Broome to Fitzroy Crossing – 15th June, 2012
It was a relatively early start this morning, though via the Broome bakery to collect some fresh pastries to eat along the way. We had three great days in Broome, which is definitely one of our favourite locations.
I’m not sure if I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that we went to see ‘Salmon fishing in the Yemen’, that was showing at the Broome out-door picture theatre, though nothing beats watching a good movie sitting out under the stars on old fashioned deck chairs. If you have seen the movie ‘Australia’ with Nicole Kidman, they used the theatre in part of the movie….A real classic which has been part of Broome’s history for a long time.
Fitzroy Crossing – 16th June, 2012
A good feed of bacon and eggs to start the day before heading out from Fitzroy Crossing to Geikie Gorge to have a look around. Julie and I took the boat tour of the gorge, which is the only way to really see all the sights. My last trip to Geikie was in 1977, though nothing had really changed. The trip down the gorge by boat was pretty relaxing and a few pictures were taken along the way.
Post the trip to Geikie, we returned to the Fitzroy Crossing Inn Caravan Park to prepare for the next day’s trek to Halls Creek and beyond. It was an early night for an early start.
Fitzroy Crossing to Sturt Creek Station – 17th June, 2012
After an early start this morning, we made the 290km run to Halls Creek, where it was a brief stop to fill the fuel tanks, before heading east via Wolfe Creek Crater. I’ve included a couple of pics on the ‘Photographs’ page along with the history behind the crater. While there is obviously the significance relating to when it hit, it was also a necessary visit post watching the movie with the same name.
Leaving Wolfe Creek Crater, we travelled via Sturt Creek Station backtracks (and the help of GPS) and made camp 15m south of the Duncan Road. It was a relaxing evening, with a clear sky laying back counting the stars and who could spot the most satellites as they passed over-head.
Sturt Creek Station to Top Springs – 18th June, 2012
First stop this morning was a short 50km drive from the previous night’s camp for a morning swim at Marella Hole to take in a swim before tackling the drive onto Top Springs and Katherine in the Northern territory.
The 450km drive from Marella took in some beautiful country and we had covered 300km before we passed our first vehicle for the day, though we did see a few of the local inhabitants. They were always ready to jump out and say hi.
Top Springs to Katherine – 19th June, 2012
We arrived in Katherine just after lunch, having completed the 330km drive from just south of Top Springs. Tonight we have decided to live-it up a little and stay in a hotel in Katherine as it will be the last hot shower for a few days as we head-off into east Arnhem Land in the morning.
We will do a little last minute shopping to ensure the supplies will be adequate, as we will be on our own for the next 8 days as we make our way to the eastern most tip of the Northern Territory.
Stay tuned folks, though it will probably be a few days before we have any sort of telephone or broadband coverage to send the next update.
Please have a look at some of the otrher pics that we have placed on the ‘Photographs’ Page
Bye for now,
Greg and Julie x