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Sep 20, 2010 - Day 85 - Walkaway to Erskine

FINAL ENTRY IN OUR CURRENT TRAVELOGUE: 460KMS today - We had made the decision to travel down the new Coastal Highway, which officially opened yesterday. Well, they certainly conned us, along with dozens of caravanners and car drivers, all of whom were rather unhappy going on the comments coming through on the CB!! The new section was open - yes - but they had ripped up a section of the original road to improve - and that is still under construction - badly!! We had SO many stops for roadworks from Jurien to Yanchep, that the 30 minutes it...

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Aug 15, 2010 - Leaving Meadow Springs for Moora

We left Meadow Springs at 11am on the 15th August, after picking up the new caravan on the 13th and feverishly getting everything ready and packed. Saying goodbye to Kym, Rick and the neighbours was hard. We are heading to Moora for our first night out, we stayed at Moora last year, when cousin Pauline was here from England. The Moora C.P. is nice but the amenities are yuk to say the least and at $31 a night a rip off. 16th August. Left Moora at 10am, stopped at Coorow as the bearings on the caravan were over heating, because they had been...

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Jun 25, 2010 - Perth

Josh arrived in Perth on Tuesday 22nd June - first visit was to King's Park overlooking the City. A cloudy day, so not the usually spectacular view of the City and Perth Water. He decided to stay with us rather than in the Backpacker's Hostel in the City. Spent Wednesday with Tahra and Dave putting music on to his ipod. Thursday he decided to spend a quiet day at home on his own. Today, Friday, he, Peter and Tahra are spending the day in Fremantle, Port City. Then come a couple of "firsts" for him - he is going to the Races on Saturday with...

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Aug 19, 2009 - Darwin

Well we have been in Darwin 2 weeks tomorrow. The weather has been fantastic. As we watch the forecast of Perth being somewhere between 10 - 17 degrees Darwin has been 19 -33!! We are flying to Perth tomorrow for 10 days - are we going to cope with the cold weather after living in shorts & t shirt ever since we left home????? Darwin is Australia's most northern city and I guess what most people would think about when you mention Darwin is either the WWII bombings in 1942-43 or the disaster of Cyclone Tracey in 1974!! Darwin is much more...

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Aug 11, 2009 - Welcome Amitty!!

Today Pat & I welcome our new grand-daughter, Amitty Joyce Elizabeth Caffell. She was meant to arrive on Friday 7 August but ran a bit late. I was hoping maybe seeing she was late she might arrive on my birthday - tomorrow. What ever - we are as pleased as punch she is here & say congratulations to Clint & Julie. We had already booked our flights home to see the new addition to our family. Pat & I will fly home on Friday 21 August & then fly back to Darwin on Monday 31 August. Whilst there I will also fly to Geraldton to see my parents for...

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Aug 8, 2009 - 7 Days to travel 316km!!

Gosh only knows what goes on! I type away with all we have done - go to save & wham!! the darn thing disappears. After a few expletives I close the computer & don't come back to my trip journal for a few days. So hence here we are on 11 August & I am now retyping what I did on 8 August... So we left Katherine on Fri 31 July & only managed to get 62kms up the road (46km to turn off & 16kms in) to Edith Falls. These falls are part of the Katherine Gorge. You are not allowed to camp/visit here if you have a dog - Dog!! What dog!! Poor old...

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Jul 29, 2009 - Kununurra to Katherine

We left Kununurra last Saturday & headed off across the WA/NT Border. Goodbye WA Hello NT. Destination was Katherine, but as is our norm, we were in no hurry to cover the 513km. In fact it took us 3 nights on the road before arriving in Katherine. The travellers "Bible" - Camps Australia 5 - was again put to good use for our stops along the way. Our 1st night was spent at East Baines River (minus the river). This stop was 169km east of Kununurra. 2nd night was spent at Victoria River Roadhouse. This was a caravan park so a cost involved...

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Jul 22, 2009 - Last stop in WA

Bugger! Bugger! Bugger!! I just wrote our trip journal for the past 10 days - went to save it & the darn thing wiped the lot off!!! Not happy Jan... Now to start again. So after leaving Fitzroy Crossing we drove to Mary Pool (on Mary River) which is 180km E of Fitzroy. This was a good rest spot although would have been much prettier in the Wet Season as there was no water in the river bed. From Mary Pool we travelled on to Leycesters Rest - Ord River. Another good rest site & once again would be nicer with water in the river bed. At...

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Jul 13, 2009 - 9 Weeks & we've made it to Fitzroy Crossing

Well after the most spectacular sight of the "Staircase to the Moon" on both Wednesday & Thursday nights we packed up and left Broome on the Friday morning. I am sure that we will at some stage come back to visit Broome again - be it as caravanners or flying up for a holiday. Anyway out intention was to camp on the road one night before we got to Derby but there wasn't really anything suitable & we decided it wasn't worthwhile to pay to stay at the Willare Bridge Roadhouse when we were only 57 kms out of Derby. So on to Derby we went. We...

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Jul 7, 2009 - Relaxing in Paradise

Been a while since I have updated our site - but we have been living in Paradise.... Well we have been in Broome just over 2 weeks & will be here until Friday morning. The days are magical - a lovely 31 degrees most days!! Some of the nights have been a bit cool but most times a sheet is enough cover at bedtime. We have had 3 moves whilst here - 2 spots in the caravan park & now at the PCYC overflow park (which takes dogs). Broome, for those that don't know, was originally a pearling town. Now, although pearling still plays an important...

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Jun 23, 2009 - The road from Port Hedland to Broome

Port Hedland was okay but nothing out of the ordinary. It was good to have a look at the port and watching an empty iron ore carrier come in, 1 being filled & 1 full one leave port. Amazing. The main shopping area seemed to be more in South Hedland than Port Hedland. After getting a few supplies at the shopping centre in South Hedland we set off to our next destination. The plan was that we would stop for lunch at DeGray River & then continue onto Pardoo Roadhouse where a friend of Pat's now owns this with her partner. On arrival at DeGray...

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Jun 14, 2009 - Karajini's Beauty & onto Port Hedland

Thursday 11 June dawned with drizzle & an overcast day. Bugger we thought - we're off on a tour of Karajini so we don't need this sort of weather. The drizzle did eventually go away but it wasn't the warmest day we have encountered. Anyway, Jeff our tour guide picked up 3 couples from the caravan park & then another 4 people joined us at the Karajini Visitors Centre. Two things were mandatory on the tour - morning tea & lunch - all home made by Jeff's wife Bev. Not hard to follow those instructions especially after all the climbing &...

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