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Apr 29, 2017 - Broome to Derby

27 April Broome to Derby Happy Birthday Sarah! Usual dawn chorus woke us, at sawn! We breakfasted and packed up ready to go and then had a quick dip in the pool to cool down before heading out. Wifi at Target to check emails then off on the road north to rejoin the Great Northern Highway. We drove for a coup,e of hours through mixed scrub then more open plains as we approached the Fitzroy River. Found our turning after a few attempts and followed a pretty corrugated gravel track to our campsite for the night at Langley Crossing. The...

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Oz and the Big Lap

Sep 4, 2016 - Derby and the Horizontal Waterfalls

Our first visit to Derby and we are very excited with our trip tomorrow to the world famous Horizontal Waterfalls - and it did not disappoint. What a magnificent area, what an adrenaline buzz shooting backwards and forwards through the two falls - the narrow one, we could only pass through at low tide as the difference in water heights either side can be up to 5 metres as it is only 7 metres wide. The wider one is just awesome crashing through at high tide!! Scenery was just awesome in both flights, and the service on the Bay was top notch....

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Jul 1, 2016 - Derby

Today has been a day of generally catching up with day to day chores and organising ourselves for the next week. Ian did take himself off to the wharf to try some fishing -a couple of bites this time at least, but alas no fresh fish for tea tonight! Another couple we met at the quarry on the first night we were there had given us a tip about a place to stay just outside of Broome. I rang the place and have been given the OK for tomorrow, so will head there first thing. The next thing to sort out was getting to the Horizontal Falls. You...

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Jun 30, 2016 - RAAF Boab quarry to Derby

After a final walk with the dogs in the quarry, we packed up, said goodbye to Anne and Jim and got on the road to Derby at about 10am. The road seemed to be almost a straight line the whole 200ks, The country was pretty flat and vegetation generally quite sparse. Apart from a change in drivers we didn't have any stops - mainly because there wasn't really any! We arrived in Derby about 1pm to join a huge line of vans waiting to book into the caravan park. We have finally caught up with the masses, was a bit worried for a while that we...

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May 27, 2016 - Friday 27th May Ngaman Cliff

Had a really great sleep and another shower after staying the night in the Derby Lodge. Before heading out we went o Woolworth's to buy a couple of pieces of meat and a little vegies, as we are still in the tent we can't keep a lot in the fridge, we have a water cooler that we fill up with ice, let it melt and that gives us cold water to drink. After shopping, mal filled the cooler with ice, it only took half a bag full so we offered it to a young couple that had parked next to us, they didn't have an esky so we gave it to an Aboriginal...

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2016 holiday

May 7, 2016 - Saturday 7th may

Waking up at midnight with splashes of water hitting my face, turning on the lights I heard the rain falling heavily on the roof of the bus and the water was dripping on the power point beside my bed and splashing on my face. I stuffed a towel in the corner of the window and thought we'll deal with it in the morning. On awakening on Saturday the rain was still falling heavily, I said to mal we are not organised to do the Gibb as we have to pack the car yet and be out by 10am. I went to the office and booked another night in Derby By the...

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2016 holiday

Sep 24, 2014 - Derby

We headed towards Halls Creek got some supplies and then onto Mary Pool where we stayed on our last trip. There we crossed paths with campers we had preciously met, Sue in the 5th wheeler and Nettie in the motorhome, both travelling alone, very courageous I think. There were lots of cows in the camping area which I like, some have very pretty faces. It was so dry and dusty there and the Mary River had very little water, we decided we'd only stay the night. Pete and I went for a walk out onto the dry river bed and around the camp area, I...

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Jul 7, 2014 - Ellenbrae station homestead

After returning from Barnett river gorge walk, I had lunch at the car park and then we headed off. We camped that night at ellenbrae station. On the way there I kept seeing funny little signs " 10km to scones and Jam and cream at ellenbrae" "8km to friendly hospitality" And so on. We drove into the station and the driveway had the usual rocky creek crossings that all side roads from the gibb tend to have. the homestead was set in beautiful gardens The homestead is still the original building consisting of rock walls to about shoulder...

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Jul 6, 2014 - Barnett river gorge

We stayed a couple of glorious days at manning river gorge campground. When we left I called in at the Mt Barnett roadhouse and asked the staff if it would be safe to take panda up Barnett river gorge. They said there would be no baits and it was safe. So we made it our next detour off the gibb. The track in had some very rocky sections and some people decided to walk in rather than risk their precious shiny, unscratched 4x4s. However it was no worse than the navy track to wedge so we drove all the way to the car park. The walk trail to...

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Jul 4, 2014 - The gibb

After getting back from the horizontal falls, I collected panda from the dog sitter, we got some groceries and headed up the gibb. I don't know what the fuss is about. I had been meeting people who said the road was terrible. One couple had blown 2 tyres. I was expecting something like the navy track to wedge ( although at the back of my mind I was wondering how it could be that bad considering they get semi trailers along it to deliver fuel to the stations). It is actually a well maintained gravel road . The scenery became more and more...

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Jul 4, 2014 - Manning gorge

At dawn panda and I went out to check the campsite. It was beautiful. At the bottom of the campground the river idles past a huge white sandy beach with big gum trees and crystal clear water. Strange bright red shrubs add colour. I later learned from a tour guide camped nearby, that these are called rosellas and are not native, although not seen as a pest either. Ropes are strung across the river so that people can pull themselves across in a little boat. The gorge walk starts on the other side of the river. I checked with the camp host and...

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Jun 28, 2014 - Horizontal falls

The horizontal falls tour was a real highlight. Because I was small I got to go in the copilot seat. I had to wear ear muffs which meant the pilot and I could chat, so I could ask him questions about the country we were flying over. The mudflats are extraordinary from the air as you can see the patterns they form. When we got to the archipelago it was beautiful with lots of high rocky islands. Most don't have beaches and rise out of the water in sheer cliffs. We did a couple of passes over the horizontal falls from the air. They are...

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