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  • Day10

    42 Grad und unsere erste Nacht im Camper

    October 10, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 38 °C

    Heute haben wir unseren Camper übernommen. Ein Toyota Hilux Adventurer, nicht mehr ganz der jüngste.... 😀
    Dann Grosseinkauf im Coles und anschliessend die Fahrt nach Derby.
    Es ist brutal heiss im Moment, das Thermometer zeigte 42 Grad an.
    Wir fragen uns, wie wir da schlafen können, aber vorerst freuen wir uns auf die Spaghetti....
    See ya, Fredi
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    Cornelia Widmer

    En Guete!🍷🍝

    10/10/19Reply
    Anja und Flo

    Hoffe ihr konntet einigermassen schlafen. Wo gehts denn jetzt hin, nachdem eure Tour nicht geht?

    10/11/19Reply
     
  • Day330

    We did The Gibb

    September 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Wir haben es geschafft! Auch wenn Fredo - vor allem seine Reifen - etwas leiden musste, hat er uns sicher über die Gibb River Road gebracht 😌 Es war wirklich ein richtiges Abenteuer und hat unsere hohen Erwartungen sogar noch übertroffen 😍 Vor allem das Reisen zusammen mit Johanna und Katharina hat den Trip perfekt gemacht 😊Read more

  • Day40

    Derby und die Tide

    October 11, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Wir kommen am späten Nachmittag in Derby an und werden von unzähligen Boabs in verschiedensten Größen und Altern begrüßt. Wir haben schon viele davon in den Kimberley gesehen, doch hier sind sie in den Alleen kultiviert worden. Wenn ihr sowas nicht kennt (z.B. von den Affenbrotbäumen - Baobabs - in Afrika), sie sehen aus wie umgekehrt eingesetzte Mohrrüben.
    Derby ist eine der ältesten Ortschaften der Region Kimberley. Im Jahre 1688 betrat William Dampier (Pirat) als erster offizieller Europäer das Land des heutigen Derbys. Bis Alexander Forrest 1879 eine Expedition in dieses Gebiet unternahm (haben wir schon drüber berichtet), wohnten hier ausschließlich Ureinwohner. Das Ziel der Forschungsreise bestand darin, neue Räume für die Weidewirtschaft ausfindig zu machen. Um 1880 wurde das Städtchen als eine der ersten Siedlungen der Kimberley gegründet, woraufhin es zu heftigen Konflikten zwischen den lokalen Aborigines und den Europäern kam. Zu dieser Zeit lebte auch der bekannte Ureinwohner Jandamarra in Derby, der dem Stamm der Bunuba People angehörte. Auf der Gibb River Road und in den Nationalparks der Kimberley tauchte sein Name immer wieder auf. Im Tunnel Creek National Park endet die Geschichte des Anführers der einzigen bewaffneten Rebellion der Aborigines gegen die weißen Siedler jedoch mit dessen Tod. Das ist aber eine längere (traurige) Geschichte und soll ein anderes Mal erzählt werden. Besonders attraktiv ist der Ort allerdings nicht, es sei denn, man möchte seine Vorräte und den Tank auffüllen.
    Wir machen hier nur einen Übernachtungsstop, um am nächsten Morgen direkt nach Westen weiterzufahren. Drei Highlights der etwa 5.000 Bewohner umfassenden Siedlung sehen wir uns dennoch an. Heute Abend den Pier und morgen den Rest.
    Das erste Highlight ist der überdurchschnittlich hohe Steg, an dem sich die extremsten Gezeiten der Südhalbkugel so richtig austoben. Bis zu 11 m beträgt an dieser Stelle der Unterschied zwischen Ebbe und Flut. Hier im Mündungsgebiet des Fitzroy River finden sich mit die höchsten Tidenhübe der Erde überhaupt. Wenn ihr diese Tatsache nicht glauben solltet, dann beobachtet das Geschehen am besten mal selbst. Wir kommen bei einlaufender Tide der aufgewühlten Timorsee (zur Zeit leider nur 4 m Höhendifferenz, 4 Tage später wären es schon 10 m) am Pier an. Es ist sehr windig, sehr warm und eine hohe Luftfeuchtigkeit. Wir merken das tropische Monsunklima hautnah - die Haut klebt. Im Moment lädt das Wasser nicht zum Baden ein, wir haben ca. 2 Meter Welle. Auch aus einem anderen Grund sollte man sich unter gar keinen Umständen ins Meer wagen - die vielen Salzwasserkrokodile. Wir sehen allerdings keine.
    Der Steg wurde nur gebaut, um einerseits die hierher verbrachten Lebendrinder (Lifestock) zu verschiffen und während des Goldbooms die ankommenden Goldsucher anlanden zu können. Heute wird er kaum noch genutzt.
    Kurz vorher haben wir im Bottleshop ein paar Flaschen Weiß- und Rotwein eingekauft. Mit diesen und den von uns gesponserten Chips machen wir es uns auf dem Steg zum zünftigen Sundowner gemütlich. Es ist ein fantastischer Sonnenuntergang und der Wein aus der Margaret River Weinregion schmeckt hervorragend 😋.
    Dann beziehen wir unser Appartement im neuerbauten Spinifex-Hotel - inklusive Waschmaschine. Diese wird natürlich sofort programmiert (alle Mitreisenden tun das Gleiche 😊). Endlich mal macht ein Anderer die Wäsche. Bisher waschen wir unsere Tageswäsche täglich beim Duschen. So haben wir am nächsten Morgen immer die gesamte Wäsche sauber. Lustig wird es dann noch beim Abendessen, denn unser lieber Mitreisender Falk, gibt noch seine Reparatur- und Programmierversuche seiner Waschmaschine zum Besten.
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  • Day15

    Derby

    October 28, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    Kleines verschlafenes Städtchen.
    Vor den Toren der Stadt, befindet sich der berühmte Boab Prison Tree.
    Rundflug über die Horizontal Falls, highly recommended.
    Campground und dessen Besitzer sind einfach spitze. Wir genossen die Einsamkeit.
    Hier finden die immenser Tidenhub statt.
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  • Day32

    Derby

    June 8, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Derby, sitting on King Sound, is the departure point for tours to the Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelego and is the western terminus to the Gibb River Road. It specializes in the spectacular Boab tree, no other plant is more symbolic of the Kimberley than it. The boab greets you with their immense swollen trunks of various shapes and it cuts a striking silhouette against the sky. Derby is also famous for the colossal tides of King's Sound, sometimes changing 10 meters every six hours. We took a tour through the Kimberley School of the Air. Went to The Norval Gallery , set up by the artist Mark Norval, an exciting gallery in an old tin shed and features striking art work. Mark is an enthusiastic supporter of local Aboriginal artists and fights hard to generate funding for the many health initiatives in the Kimberley. In his book is a verse -
    " Every race of people has a culture to follow. If you lose culture you are floating you are lost ".
    Visited Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre - 100% Aboriginal owned, not for profit organisation which provides employment and income to many community members through the sale of art. Donny Woolagoodja was a driving force behind the resurgence of art at Mowanjum and was responsible for the design of the 35 meter high Wandjina man in the opening ceremony at the Sydney Olympic games. Donny was allowed to take someone there and he chose to take Mark Norval. We looked at the Old Derby Gaol and the 1500 year old Boab Prison Tree which are sad reminders of man's inhumanity to man -namely white man against the Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal prisoners were chained up here whilst on their way to the Derby goal. We went to the cemetery where in times gone by the Aboriginal people were buried over the back in unmarked graves , so different from the tomb stones above the grave sites of the white people. Whilst in Derby we decided to take a trip to the Horizontal Falls and to the three national parks with stunning gorges , once part of a western 'great barrier reef' in the Devonian era, 350 million years ago. These three parks are Windjana George, Tunnel Creek and Geikie Gorge.
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  • Day58

    Last day in Derby

    August 23 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    We started early with a botanical walk on the edge of the town. The name suggested a nice paved path and pretty trees and flowers. It was slightly different with a small dirt track and scraggy natural bush. We copped heaps of cobwebs and startled by a couple of kangaroos in the first 100 metres. The walk was good and got to see a huge Boab tree.

    Back for a cooked breakfast and then a few jobs at the shops. We found a great second hand bookshop to top up the supplies and we made a donation to the local animal welfare group that runs the shop. More caravan and cleaning jobs which filled the afternoon. We biked down to the wharf for another spectacular sunset. I did make the mistake of stopping under a shelter on dusk and was bitten alive by midges. I think I am up to 20 new bites, so it is not all perfect in paradise.

    Tomorrow we drive 220km to Broome expecting a sea breeze and slightly lower temperatures. No such luck with a predicted high of 35 degrees .
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  • Day55

    Not quite the Bungles

    August 20 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    So far on the trip the fact we have not been overly planned about where we are heading has to been to our advantage. It allowed us to enter WA and continue the adventure. Unfortunately today we came slightly unstuck. We had not done any research into the Bungle Bungles. I had assumed from our camp we would be able to sit and watch the sun go down over the Bungles.

    I was quite surprised yesterday when we arrived to find out there was a 53km dirt road with river crossings between the camp and the national park. Our friends had organised to go on a tour but we decided we could do our own thing. Last night we caught up with Trevor and Di after their trip and they told us how rough the road was and they wouldn’t drive it. It made us a little nervous.

    We decided to give it a go and if was too rough we would turn around. Looking at the video you can see why we turned around after 10km. Note on the video sound the chiming. This is the dash cam dropping into emergency mode as it thinks it’s about to have an accident.
    We couldn’t wait for 2 more days to get into a tour due to commitments in Broome. So we decided to pack up and drive on.

    There is not much between the Bungles and Broome. The two towns are Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing, both of them are not known for being particularly safe. The road was excellent and easy to drive so we decided to drive until we felt ready to stop. At Fitzroy Crossing which was 400km along we decided to push right through to Derby which was another 250km.

    We arrived in Derby just as the sun was setting which was spectacular. Tomorrow night we plan to see it dropping into the ocean from the wharf. It was a beautiful evening to set up the site, have a beer and go for a camp walk. It was a long day in the car but so good to be here. After the temperature hovered around 35 all day it was great to walk the camp and streets in a pleasant 27 degrees.
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  • Day56

    Derby

    August 21 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    It was nice to have break from towing today. Leisurely start with some housework to remove red dust from the caravan, a never ending challenge. Walked into the town which was only 300 metres away. The CWA had a market which was small but there was music and a lot of locals. After walking a few more blocks we realised that this town is small with very few shops. The town is extremely well maintained and you sense there is a real sense of community.

    A drive down to the jetty to see the massive tidal movement in this area. It was first built in the 1860s and replaced in the 1970s. It is a curved wharf which I think is for the tidal flow. There is a 3km long causeway out to the jetty as there are miles of tidal flats. Today's high tide was just over 9metres which is one of the world's largest. The current flowing past was fast and dangerous. The signs warn not to swim. If the undercurrent doesn't get you the crocs will.

    A visit to the prison Boab tree where prisoners were placed inside it to rest before they were shipped away. The indigenous history up this way when Europeans arrived is very sad. Such a large clash of contrasting cultures caused so many issues. They estimate the boab tree is around 1500 years old. The Boab tree is protected up here so it is not uncommon to have a road diverted around a tree.

    Most of the afternoon was spent trying to make a itinerary for our time in WA. Sunset was back to the jetty to watch the sun move through the fire smoke of all the burn-offs that happen in the dry season in WA. A deep red colour across the water.
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    Ngaire Jury

    Great picture of you both

    8/21/21Reply
    Grant Campbell

    The last sentence on the tree sign says it all!

    8/22/21Reply
     
  • Day50

    Derby and the Horizontal Falls

    June 1, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    We arrived in Derby on Monday 29th May, and drove around town to get our bearings. We had a good look around, found the shopping area, (Woolworths and IGA), the visitors centre, the caravan park where we would be leaving the truck for our night away and the dog kennel.
    The worms were biting so we had lunch in little cafe - battered barramundi and squid, chips and and salad - very nice! Then it off to the Port to watch the tide come in for a while. We were lucky enough to see a big salty roaming his territory and catching some very large fish from our vantage point on the jetty. Apparently he's quite new in town and not that often sighted.
    We bought a intricately carved boab nut from a local aboriginal guy, he carved our names and the date in to the top of it. It's quite a work of art. See the photo.
    Tuesday morning we were collected from the caravan park and taken to the Derby airport to meet up with another 10 people who were doing the Horizontal Falls Tour with us. We boarded a seaplane and flew out over the mud flats to Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago. We landed on the water and motored to the pontoon and houseboat that would be our playground and accommodation for the afternoon and overnight visit. We watched the young guys feeding Tawny Nurse Sharks and big Angel fish who come in from around the area for the feeding show. They are not caged but live in the area and respond to regular feeding and attention from the crew. They call them their pets and have names for them all.

    We were then taken out in a fast boat with four 300hp outboard motors attached to have a look around the beautiful scenery and then through the horizontal falls. Because the tide wasn't moving as fast as they hoped, and the daylight was fading fast, we were promised another boat ride the following morning when the tide would be piping through the gaps that create the falls.

    We returned to the houseboat for nibbles and drinks before a dinner of barramundi, greek salad, potato salad and beetroot salad. We spent the rest of the evening talking with the others, most of whom are travelling the Gibb River Road as well. There's a good chance we will run into some of them again.

    We were up at 6am for coffee with bacon, eggs, toast and cereal before another fast boat ride through the falls, and yes this time was more thrilling as we rushed through those small gaps. The smaller one being only 7 metres wide. On both the outgoing and the incoming tide, the water rushes through the gaps in the range, at 1 million litres per second!!!!

    It wasn't long before our seaplane arrived with our pilot, a young kiwi girl named Sonia, who told us she does 8 flights a day, some from Derby and some from Broome. The flight back was over the Buccaneer Archipelago and King Sound, absolutely stunning!!.

    It may be some time before I can update this blog because I believe there is very little reception available on the Gibb, so "au revior" until then.
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    Bess when you get this message please ring us, Rocky and Lyn

    6/17/17Reply
     

You might also know this place by the following names:

Derby, DRB, Derbis, Дерби