G'day Cobber, Mindil beach is a ''must do'' .........well known for it's HUGE market held twice weekly and for the twenty or so food stalls that cater for all tastes...........The idea is to head to the markets later in the arvo, have a gander at whats on offer, then as the appetite increases you wander amonst the food stalls and indulge.........when you can't eat anymore you head over the sand dunes and pull up a patch of sand and watch the sunset Thousands of tourists make this pilgrimage twice a week, and hundreds of sunset seekers every night........probably has'nt changed much since you were here Cobber Berry Springs, yeah your right Cobber.........could'nt believe this attraction come at no cost ......would have gladly paid an entry fee for what is the best swimming spot we've come across, and the water's WARM ;D Kingy & Mez
Hi Bob & Jacqui, yeah well over 3000 K's since Mildura, the middle bit was a little dissapointing, from Katherine up it's been really great, hence we've slowed right down..........looking forward to the west coast, thats if we ever leave here ;D Fanny Bay jail was on our list the other day..........GOT LOST, but we'll get there Kingy
I was in Darwin for 3 months in '79 and then again from '86 to '92. Some of the aftereffects of Tracy were still visible in '79, but by the time I went back again they were mostly gone.
There were a few Cyclones that came close while I was there, but none that did any damage (other than to the local alcohol supply).
I looked up the Marina page:
Being in a typically tropical environment and subject to severe cyclones and weather extremes, Cullen Bay Marina (a man made facility) has been uniquely designed to protect its occupants against such natural elements thanks to its locked waterway and huge man made seawalls. It is of great comfort to all here that this is a registered Cyclone haven to both small and medium size vessells. One of the most unique features of this facility however is that Cullen Bay is accessible to vessels on all tides experienced in Darwin be it from zero to eight meters, with the waters inside the marina being maintained at a constant level of 5 to 5.7 meters thanks to the huge eight door lock that controls all vessels and water entering and exiting the Cullen Bay Precinct. It is the only Marina in Darwin that can appreciate such access as all other Marina's are in accessible on our spring low tides.
G'Day Gang, God that month went quick Cobber ........since our last post we've been free camping a lot out in the sticks, having signal/service only when passing through townships........which are hundreds of K's apart Will post some photo's shortly, possibly later today. Since speaking to Daggsey while at fitzroy crossing, we have moved on to Derby.....leaving tomorrow, and heading toward Broome. Received a message from ''loveshack'' recently and they are at Timber Creek NT........west of Katherine. See ya's soon, Kingy
Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 19, 2010 22:45:20 GMT 10
I received an email today from a friend and work colleague who is on a trip up through the Centre, across to the Kimberleys, then down to Perth, Esperance and home to Melbourne. He and his wife are currently camped at Broome.
Guess who they camped next to in Derby?
Yep...Kingy and Mez! What are the chances?
I've got no idea how they worked out that they all knew me. My friend probably commented that he knows a V V obsessed guy with a Don...
Good to see that the Kingy's seem to be enjoying north west WA. I can think of far worse places to be at this time of the year. Half their good fortune, eh?
Yeah, Derby it was Don Ricardo, it's amazing how many people you run into that know of people we know or know of. Your friends spoke of someone who had ''an old van'', but it was'nt till later that Mez picked up on who they were speaking of........it still amuses me how this happens as often as it does ::)Sure is a small world. At Broome at the moment, an update coming shortly.........when i get the chance ;D Hey Clyde, trust you to notice the fridge ;D ........at twenty kilo's, and $180, our best investment yet - an outdoor beer /drinks fridge is a must up here........It's so HOT , the humidity makes ya thirsty ;D. Kingy
Hi Guy's, l've been busy of late and now have a few days to catch up on a few things......including an update on the ''the tour''.......it's only been a few months ;D We arrived in Pt. Hedland two months ago and i started work shortly after, carting from the port itself, to Cape Preston......750 k's round trip, doing one trip per day in a road train mainly, but also doing long and wide loads..........more on that later The park we stay in is ''basic'' and caters mainly for the worker.......no tourists here
More on Pt Hedland later also
So, now where were we when we left off....Oh yeah - Darwin Here's some croc feeding .........from a distance ;D
The hotel at Adelaide River........This is the buffullo that appeared in the dundee movie, since it's death it has lived here drawing in the crowds
We stayed at the showgrounds for a week
Timber Creek.........$76 for a ctn. of beer .......did'nt stay long ;D
Saddle creek, last stop before the WA border
Still love'in it.........more to come shortly......promise Kingy & Mez
Yeah, been slack i know Col, but have some time off now so i'll try and get our trip up to date We stayed at Spring Creek rest area for three days which is only a short distance to the turn off for the Bungles, while there we met a couple who offered to take one of us into the bungles for a gander in their 4x4.........no place to take the EH - or the dog, and their fridge took the place of where i would have sat So Mez took these shots
From there it was on to Mary Pool, the largest rest area/ free camp we've come across........can cater for MANY vans, we stayed for a week, with our now good friends that took Mez to the Bungles
Note the water level
The water level again
HHmmm, time to get out me thinks
We'd been forwarned of the rising waters from a local landowner who flew in in is chopper.........MANY vans left
Next was Fitzroy Crossing, where we also stayed for a week........Different and good, but could'nt live there ;D
Great photos of the Bungle Bungles Mez ..... awesome place aye ? I'm a reasonable sort of bloke but ….. I bought a new atlas to replace the one I bought in 1998 and the new one doesn't even mention the “Bungle Bungles”......Purnululu N.P. Good thing I didn't throw the old one out.
I bet the 4 x 4 people can't believe what you've done... and are doing in that EH of yours with a van in tow ...and keeping it looking spick-and-span into the bargain
I wish now that we had taken it as slowly as you are doing.... we went from the Bungles to Fitzroy Crossing in one day …. and only stayed there a day .
Yeah, the Bungles no more Cobber........just like Katherine Gorge, it's also been re- named Glad we're doing it now too JBJ, as long as i can still work out here.......we're not in any hurry to get home - we can't anyway, we've just re - let the house out for another year Kingy
Thank you for the opportunity for the "armchair tourist" trip around Oz. It's making me more determined to finish working and getting out there and doing it. Like all the rest of us, we were wondering "where the bloody hell are you". Keep the great pictures coming........Love them!!!!!
Fibreglass fantasia!....a Sunliner, a Carlight Continental plus one for spares (fibreglass roof & ends)... 52 homemade plywood and a Fibreglass Kennedy lookalike awaiting a brand/name (might be Skyline?) ................. EH Premier S/Wagon & '56 FORD Country Sedan for my towcars