Broome (26th April)

Hello all

we have had a great and relaxing couple of weeks at Broome, the temperature has been in the mid 30’s since being here with no clouds in sight, perfect weather for kicking the feet up, having many a swim with a few coldies to wash all that down :-).
Before getting to Broome we stayed a week at Pardoo Station a working beef station just before 80 mile beach it was good to plug into the power get the aircon going and take many a swim in the pool it was about a 26klm dirt track in and out but not too many corrugation’s manly just watched the sunset and enjoy the start of the Kimberly region.

Us at Pardoo Station enjoying a few drinks at sunset

Us at Pardoo Station
enjoying a few drinks at sunset

camp spot at the Station

camp spot at the Station

One of the amazing Sunsets...

One of the amazing Sunsets…

Robyn with the "Liquid Gold"

Robyn with the “Liquid Gold”

After a quiet time at the Station we packed our gear and set off to Broome we set of early as there was about 500klm to drive and didn’t want to book into Broome too late, along the way we pulled into a parking bay for lunch and bumped into Mark, Julie and the kids William and Isaak, we had met them in degray’s camp and then at Pardoo station, so we all had lunch together and a nice cold beer said our good byes and were on our way again we didn’t get far before pulling over to help a stranded couple who flagged us down, seems they had a puncher with no tools or jack to get the wheel off, not too smart being out in the middle of nowhere without that sort of gear, oh well we got them on there way and so we were too.

Cable Beach Broome

Cable Beach Broome

The first couple of days we looked at the shops of Broome (yes Robyn bought some dresses) and arranged to meet with a couple Bill and Rita whom we spent new years eve with them all way the back in SA (Elliston) we met up on the evening the stairway to the moon was happening its a natural spectacle for when the full moon and low tides line up, so we went down to the beach with a bottle of wine set up the camera and wait for the show to begin.

Stairway to the Moon...

Stairway to the Moon…

It was a fantastic sight and advise anyone going to Broome to make sure they don’t miss out, after the moon had risen and we got our photo’s we went back to our van and cracked a couple of nice bottles of red and reminisced about our travels so far to here, it was good to catch up with them again, we all went out to dinner the next night and said our good byes again, im sure that we will see them again maybe Darwin.

Riddell Beach

Riddell Beach

We have to be careful where we swim from now on as there are salt water crocs in these waters, so I always have one eye out for them, we did see one at the Pearl farm, he kept swimming back and forth all day, about 3-4 mtrs long…

Boat Ramp Town Beach.

Boat Ramp Town Beach.

then next day we lined up a ride for Robyn on the camels as she has always wanted too, not for me though they smell and spit at you, ill just take the photo’s, I haven’t sweated that much for a long time trying to keep in front of them running around dogs people and other photographers.

Robyn on the Camels Broome

Robyn on the Camels Broome

Broome Camel

Broome Camel

After a couple of days of running around and driving to all the sights of Broome we had a couple of days taking it easy and getting the caravan spring cleaned, we booked a tour out to Willies creek pearls it went for a couple of hours and was very informative amazing how much goes into, to get a white shinny ball, they don’t do much for me, we were offered a pearl necklace for $39,000 but turned it down lol.

Willies Creek Pearls

Willies Creek Pearls

Boat tour at the pearl farm.

Boat tour at the pearl farm.

Cleaning the pearl shell has to be done regularly

Cleaning the pearl shell has to be done regularly

the next day we saw our friends Mark Julie and the kids drive onto the caravan park so as we hooked up and went out fishing for the day out at willies creek I caught 5 Robyn 2 and mark 1 not the best showing but was good to finally catch some, mostly brim and cod yes robyn caught the biggest 🙂

One of many Large Lizards we see on the tracks

One of many Large Lizards we see on the tracks

we all went to the night markets that night and the kids played on the jumping castle while we we entertained by jugglers we ate there from the Asian vendors me having curry chicken Robyn the satay beef very nice I must say, we also went to the markets at the old court house on Saturday robyn bought a few things for her hair and other trinkets mostly home made arts and crafts so we enjoyed that.

Today we have done a very big shop and filled the cupboards water tanks and fuel ready for our departure Monday this time we go east to Derby, Fitzroy crossing, Halls Creek and then the Bungle Bungle with a bit of the Gibb river road thrown in.

Broome Court House Markets

Broome Court House Markets

Oldest out door cinema in Australia

Oldest out door cinema in Australia

Try this one on Damper.

Try this one on Damper.

A little friend that came into our caravan, he just hung around for a couple of days.

Our pet Plover..

Our pet Plover..

so until the next post take care and safe travels “The Congo’s”

12 Comments

  1. mumanddad

    fantastic photos which camel was`robyn on

  2. Diane Sanders

    I so enjoy looking at your amazing photos and where you have been and where you are heading. Which camel was Robyn on?

  3. Frank & Gail Baker

    Just finished reading your last post wish we were with you we are heading back to Toronto to empty 5th Wheeler as we pick up new van middle of May we have bought a new Jacko Silverline wish we were up there too friends from Louth Bay SA Frank Gail & Missy

    • Hello Frank and Gail good to hear from you, i bet your excited for your new caravan, did you sell the 5th wheeler? would be great to catch up again, louth bay seemed so long ago now and so far away lol, thanks for posting all the best stay in touch your good friends John, Robyn and Jock. 🙂

  4. linda

    Hi Robyn and John
    Love the sunset and oh my god the moon wow what a fantastic pic that made, and the line of camels what a great sight. Love all the pics John. Robyn you look so relaxed with a glass of wine in your hand. stay safe guys lots of love x

    • Hello Linda the stairway to the moon was one of our must see’s on this trip and it didnt disappoint,robyn liked the camel ride, i think she liked watching me running past her every 5 mins trying to keep in front for the photo’s, LOL robyn is always relaxed and with a glass of wine in her hand hahahahahaha
      take care love from the Congo’s xxx

  5. Christine and Peter

    what a wonderful time you must have had in broome a usual the weather looks perfect and cable beach hasn’t changed, robyn you would have liked the camels looking at the amazing photos and john that is the best camel photo I have seen on cable beach well done take care and travel safe xx

    • John

      hi Christine and Peter yes we are having a good time and Robyn loved the camel ride, thanks for the post.

  6. Kevin Gooch

    Hi Robyn and John,

    I’m Cage (Kev) from AP. As I said on the AP site I’m as envious as all hell.

    I did a lot of Route 1 in 1998 when I was living in Qld and was in the Ulysses club. Their 1998 AGM was in Bunbury and we did Gold Coast to Broken Hill, Port Augusta, The Nullabor, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, the bottom end to Bunbury, up the West Coast to Broome, Katherine, Darwin, Kakadu, The Alice, Uluru and back home via the Hay Plain.

    Trip was 22,000Ks all up over ten weeks, carrying all my gear on my 1200 Suzuki Bandit. Best thing I’ve ever done. The only downsides were not being able to go off the black top and my old Canon AV1 going on strike from Esperance to Darwin. Eight rolls of 36 went through the camera and came out blank.
    My Staffy is a bit of a worry because of her extremely protective nature. She’s fine with people if I’m with them, and other dogs if I’m not close by, but if she’s with me and another dog even looks my way the ‘red mist’ comes down and she goes into attack mode. She cleaned up the neighbor’s Bull Mastiff for getting too close on one occasion, and she could walk under it.

    I’ve almost got my Triton ready to go and will do some short trips as a precursor to the Top End next year. The Gibbs River Road, Cape Levique and Marble Bar are on my bucket list.

    Anyway you guys sound like you are having a ball. Keep the pics coming and I’ll take the time to read thru your blog.

    Cheers

    Kev

    • John

      Hi Kev
      thanks for the post, wow thats a lot klm on your 1200, and you did it fast, i wouldn’t have wanted to be around when those films were being developed 🙁
      thats the nature of a staffy very loyal and protective i bet she’s a good dog, this is our second staffy and we love his company, the positives outway the negatives travelling with him and hes having a ball, i bet your chomping on the bit to get that triton on the road and dirt, like you this is the best thing we have every done and it wont be the last time either.
      thanks again Kev for having a look at the blog and it will be me looking at your shots on AP taken from Marble Bar before long.
      all the best

      John…

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