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Sep 12, 2018 - Day 2

Wednesday 12 Sep 2011 Last night first night new mattress. Great sleep. Woke too early. Heading to Carnarvon. Glorious sunshine and clear blue skies. Went to look at Indian Ocean. Left 9.30. Stopped at Coles Express Geraldton for fuel Had coffee stop by a bridge going over the Murchison river. Also a camping area. Was quite pretty but water was stagnant. So a pair of black swans with about 4 cygnets, gorgeous. Stopped at Billabong Roadhouse 165.9 34.05l $56.35 There were 2 next door. One called Redcar the other the original Billabong....

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Sep 4, 2016 - Gladstone Bay

I took the dogs out for a game of frisbee and run on the sand flats first thing this morning then spent the morning doing a bit of housework, ie change sheets and towels, sweep and mop the floors- boring stuff. After lunch I took myself for a walk to the old jetty and walked along the rocky part before getting to the wooden section and finding out that it is well past its best and not particularly safe to walk on! Apparently the jetty used to have a tram line on it and was used to load wool and other goods onto ships. However, road...

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Sep 3, 2016 - Gladstone Bay

Woke up to a lovely day again after a bit of a breezy night, though nowhere like what we have experienced before. There are birds here that have an almost constant chiming call. It can actually get into your head like a stuck record, so I was determined to see if I could work out what it was. I eventually caught sight of one and I have worked out that it is a Chiming Wedgebill. Certainly a new one for me! Whist on my quest to find the bird (of course it always stopped calling when you were about 20 feet from it!), I found that there were...

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Sep 2, 2016 - Wooramel Station to Gladstone Bay Campground

We finally made it to Gladstone today- only a drive of about 60ks from Wooramel, so we had packed up and unpacked again before lunch! Unfortunately, it also looks as though the flies have followed us here as well- oh well, won’t pack away the fly net just yet! Gladstone is on the eastern side of Shark Bay and the water is very shallow. There is a huge sand flat out from our van which probably goes under water in the highest of tides, but as we are in a neap tide period the sea is staying a long way out from our camp. However, it makes for...

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Sep 1, 2016 - Wooramel Station

It is back to fine weather today, albeit a bit on the chilly side! Ian is feeling a bit better, but we have decided against doing any of the 4 wheel drive trips around the station and having another quiet day instead. I took Ruby for the 6k riverside walk again this morning. Once again, very enjoyable apart from the flies. I wore my flynet over my hat and face but foolishly forgot to put Aeroguard on my arms and legs! Luckily I started out with long sleeves so was able to keep them off my arms most of the time that way, but if you stopped...

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Aug 31, 2016 - Wooramel Station

The weather has changed again. We had some rain again overnight and rain has threatened on and off during the day. Ian has woken up with the beginnings of possible ‘man flu’ (I think young Jacob in Carnarvon may be the culprit germ carrier), so day has been spent pretty quietly around our camp. The dogs are still recovering after their long walk yesterday, so it’s not hurting anyone having to have a rest day. I have been for a couple of walks up and back to reception - mainly to pay for the camp oven dinner that is on tonight (it’s hard...

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Aug 30, 2016 - Wooramel Station Wooramel Station

An absolutely beautiful morning. We headed off with the dogs on the 6k Riverwalk first thing after breakfast. The beginning of the walk takes you through the stations ‘historical tip’. This is a collection of probably every vehicle that has been used on the station over the years as well as some almost rotted out drays - they obviously don’t believe in trade-in! There is also a collection of old washing machines, stoves, etc. The rest of the walk was really 3k further up the river and then 3k back. We were aware that there was a cattle...

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Aug 30, 2016 - UPDATE NOTES Days 77 - 79

Hi All, Leaving Broome we headed into the Pilbara. This was the start of a speeding up of our trip as far as kilometres go starting off with driving to Newman. To make days easy we decided to do the 1000 odd kms in 3 stages and doing 2 free camps, for the uninitiated that’s where we camp in an area which is not managed, no fee, no water, no power and basic if any toilets. Not bad ones either and at night with the moon not rising till late and no lights of any kind around the view to the heavens and of course the milky way is...

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Aug 29, 2016 - Carnarvon to Wooramel Station (about 120 k from Carnarvon)

We left Carnarvon about 10am and had intended to head for another coastal campground called Gladstone. However, when re viewing other stops in the area, the lure of warm artesian pools at Wooramel station beckoned! The camping here is beside another totally empty river bed, (apparently it runs 2-3 times a year on the surface but there is water underneath) but it is still a pretty spot. The station has set up the camping part of their business really well. Each camp site has its own fire pit and they have on site showers and toilets. There...

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Aug 28, 2016 - Carnarvon

Our 34th wedding anniversary! Had my very romantic husband (not!) remembered or realised? Of course not! Oh well.. anyway weather was much more pleasant today and I managed to get all the washing done that I couldn’t do yesterday. Washing line space was at an absolute premium today as everyone was doing their washing today. I did a bit more housework around the van, then after lunch Jacob talked Ian into taking him fishing. Ian and Jacob had a fun time fishing, and caught lots of little fish but nothing big enough to eat. Apparently Jacob...

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Aug 27, 2016 - Carnarvon

Woke up to solid rain this morning! I went up to the Saturday markets again and topped up on fruit and vegetables. Definitely very fresh and very cheap. The stalls had reasonable shelter from the rain, but I did feel particularly sorry for the Anglican church ladies who were managing the hamburger BBQ store as they seemed to be getting the worst of the weather. However, couldn’t resist bacon and egg burger for breakfast again and headed back to the van. It ended up raining on and off most of the day, so washing was put on hold but we caught...

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Aug 26, 2016 - Blowholes to Carnarvon

An absolutely beautiful morning with not a breath of wind-so made for an easy pack up. We stopped on our way out to say goodbye to Allan and Ruth- who knows when our paths will cross again?? The drive into Carnarvon was very uneventful and we booked into Coral Coast caravan park again. After we had set up I drove up to the post office to pick up some mail mum had sent onwards for us (thanks mum- it was quite exciting getting our first mail since leaving home!) and then when Ian went off to do a few bits and pieces around town (he came back...

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