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May 30, 2009 - Broome to Derby

Mainly blue sky, hot, 31o The night air was a little cool in the early hours of today, so I thru’ the quilt on us. Our trip was only short today so we took our time leaving Broome. It was 9:00am when I pulled out of the caravan park. The road was good with quite a few caravans coming towards us very early into our drive. They must have stayed at a roadhouse nearby. The vegetation changed many times along the way from very green almost to the road edge to gravel roadside and tall dry grass. Some scrub land, but not dense. We sighted our...

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May 27, 2008 - Derby

We arrived in Derby just after lunch and set up for the night. It was our best drive so far, with all of the little campers doing the right thing. We listened to Jaida’s audio tape that she got from Grandma called Ballet Slippers. It is about three little English girls and by the end of it the girls had re-named themselves Pauline, Petrova and Posy and were speaking with plums in their mouths – very interesting when you are walking around the supermarket in Derby! Although tidier, Derby is much the same as it was 10 years ago. We spent...

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Sep 27, 2007 - Sandfire to Willare Bridge Roadhouse and Derby

Sandfire Roadhouse To Willare Bridge Roadhouse Our journey to Willare Bridge Roadhouse was quite uneventful except we misjudged our fuel usage!! We had been getting around 320 km's to the tank and the next fuelling station was Roebuck Bay Roadhouse, 295 km's away, so we thought we would make it with fuel to spare. What we had not taken into account, however, was a strong headwind, which knocked our fuel usage to buggery!! But we still thought we would make it! Then, 40 km's out, the low fuel warning light came on and as we did not fancy...

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Sep 26, 2007 - Karratha to Sandfire Roadhouse

Karratha to Sandfire Roadhouse Our journey to Sandfire was a great relaxing journey. Our original plan was to stay at Pardoo Roadhouse, where we stayed last year, but as we reached there around 1.30pm, we decided we would push on for another 140 kilometers to Sandfire. Karen and many other travelers had told us about this notorious Roadhouse but we decided to find out for ourselves, and get some experience under our belts. When we stopped at Pardoo Roadhouse, to refuel, Joan talked to a couple of girls who were traveling on a Greyhound...

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Apr 2, 2007 - Broome to Derby Western Australia 27 March to 1 April 2007.

Sylvia's comments. After 5 days in Broome it was now time to hit the road once more and our journey will be taking us inland. We are beginning to cross the top of Australia and there are two routes to choose from. One makes the long de-tour around the Kimberly, which is the remote land in the far north of Western Australia, to Kununurra. This route gives access to Wolfe Creek Crater National Park as well as the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park. The shorter route is the Gibb River Road which has 40 miles of sealed road and over 450...

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Sep 3, 2006 - On the GRR - Mt Barnett

Having done the hard yards from El Questro to Ellenbrae the day before, we coast into Mount Barnett road house late morning. The Manning gorge campsite is another 7km behind the road house, and has a fantastic lagoon for swimming. We meet up with the Kanat family who we had previously met in El Questro, and as a result the kids are ecstatic, as their kids are the same age. We had planned to do the Manning gorge walk that afternoon, however it is very hot and we have been advised it is long and not recommended during the middle of the day....

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Brown's Oz Trek

Aug 31, 2006 - On the Gibb River Road - ElQuestro & Ellenbrae

After our dance with fire, we head out along the Gibb River road which is about 700km long in total, linking Kununurra to Broome. The first part of the Gibb Rive Road is amongst the worst corrugation we have come across and with some confidence lost in the trailer we wonder what we have got ourselves in for. About 70km west from Kununurra is the cattle station/wilderness park called El Questro, which sits on over 1,000,000 acres, and includes an array of escarpments and waterfalls. It is the largest cattle station in Australia. We set up...

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Brown's Oz Trek

Aug 7, 2006 - Broome to Derby

Broome - Derby (220km) After finally dragging ourselves away from the creature comforts of Broome we hit the road and headed for Derby. Although it was a relatively short trip of 220 km it seemed to take forever, and the landscape was very uninspiring tuffs of brown grass and the usual smattering of road kill. We stopped to take a picture of an eagle devouring a kangaroo carcass. It didn't seem remotely bothered by our presence. We got to Derby and booked on a tour to visit the Windjana gorge and tunnel creek. There is another route to...

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Van rolling to Oz

Sep 1, 2005 - Onward to Darwin (Day 14)

We started the second part of our trip 11 days ago. Only five of us carried on from the last group (Shuri, Volker, Yves and us) and six new people joined. Aisha (27), a nurse from Canada, working in Sydney. Steven (29), a doctor, from england, just finished work in Sydney. Annemarie (21) from Holland, backpacker. Steven (old) from Switzerland, funny guy. Mike (29) from Perth, works in marketing. Hiromi (26) from Japan, very quiet. Our fist stop was the Boab Prison tree, where they used to keep aborignals that they captured to use as slaves....

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