Sun Princes at the Broome warf.

29 June, 2017

Barn Hill

Barn Hill Beachside Station stay is situated on Thangoo Station a beef cattle station in the Kimberley. The caravan park is situated on the beach and is part of the 50km of rugged coastline on the Indian Ocean.

We stayed for 5 days taking long walks along the beach to the furtherest point in the bay a 3km walk one way. The non powered camping area offers a great view with spectacular sunset viewing. The rugged cliffs offer some interesting rock formations.

Barn Hill also has a 2 lane bowling green which is repaired at the beginning of each season as the cows roam freely during the summer months.  Sat and watched a great competition going on one day - a bit too competative for me.

Hels amongst the Mulla Mulla overlooking the beach at sunset.
Looking back towards the caravan park, non powered back onto the cliff and powered to the right of photo.
The Barn Hill bowling green.
Sunset from our site between the other campers
Interesting rock formation on the beach at Barn Hill
Another pic of the beach from the caravan park. It's a 3km walk around to the LH point.
Sunset from the beach

20 June, 2017

Pardoo Station stay

Pardoo Station is about 110km north of Port Hedland which was a nice morning drive for us and of course a stop on the way for coffee at De Grey River, another popular free camp spot. We had stayed at De Grey previously but decided to try Pardoo Station this time.

Pardoo office and reception with a few essentials if needed.
Pardoo Station has 150 grassed powered sites with water and plenty of ablution blocks. The camping area also has a reasonably equiped shop, bowling green and swiming pool, what else could you ask for?

The sign on the bowling green says "Coffin Dodgers Bowling Club"
The pool, a bit chilly when you first get in!

Our site, green grass a bonus as do all the 150 sites.

We decided to stay for a week and just enjoy the warmer weather as we had been travelling since Adelaide and not stayed in one place for more than a couple of days, partly to do with the cool/cold weather.

We missed many beach sunsets while having sunset drinks with fellow campers.

Finally made it to Red Point for a sunset!

At Red Point as the sunsets over the mud flats

At low tide you can walk out at least 1km before you get to the water.

A little hermit crab making his way up the rock to his home for the night.

One of the many Shell Urchin Fossils that could be found when the tide was out.

Many come to Pardoo to fish, some stay for many months to enjoy the fishing and the climate, we were lucky enough to be offered some mullet by one of the couples which we really enjoyed.  You can either fish at Banningarra Creek about 18km from the camp or Pardoo Creek just 5km.

Barringarra Creek about 18 km from the camping ground.

This stingray got the boot back into the water.

A popular fishing spot on the Barringarra Creek

Enjoyed our stay at Pardoo, another on the list to return! 

14 June, 2017

Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park set in the Hamersley Range in the heart of the Pilbra, is one of my favourite places in Australia. It was great to revisit some of the gorges and appreciate the spectacular scenery. Karijinj is WA second largest National Park, approx 627,000 hectares and offers breathtaking gorges and stoney tree-lined water courses.

After coffee at Oxer Lookout we ventured down to walk Weano gorge to Handrail pool. What more can I say but enjoy the photos.

Oxer Junction Pool Lookout 

First obstacle was this water crossing - we watched with interest as the backpacker group waded to the other side.

Had to cling to the rock wall to avoid falling into the neck deep water - we did witness a few slip in!

A few trees in the wider part of the gorge

Gorge narrows as we go further in towards Handrail Pool

Foot placement was critical as we transversed the slippery rocks

Handrail Pool

Handrail Pool - note handrail on right hand side of photo which guides you down the rocks to the pool level.

Helen having a rest - note the white legs!!

Helen was not alone while resting - this little fella blended nicely into the rocks.

Circular Pool from the Lookout - Dales Gorge

Looking across Dales Gorge

Fortesque Falls - Dales Gorge
The next day we travelled past Wittenoom, a ghost town where asbestosis was originally mined and closed in 1966, to Hamersley Gorge. This gorge has magnificent colours and in some areas the rock appears wave like.

Scenery as we approach Hamersley Gorge

Having coffee overlooking the gorge - need caffeine before venturing down into the gorge!

Colours in the rocks and looking down on a pool

Half way down the steps into Hamersley Gorge

In the gorge

At the top of the gorge looking back at Spa Pool - unfortunately access to this pool is restricted
Beautiful spot in Hamersley Gorge