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Sep 15, 2018 - Day 5 15 Sept

8.22, hot, sunny but a cool wind. Only heading to Port Hedland today so a short trip,of about 120kms. Going to be 34 deg. Even Gerry has put his shorts on. Didn’t get too far as Gerry was concerned about the roof clips not holding, so stopped at a rest area, put the roof up and then down again to try and line up the clips and brackets better. Unfortunately, one bracket flew off under the strain when GD tightened it too much. Took him half an hour to get old rivers out and put new ones on. Still managed to get to Port Hedland around 10.30....

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Sep 14, 2018 - Day 4 Friday 14 Sept

Up and ready to go 7.45am. Clear skies and the sun is up. Should get to Karratha or just past. Probably another 5hr day. Stopped at Nanutarra RH for fuel $189.9, and magnum ice creams $6. OMG we’ve just seen someone riding a bicycle, in this heat and on these long roads! Made pit stop at Robe river for m. Tea. Finally reached Whim Creek pub where we booked in for the night $20 for a powered site, no water. Had a drink in the pub and then went back to the van to put the air con on - lovely.

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Sep 13, 2018 - Day 3

after 6 hours on the road yesterday we were both a bit tired and were in bed by 7.30. We had a good nights sleep with only a couple wake-ups and were ready to go by 8.00am. The sky is again blue and clear and though a bit cool at 8deg looking forward to a high of 26. Heading towards Karratha now but as it’s over 600kms will have to stop overnight. Topped up with fuel. Fuel stop at miniylya rh. Had to wait 20 mins for slow bowser to fill 2 in front of us. Oh no just nearly collected a daddy emu and his babies. Great driving on GDs part....

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Apr 13, 2017 - Karratha

12 April - Karratha Despite the very hot day, the temperature dropped during the night so we had a decent nights sleep, it was quite cool at dawn. Whole bunch of galahs greeted us as we emerged, mind you they had made a lot of noise earlier to wake us! Breakfast and clothes washing, sorting out the heap of stuff from the car, while we waited for the auto electrician to arrive. A really nice guy turned up, made an excellent job of the electrics, checked it all worked, though he had to replace a fuse. We talked about the battery and he...

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Oz and the Big Lap

Apr 13, 2017 - The Warlu Way (Karijini NP to Karratha)

10 April - The Warlu Way (Karijini NP to Karratha) What a noisy night, a small group of grey nomads were laughing and shouting 'till late, despite the efforts of their neighbours to quieten them. When we mentioned it to the wardens this morning they hadn't heard anything and they were only a few metres away! Anyway, we weren't keen on the campsite, the bushfire had left it stark and barren, so we packed up and left. Back to the Warlu Way and on to the Great Northern Highway through part of the Munjina Gorge (there was a great lookout way...

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Oz and the Big Lap

Jul 29, 2016 - 40 Mile Beach

Woke up to another fine sunny day, but thankfully much less wind than we have had the last few days. We took the dogs down to the beach for a run after breakfast. The tide was well on its way out and it was possibly almost a kilometre to the actual water line. Ian went for a walk over the tidal flat towards the water line and the dogs went with him-then kept going and going and going as they chased a flock of birds. They went that far that we almost lost sight of them! Just as well there was no-one else around to witness our totally...

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Jul 28, 2016 - Cleaverville to 40 mile beach (about 40k SW of Karratha)

Just as well we packed up our awning and shade panels last night because the wind was howling this morning. It was quite hard to pack the few things we had left-we gave up trying to fold up the apron from our shade room that we use to cover the wheel area of the van and just threw it into the van in the end. We didn't travel far today when we finally hit the road. After stopping at Karratha Information Centre to top up with water we only drove about another 40k to 40 mile beach. It is set up very much like Cleaverville with lots of space...

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Jul 27, 2016 - Cleaverville

Very quiet day today and spent pretty well the same as yesterday. We did drive into Roebourne to do another load of washing and while it was washing, drove up to Woolies in Wickham to pick up some more groceries. If anyone should be wondering if I ever use the washing machine in the van, well the answer is very definitely yes. However, I can only use it when we are connected to power and water such as when we are in a caravan park. Back at camp I had to fight the wind to hang the washing out, but at least it dried quickly! Ian went and...

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Jul 26, 2016 - Cleaverville

Another very pleasant day not doing very much at all. After taking the dogs for a walk I had a restful morning reading. This being able to buy a book while you're sitting in your chair in the sun is definitely the way to go ( though could be dangerous! ). Ian wandered back and forward down to the beach to try some fishing, but the fish have definitely stopped biting. We had a bit of excitement just after lunch when some newcomer to the camp area towing a full sized van decided they were going to camp on the beach just down from us. Ian and...

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Jul 25, 2016 - Cleaverville

This morning we woke up to our usual fine and sunny day. After breakfast we drove to Dampier which is on the Burrup Peninsula and the other side of the bay from Roebourne. First stop was the Red Dog statue which is located in the Information bay as you drive into Dampier. There were a few other people there and ad we waited for our turn to take photos, both Ruby and Chilli started to growl at Red Dog- he must look very life like! We then put the dogs up on the statue to take our photos- then other people started taking photos of our dogs on...

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Jul 24, 2016 - Cleaverville

Woke up to a breezy, dull and slightly wet morning. We decided to put up one of our shade room sides to add to the front one we already had up. The 'shade room' is like a cheap version of an annexe, but we deliberately bought it for its shade protection as we didn't think we really wanted a full annexe. It has 3 walls, each one can be used individually to provide shade for only one side if required. This is how we have used it so far this trip, but today thought we would add one of the side walls to the front (which we already had up), to...

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Jul 23, 2016 - Cleaverville

After taking the dogs for a quick run on the beach we drove out to Roebourne Information Centre to do a load of washing-yes, that's right, the Information Centre to do a load of washing! The Roebourne Information Centre is in the old gaol. There is a lot of history in these parts. It's also an interesting dynamic with 5 small towns in close proximity in what is still pretty remote country. Roebourne is one of the oldest towns which used to support the port (many years ago) of Cossack- mainly as part of the pearling industry. Cossack is now...

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