Top End Treading

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Living in: Melrose Park, Australia
  • Day58


    August 23 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We tried booking into several Caravan Parks in Perth before leaving Yanchep. All were full. We thought we had struck it lucky at the 3rd park. Yep, no problems, he had spaces. Too easy! It appears this caravan was directly underneath the flight path from Perth Airport. One review said it was fun to download the radar app, so that you could identify where the flights destination. It was Perths newest CP.
    On the way, we stopped and got two new tyres fitted. It was raining pretty steadily at this time, so I went for a wander around some nearby op shops. I came back with two cheap raincoats. Both from the same maker, but one was from the Salvos and the other from Vinnies.
    We set up in the CP, and yes, it looked very new, but they seemed to have several shabby permanent residents. We were warned by passerbys not to leave anything outside, as it may 'walk'. Lovely toilets though!
    We went to the DFO just a few minutes away. Ian managed to buy two new coats within 20mins of arriving.
    I downloaded the flight app!
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  • Day57

    Yanchep NP

    August 22 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Rain is forcast for today, so it is a bit of a race to get to our campsite before it starts. At least we know that having booked it this morning we have secured our space. We went to Yanchep last year, and although very close to Perth, it is full of kangaroos koalas and birds.
    We stopped for lunch at Jurien Bay, and walked down to the jetty. We were lucky enough to watch a dolfin just lazing around in the water.
    At Yancep, we sat around the campfire chatting until the rain came...and it was heavy! No wonder it is so green here. Such a contrast from the bush and deep red soil, and the verdant green farmlands of the past 24hrs
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  • Day56


    August 21 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We had spotted a free camp offered by the council, in Geraldton. Having never visited there before, we thought this would be good. We arrived around 11.30, and it was full. Only 8 sites were allocated to caravans...but it wasn't to be. We set off heading towards Whitecliffs, which is a beautiful free camp on the beach, with turquoise sea and chalk white cliffs as a backdrop. We stayed there last year, and just loved it!
    However our plans changed again when we where going through Dongora, and just off the main road, was a green grassy site, with 3 caravans parked. It just looked nice and felt good.
    We parked beside a group of two caravans travelling together. They were washing their car with an Aldi power spray, and they could talk!!!!
    We left them to it, and walked to the beach. It turned out to be a little further than anticipated. We walked around 10km, but It was a beautiful day -26 degrees, and no wind. We walked along a boardwalk with pelicans asleep on the beach, or swimming in the water. On the return journey, we stopped at a tavern for a beer, and cold glass of wine as our reward.
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  • Day55

    Nerrin Nerrin 24hr Road stop

    August 20 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    With everything fully charged, we headed off. 4 hrs later, after a roadside stop for lunch, we pulled into our home for the night. As soon as we turned in we both recognized staying here before. This was where we fed curry to a lone cyclist.
    The wildflowers are starting to appear. With little rain to sustain them, they are a wonderous site. I wish I knew how to take photographs of the night sky too. It was majestic. The satellite passed over while we watched. A beautiful place to spend the night. To every ying there must be a yang...flies, and drop toilets for me.Read more

  • Day54


    August 19 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We booked into the Wintersun CP in Carnarvan as we left Minilya. It was probably a wise thing to do, as the park was pretty full by evening.
    The caravan battery was low, and just about everything needed recharged. I was looking forward to using a flushing toilet again.
    I also love it when we are guided into our site...takes the pressure off me. It was a lovely little CP, and reminded me of Butlins. The Tanoy announcement let all the patrons know of the Beginners Boot Scooting session on at 9.30 tomorrow morning, Tomorrow night is spud night with singing entertainment provided. At the back of the CP was the bowls club! They even hired out bowls if required.
    We went into the town and restocked, then walked along the shore front. Carnarvon is a big food growing area with the River Gascoyne flowing into the Indian Ocean and providing the water to sustain the large Banana plantations around. It was last running in Feburary this year, but the blerb by the beach states that it is a river which also runs about 10ft underground.
    A new statue on the hill depicts a young aboriginal girl and boy, watching their parents being removed to the Islands. I didn't quite understand what it was all about though. Still it was a good sculpture.
    The mile long jetty was still closed for repair. Pity.
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  • Day53

    Minilia Riverside

    August 18 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Last night was very cold, so this morning the quilt went back on the bed, we have had a good month without it.
    We went through the Tropic of Capricorn yesterday, and it's only going to get colder from now on!
    We called into Coral Beach and reversed beautifuly into a space, before walking down to the beach. It is just so incredibly beautiful. The water was a little cool, so no swimming, but paddling fitted the bill.
    Coffee and pasty/pie for lunch. Then on to Minilia River for our stop tonight.
    It was a huge dust bowl. I don't know the last time the river had any water in it. The wind was whipping the dust about. But we had internet, and Ian was able to watch the footie, and cricket. No fire....but at least we would be warm in bed tonight!
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  • Day52

    Heading to Ningalo

    August 17 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    The showers and toilets were good in the Shell station, so I had a lovely hot shower. Ian checked the tyre pressure of car and caravan, and we bought a new gas bottle at the service station before we left. One off our caravan tyres is looking very dodgy, so we just hope we can get to Perth before we need to replace it.
    Stopped at Peedamulla for coffee - free biscuit thrown in - at a roadhouse, in the complete middle of nowhere, Lunch at Nanutarra, and arrived at our free camp at Barrowdale (Yannarie) about 4pm. Huge place, with about 50 caravans dotted around the place. Drop toilets, but clean. We Telstra reception, which meant Ian could listen to the cricket test match in England. He had already watched the Crows get thrashed earlier, and they were playing at home!
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  • Day51

    Stairway to the moon

    August 16 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Arrived at Karratha...dont feel like it was a year ago that I was here last. The town itself is modern and very well maintained. Green grass, and modern housing.
    We stayed in the Shell Petrol station, about 12km outside Karratha, which had free toilets, and a hot shower. When we arrived, we were the only ones + a backpacker car. They provide this massive carpark for the truckies to rest overnight, but have included an area designated for Caravans, Boats and Trailers. We unhitched, left the van parked, and headed into town.
    We bought a couple of wines glasses in Target, (to replace the one that I had broken), and stocked up on wine.
    Then we went to see Steve, who was our neighbour for a month, in the CP last year.
    He had a new friend staying, 'Y' from NZ, who had arrived in Karratha just after we left. She was a cleaner for the mines, but had had seven jobs since she arrived.
    Still it was good to see Steve again.
    Then we travelled to Hearsons Cove to witness Stairway to the Moon. Truly beautiful. We were very lucky, as we arrived to a packed beach, but drove into a spot which must have been vacated. Perfect!
    When we returned to the Shell Station, we had 2 caravans as neighbours. Safety in numbers.
    It was the first night since katherine, that it was too cold to sit outside.
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  • Day50

    Raining in the Pilbara

    August 15 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We had this lovely site in the golf course, between two gums, so decided to stay another day here. We booked and paid last night, then we discovered that it was going to rain. That is virtually unheard off up here. It didn't rain heavily, but it did last on and off all day. I cooked for a good part of the day, Ian went for a long walk. He said that two young guys stopped and offered him a lift. That was nice. It shows that not many people are seen pounding the red earth around here. I had missed mummy's birthday, which was yesterday, so when we went to see (if we could see) the Stairway to the Moon, I phoned her on Viber. Technology will never fail to amaze me. From the beach in Portland to Lisburn NI.
    Too many clouds to see the moon we went home.
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  • Day49

    Lianne and Jeff

    August 14 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    We decided to stay at the golf club in South Hedland. We had only 130km to travel, after our big haul yesterday. We were the first of the day to arrive, apparently so we got the best spot! In among the gums, with plenty of shade. Our neighbour advised us to park in the middle, or they would try and squeeze someone else in too. So we did, and had a lovely big site with plenty of shade.
    We went to the Information center, and left with an itinerary: first we watched the pilots guide the big container ships into port, then we followed the coast around. The tide was out, so mud flats were the go around here. We ended up at Pretty Pool, and it was true to its name. A quick paddle, and back to the van for a shower before meeting Lianne and Jeff for tea.
    We paid $25 for water, power and the key to use the toilet and shower in the Golf Course. Bargain, as some the other CP were charging up to $50.
    We met Jeff waiting for us at the Lodge Motel, and I gave Lianne her injection for psoriasis. We had a huge meal at the smorgasbord in their canteen. All available for the miners, and Lianne charged it to the post office! It was good to see them both again.
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