Off to Broome!

  • MONDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER

 

AWAY ON THE ROAD AGAIN HEADING FOR BROOME THE LAST STOP FOR AWHILE!!????

A LOT OF DRIVING WITH NOT MUCH TO SEE EXCEPT CHANGING LANDSCAPES!

STOP AT VICTORIA RIVER FOR THE NIGHT!

  • TUESDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER

 

ON THE ROAD AT DAWN A BIG DRIVE AHEAD!

ACROSS THE BORDER INTO WESTERN AUSTRALIA.

DO A SHOP AT KUNUNURRA….

MAKE IT TO MARY RIVER TO CAMP THE NIGHT, EXHAUSTED AND AM IN BED AT 7PM!!!

  • WEDNESDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER

 

ANOTHER EARLY START THROUGH FITZROY CROSSING AND ONTO BROOME, ARRIVE AT MALCOLM DOUGLAS’S WILDLIFE PARK AND REFUGE. MEET THE MAN (VERY TALL!) GIVEN A TOUR THEN SHOWN MY CARAVAN. THAT AFTERNOON THEY ARE CULLING SOME OF THE FARMED CROCS, HADN’T SEEN THIS BEFORE!! THE MONEY MADE GOES BACK INTO THE PARK!

  • THURSDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER/FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

 

START WORK…A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM AFTER BEING A GYPSY FOR SO LONG!!

A LOT OF ANIMALS SAME OLD PARK POLITICS!!

SEE HOW I GO!???

  • SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

 

DAY OFF AND HIT THE SIGHTS OF BROOME!

THIS IS WHERE MY TRAVEL BLOG ENDS…UNTIL NEXT TIME, HOPE YOU ALL HAVE ENJOYED MY JOURNEY !!!!!!

*** LEFT SUNSHINE COAST 4TH JULY WITH 244380KM ON THE TOYOTA 4WD, UP TO CAPE YORK, DOWN THE WEST SIDE OF THE GULF, UP TO DARWIN THEN ACROSS TO BROOME.

ARRIVED IN BROOME 15TH SEPTEMBER WITH 253460KM ON THE 4WD………. 9080KM TRAVELLED AND THE BEAUTIFUL TULLY TOYOTA NEVER MISSED A BEAT!!!!!! GOOD DRIVER HELPED!!!****

Heading to Darwin!

  • SUNDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER

 

UP EARLY AND HEADING FOR KATHERINE GORGE, OR “NITMILUK”

STOP AT MATARANKA, THE HOMESTEAD WHERE “WE OF THE NEVER NEVER” WAS MADE! SWAM IN THE BEAUTIFUL SPRINGS AND HAD A LOVELY MASSAGE FROM THE BUBBLING WATER 🙂

HIT THE ROAD AGAIN NEXT STOP “CUTTA CUTTA CAVES”

AWESOME UNDERGROUND CAVES VERY ENJOYABLE!

GET TO KATHERINE GORGE SET UP CAMP, HAVE A SWIM IN THE POOL THEN GO FOR AN AFTERNOON STROLL UP TO THE LOOKOUT, MAGIC!

  • MONDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER

 

HAVE A MORNING SWIM IN THE KATHERINE RIVER THEN OFF TO DARWIN!

AM EXCITED  TO CATCH UP WITH A VERY SPECIAL LOVE OF MINE WHO I HAVEN’T SEEN FOR SEVEN YEARS!

SO GOOD TO SEE HIM AND SPEND THE WEEK IN DARWIN!

IN THE ARVO WE DO A HASH RUN!!! NO NOT THAT SORT OF RUN! PEOPLE OF ALL KINDS JOG OR WALK FOLLOWING A TRAIL THROUGH THE BUSH. MUCH FUN WAS HAD AND AS I WAS A HASH VIRGIN A HAD TO SKULL A BEER AT THE END !!!

  • TUESDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER

 

NICE TO BE OUT OF THE CAR AND NOT DRIVING, DRIVING.

CHILLED OUT!

  • WEDNESDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

 

WATCHED THE SUN SET OVER THE OCEAN WITH A NICE COLD BEER OR TWO!

  • THURSDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

 

WENT TO THE MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKETS, MASSIVE WITH HEAPS OF FOOD STALLS! HARD TO CHOOSE WHAT TO EAT!

  • FRIDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

 

VISITED TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK, A LARGE AREA WITH SOME NICE ATTRACTIONS. PLENTY OF BIRDS, BIG CROC YOU COULD SEE UNDER WATER….

THEN COOLED OFF AT BERRY SPRINGS, LOVELY!!

  • SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER, SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER

 

RELAXED READY TO HEAD OFF ON MONDAY TO BROOME!

Across to the other side!!!

  • TUESDAY 31ST AUGUST

 

AWAY EARLY AND STOP AT MUSGRAVE, HAVE A BIG BREKKY AND ASK ABOUT THE ROAD ACROSS TO PORMPURAAW, GOOD NO WORRIES.

ROAD WAS GREAT AND SAW SO MUCH WILDLIFE… BROGLAS, JABARUI, RED-TAIL BLACK COCKATOO, BLUE-TONGUE AND FRILLED-NECK LIZARD.

PORMPURAAW WAS AN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY WITH NO ALCOHOL. FROM THERE I HEAD OFF TO KOWANYAMA ANOTHER SETTLEMENT.

THIS WAS A SMALL TRACK WHERE YOU REALLY HAD TO CONCENTRATE AS SIDE TRACKS WERE OFF EVERYWHERE. THE BULL DUST WAS SO THICK AND NO ONE ELSE AROUND!!

AT ONE STAGE THERE WERE TWO TRACKS AND I’M THINKING SHIT WHICH ONE???? UP IN THE DISTANCE I COULD SEE TWO FIGURES, ENDED UP BEING ABORIGINAL STOCKMEN FIXING A FENCE!! THEY TOLD ME WHICH WAY AND TO STAY ON THAT TRACK.

DRIVING, DRIVING SO SOFT IN PLACES, MY HEART WAS BEATING VERY FAST!!! HIT ONE PART AND ENDED UP SIDEWAYS HAD TO PUT HER IN 4WD TO GET OUT!

CROSSED SOME VERY WIDE SANDY CREEKS THEN THE MITCHELL WHICH WAS FULL OF WATER AND CROCS, NOT CHECKING THIS ONE! HARD TO SEE TRACKS OF OTHER VEHICLES, 1ST CROSSING WAS FINE….THE SECOND WAS RUNNING FAST AND SOME ROCKS, I PRAYED PUT HER IN LOW 2ND AND WENT FOR IT KEEPING THE REVS UP. JUMPED OVER SOME ROCKS THEN WE WERE OUT….SO HYPED I FORGOT TO TAKE A PHOTO!! A FEW DAYS LATER I WAS CHATTING TO SOMEONE WHO DIDN’T TAKE THAT WAY AS THOUGHT YOU COULDN’T CROSS THE MITCHELL!!! WE DID !!!!!

MAN WAS I HAPPY TO SEE THE BUILDINGS OF KOWANYAMA!!!

A COUPLE OF GUYS WERE SETTING UP TENTS SO I ASKED THEM IF I COULD CAMP THERE, NO WORRIES MATE!!!! BOY DID I FEEL LIKE A STIFF DRINK AFTA THAT TRIP BUT A DRY CAMP!!!

  • WEDENESDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER

 

OFF TO NORMANTON ACROSS THE BURKE DEVELOPMENTAL ROAD, A HIGHWAY AFTER WHAT I HAD BEEN ON…

CAME ACROSS TWO MOTOR BIKE RIDERS WHO HAD HIT A BIG PATCH OF BULLDUST AND COME A CROPPER! MORE BRUISED EGO I THINK!

 I SAID IT IS BETTER TO STICK TO THE EDGES, THEY HAD GONE THROUGH THE MIDDLE!!!!

MADE CAMP FOR THE NIGHT AT A FREE SPOT ON WALKERS CREEK, GOT HEAPS OF FIREWOOD THEN HIT THE CREEK FOR A FISH. BEING CAREFUL AS CROC COUNTRY!!

CAUGHT TWO NICE FISH FOR TEA, PUT THEM IN ALFOIL WITH LEMON, GINGER AND GARLIC! GRILLED OVER THE COALS AND MADE FRIED RICE…MEAL FIT FOR A QUEEN!

VERY CONTENT BY THE FIRE, NICE RED WINE, MUST HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED AS FELL ASLEEP IN MY CHAIR, WOKE UP WHEN I SPILLED MY WINE!!!!!:)

  • THURSDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER

 

HAD A LOOK AT NORMANTON, MASSIVE CROC ON SHOW-REPLICA THAT A LADY HAD SHOT! NEXT STOP BURKETOWN GOING TO STAY AT CARAVAN PARK BUT BOOKED OUT! WENT DOWN TO THE RIVER BUT TOO MANY COLOURS, DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT SO LISTENED TO MY GUT AND TOOK OFF!

DRIVING ON THE WAY TO DOOMADGEE SAW A NICE RIVER CROSSING THE GREGORY! ANOTHER COUPLE HAD JUST PULLED UP SO WE CAMPED TOGETHER! COULD HEAR A BARKING OWL IN THE TREE, THERE WAS A PAIR ABOVE ME SO IT WAS LOVELY TO HEAR THEM ALL NIGHT!

  • FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER

 

WAS ON THE ROAD AT SEVEN, DRIVING, DRIVING, DRIVING, NOT A LOT TO SEE, ENDED UP DOING A TEN HOUR DRIVE WITH A LOT OF DIRT AND WATER CROSSINGS!

GLAD TO SEE BITUMEN AND A CAMP!

CROSSED THE QUEENSLAND/NORTHERN TERRITORY BORDER!!!!!

 STAYED AT CAPE CRAWFORD, LONELY HEART HOTEL AND CARAVAN PARK. SO GOOD TO HAVE A HOT SHOWER AND A WELL DESERVED DARK&STORMY!!!!

  • SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER

 

TWO MONTHS SINCE I LEFT THE SUNNY COAST!!!

NOT SURE HOW FAR WILL GET TODAY AS BIT TIRED…HAD TO PULL OVER ONLY AFTER DRIVING FOR TWO HOURS AND HAVE A SLEEP!

NOT A LOT TO SEE AND LONG STRAIGHT ROADS…

MADE IT TO A FREE CAMP JUST OUT OF LARRIMAH, WILL MAKE KATHERINE GORGE TOMORROW! THIS CAMP IS JUST OFF THE STUART HIGHWAY, WATCHING THOSE ROAD TRAINS GO PAST, PULLING FOUR TRAILERS, SCARY!!

The Tip Of Oz!!!

  • SATURDAY 28TH AUGUST

 

OFF TO THE TIP OF AUSTRALIA, WHAT A BUZZ!!! TO THINK I AM STANDING RIGHT ON THIS SPOT!!! THEN A NICE DIP!

HEAD TO LOYALTY BEACH FOR THE NIGHT, WATCH THE SUN SET OVER THE OCEAN, SO DIFFERENT THEN SEEING IT RISE OVER THE OCEAN! HAVE A NICE MEAL- NACHOES AT THE RESTURANT. TALK WITH A WORKER THERE FROM CALOUNDRA!

  • SUNDAY 29TH AUGUST

 

START MY WAY BACK DOWN FROM THE TIP, CALL IN AND SEE FRUITBAT FALLS AND A NICE DIP! HEAD TO BRAMWELL JUNCTION FOR THE NIGHT AND WHO SHOULD I MEET UP WITH BUT DIRK AND MARK! PLEASANT NIGHT BY THE FIRE (MADE BY ME!)

  • MONDAY 30TH AUGUST

 

OFF I GO AND MAKE COEN PREETY EARLY, TALK TO A LOCAL GUY ABOUT STEVE IRWIN, CROCS ETC THEN HIT THE ROAD AND CAMP AT A FREE REST AREA JUST SOUTH OF MUSGRAVE. ALL TO MYSELF, TWO CARS CAME AND THEN TOOK OFF! I MUST OF LOOKED LIKE A WILD WOMAN!!!

READ MY BOOK, IT RAINED SO I SAT IN THE FRONT SEAT EATING SARDINES ON RICE CRACKERS AND RED WINE!!!

The Tip of Australia!!!!

  • SATURDAY 28TH AUGUST

 

OFF TO THE TIP OF AUSTRALIA, WHAT A BUZZ!!! THEN A NICE DIP!

HEAD TO LOYALTY BEACH FOR THE NIGHT, WATCH THE SUN SET OVER THE OCEAN AND HAVE A NICE MEAL- NACHOES AT THE RESTURANT. TALK WITH A WORKER THERE FROM CALOUNDRA!

 

  • SUNDAT 29TH AUGUST

 

START MY WAY BACK DOWN FROM THE TIP, CALL IN AND SEE FRUITBAT FALLS AND A NICE DIP! HEAD TO BRAMWELL JUNCTION FOR THE NIGHT AND WHO SHOULD I MEET UP WITH BUT DIRK AND MARK! PLEASANT NIGHT BY THE FIRE (MADE BY ME!)

  • MONDAY 30TH AUGUST

 

OFF I GO AND MAKE COEN PREETY EARLY, TALK TO A LOCAL GUY ABOUT STEVE IRWIN, CROCS ETC THEN HIT THE ROAD AND CAMP AT A FREE REST AREA JUST SOUTH OF MUSGRAVE. ALL TO MYSELF, TWO CARS CAME AND THEN TOOK OFF! I MUST OF LOOKED LIKE A WILD WOMAN!!!

READ MY BOOK, IT RAINED SO I SAT IN THE FRONT SEAT EATING SARDINES ON RICE CRACKERS AND RED WINE!!!

The Adventure Begins!!!!

 

  • WEDNESDAY 25TH AUGUST

 

READY TO SET OFF BUT AM THINKING ABOUT TRAVELLING A SHORTER ROUTE BUT OFF THE BEATEN TRACK. IT CROSSES THE PASCOE RIVER AND AM TOLD ITS PREETY STEEP AND ROUGH!

STOPPED TO TALK TO THE GUYS CAMPED NEXT TO ME AND THEY ARE GOING THAT WAY…SAID IF I LIKE I CAN TAG ALONG! VERY GLAD I DID.

AT FIRST LOOK I WENT NO WAY…THEN DAVE WENT THROUGH WITH CAMPER TRAILER SO DECIDED I WOULD AND THANK GOODNESS I HAD HIS GUIDANCE AS A BIT SCARY IN SPOTS!!

A COLD BEER ALL ROUND TO CELEBRATE!!!!

THE REST OF THE TRACK WAS GOOD A FEW ROUGH SPOTS BUT NOTHING TO COMPARE TO THE PASCOE!!!

WE STOPPED AT THE WENLOCK CROSSING FOR THE NIGHT, BEAUTIFUL AND SAT IN THE WATER TILL DARK THEN A LOVELY FIRE AND BBQ!

  • THURSDAY 26TH AUGUST

 

CROSS THE WENLOCK NICE AND EARLY THEN THROUGH THE BUSH AND HIT THE MAIN ROAD!

BRAMWELL JUNCTION GET FUEL THEN TAKE THE OVERLAND TELEGRAPH TRACK “ADVENTURE” HERE I COME!!

1ST STEEP CREEK CROSSING IS PALM CREEK, A BIG ADRENALIN RUSH!!!! GOOD TO HAVE DAVE TO GUIDE ME

SLOW GOING AND ALOT OF CREEK CROSSINGS, YOU HAVE TO CONCENTRATE 100% ALL THE TIME AS ONE WRONG MOVE AND YOU CAN END UP ASS UP!!!

WE STOP AT COCKATOO CREEK FOR THE NIGHT, I’M OFF SEARCHING FOR FIRE WOOD, MY NICK NAME IS FIRE BUG!!

ITS NICE TO YARN AROUND THE FIRE…..

  • FRIDAY 27TH AUGUST

 

THE LAST CREEK CROSSINGS, NOLANS IS VERY DEEP AND I END UP WITH WATER OVER MY BONNET….MAN WHAT A RUSH!!!

WE DECIDE NOT TO DO GUNSHOT….A VERY DAUNTING CROSSING AND I THINK THE TOYOTA HAS DONE HER BIT! ME TOO !!!

HIT THE JARDINE FERRY THEN BAMAGA WHERE WE PART WAYS..GOOD TRAVELING WITH THE BOYS!

I GO TO PUNSAND BAY RIGHT AT THE TIP, VERY NICE AND CAMP NEXT TO MARK-CANADA AND DIRK-GERMAN FROM THE GOLDCOAST! WE HAVE A FEW COLD ONES AT THE BAR AND MANY LAUGHS!!