The Gypsies

A pair of old gypsies travelling Australia
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  • Day177

    We stayed in Shark Bay for 6 days with Karl, Julie, Ben, Nia and Darren and his family. Darren's mate was in Thailand and had offered the use of his house, So a fishing trip / family holiday had been organised. Thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the family.

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  • Day171

    We spent a lovely couple of days with Doug, Judy, Michelle and young Douglas at Yaleen Station near Pannawonica. They were very busy, Doug in the workshop and Judy in the kitchen. It is mustering time which means vehicles always need fixing and mouths need to be fed. We all left on Friday morning, as they were going to Perth on leave and we were heading to Shark Bay.

  • Day168

    We had a lovely 2 days at Mardie Station staying with my sister in law Kerry who has been the cook for the station for the past 10 years. She's like part of the furniture there and loved by everyone. Really enjoyed staying there and meeting the managers Richard and Lindy and their children and chatting with the crew who are there for mustering. We tried to be a bit useful by weeding Kerry's garden and helping out a little with the cooking and washing.

    I actually visited this station about 40 years ago whilst married to Alan. He was working for the APB at the time and was up there as part of a team taking part in dingo control. The old homestead where we ate dinner on the verandah, is still there, although in a state of disrepair and not lived in anymore. Kerry told us it is to be restored very soon by the owners - a Chinese Company. It's a magnificent old building
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  • Day164

    Pulled up at Miaree Pool for the night on our way South, heading towards 40 Mile. It's a lovely campsite on the Maitland River and just off the North West Coastal Highway. Our Grey Nomad neighbours made it clear through their body language that they didn't want us parking near them, so we found a better spot a bit further down stream. Putz and I went for a swim in the river and I got chatting to a lady from Albany who knows of my relatives down there. She went to school with cousin Robin.

    Just a few kilometres further south was 40 Mile Beach - our next stop. We stayed two nights, an interesting landscape, hardly any beach, but lots of reef and mangroves. No good for fishing as it was way too windy for the kayaks and quite cold as well.
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  • Day162

    Cleaverville is a coastal camping ground just south of Karratha and Dampier. Dave went fishing in his kayak and caught dinner, a stripey seaperch and a trevally. He absolutely loved it at Cleaverville, even after being stitched up by sand flies and having to take antihistamines to get through the days, and then sleep at night.

    Next stop Karratha and Dampier. We spent 5 days there staying with Kelly my niece and her two boys. Lisa, who is Kelly's sister had her 40th birthday at a venue in Karratha, so we went along and enjoyed catching up with everyone. I have nephews Jack and Lou living here as well and we loved meeting their families as well as my little great nephews and nieces whom I've mostly only seen on Facebook in the past.Read more

  • Day155

    We stayed one night at Indee Station. Had a pleasant couple of hours having a drink and snacks with the owners and other campers at happy hour. We called in here to meet the owners Colin and Betty who are known to some of my family members. It was a nice stay, lovely hospitable people.

    Had lunch at the Whim Creek Pub, an iconic pub located halfway between Roebourne and Port Hedland. It dates back to the 1890's. Originally a tin structure that was destroyed more than once by cyclones, it's been rebuilt to stand the test of time and is once again popular with travellers, miners and locals in the area.

    We rang John to wish him a happy 61st birthday and he invited us to dinner in Dampier at his daughters house. We ate like kings and enjoyed a great night catching up. The meal starter was Morton Bay Bugs wrapped in Prosciutto and Sautéed Banana Prawns followed by a main meal of Fillet Steak and Salad, then Icecream Cake. Yum!!!!

    We are now at Cleaverville beach campsite for a few days.
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  • Day151

    We left Marble Bar after staying one night in the Caravan Park, and took the Marble Bar - Hillside Rd heading towards the Gt Nthn Hwy. We stopped for lunch at Tambina Creek, a place marked on the WikiCamps app. We were not expecting much and were pleasantly surprised to find it really nice, with water enough for kayaking. No one here but us. I don't think this Rd gets too busy with tourists, as the only thing around here are stations and mines.Read more

  • Day150

    We came here thinking we might be able to do some kayaking inside the semi circular reef, however it was seriously windy and cold and not particularly inviting for any kind of water activities. No free camping around here, so we stayed in the Caravan Park for two nights.
    From the jetty we watched a couple of cray boats come in and unload their catch, one had three crates and the other had two. Apparently they have just about reached their quota for the season so don't need to go out each day.
    The area is known for its Pink Lake which gets its colour from the blooms of a microscopic algae. The algae is cultivated and harvested in the Hutt Lagoon and the various carotenoids (the pink producing bits) are sold worldwide for use in dietary supplements.
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  • Day149

    We loved this place. Perfect for kayaking, swimming and hiking up to the top of surrounding landscapes. The Gorge still has a lot of water in it and extends for about 3 kilometres. We enjoyed exploring in the the kayaks. We were camped opposite a vertical rock wall which formed one side of the Gorge, and climbed to the top of it, even though I was worrying and fretting, not about the climbing up, but about the coming down part. But I made it back safely thanks to Dave telling me where to put my feet and giving me his shoulder to hang onto. We did not climb the vertical face you can see in the photo, but found a way up the side where it would normally be a waterfall in the wet season. The view from up there was awesome.

    A couple of days later we climbed another rocky outcrop on the other side of our camp, more amazing views of the vast landscape around us. Once again I was a wimp on the downward climb, relying on my hero to lead the way. 💪😏

    We met up with Lesley and Craig again there, and spent a bit of time chatting and having a drink with them. Thoroughly enjoyed their company. Other than that, the the time there was spent cooking, washing and then reading. The little washing machine is great in places like this because there is plenty of fresh water.
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  • Day144

    Coppins Gap is about 60ks east of Marble Bar. It is one of the few breaks in 100 kilometres of rock wall. Very pretty here and a lovely swimming hole. I actually went for a dip, bloody freezing at first but ok after a while.

    We have met a nice couple here from Harvey, Lesley and Craig. They have both retired now but have spent 5 years in a very remote aboriginal community and are interesting to listen to. Lesley was the school principal and gives quite an insight into trying to understand some of the aboriginal thinking.

    Off to Carawine Gorge today. It is supposed to be good and perfect for kayaking.
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  • Day141

    After leaving the Fitzroy River area we drove towards Broome, but stayed at the Roebuck Plains Roadhouse Caravan Park which is about 30ks out. Very nice small park with a Tavern attached to the Roadhouse. Caught up with the washing - sheets, towels, mattress protector, floor mats and clothes. Ha. A mad cleaning fit. 😊
    An afternoon swim in the pool. Dinner in the tavern was a Fishermans Basket each. Huge meals at good prices. It felt almost 5 star after bush camping for the last couple of weeks. A trip into Broome the following morning to shop for food, drinks, fuel and a haircut for me.

    From there we drove to 80 Mile Beach. There is a fabulous caravan park here, however no dogs allowed, so we camped up the rd in a spot where others were doing the same. The beach is beautiful, long sweeping views of white beach and blue water. No seaweed at all. Lots of people tho, driving on the beach, fishing, walking and collecting shells. We only saw a couple of people swimming, possibly because of sharks, and box jellyfish stingers. I wont be going in to find out. 🦈😏
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