Broome – 16th to 17th July, 2012
This was our second stay in Broome this trip and a most enjoyable couple of days to recharge with a stay at the Mecure-Continental Hotel. Both being lovers of Chinese food, we ate three times at the Son Ming Chinese Restaurant and ended on a first name basis with the proprietor.
We had intended on seeing a movie at the Sun Picture Theatre, though being the school holidays here at the moment, there wasn’t anything showing that was suitable……all kids’ stuff. If you have seen the movie ‘Australia’ with Nicole Kidman, they used the outdoor theatre in one of the movie scenes. It’s really good to sit outside under the stars on a warm night watching a good movie.
Broome – Pardoo 18th July, 2012
Post the usual vehicle checks and the mandatory stop at the local bakery for breakfast, we headed out of Broome for the trek south. We were both a little quite this morning as we were both very aware that our time in the Kimberley was drawing to a close. In fact, it had hit us that the trip was now in it’s final stages and we would soon be on a plane heading home for the UK.
Recovering form from the short bout of depression we headed out of Broome and camped that night near the Pardoo Road House, around 460km to the south.
Pardoo – Karratha – Millstream – 19th July, 2012
This morning we were up and about early and making ourselves just that little bit more respectable as we had an interview with the ABC in Karrathajust after lunch. Some months ago we had received an invitation from Gemma Snowden for the interview.
We were met at the ABC offices by Gemma, who made us very welcome with a good cup of coffee and a brief chat before we got down to business. Cristy-Lee Macqueen took us through the recorded interview giving us the opportunity to talk about our adventure and some of the highlights. The interview will be broadcast on the ABC radio at around 1130-1140 on Wednesday 25th July, 2012. Cristy promised us a copy of the interview, which I’ll post on the Blog when it arrives.
After a top-up with fuel we headed out of Karratha, making our way inland from the coast to Millstream National Park, our first stop being Python Pool 19km off the Tom Price Road. It was getting a little late in the day to spend too long at the lovey spot as we wanted to make camp near Millstream Homestead 60 odd kms to the south.
Millstream – Panawonica 20th July, 2012
Millstream – Chichester National Park is a beautiful spot nestled in the middle of the Pilbara region and it has to be said with some of the best facilities that any traveller would like to find at a national park and is a credit to the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)…well done guys. Let’s hope the people at Karijini National Park learn a little from your example.
The Fortescue River flows through the park and there are some great spots to spend your time such as Crossing Pool and Deep Reach Pool.
After spending the morning having a good look around, we headed west and called into Pannawonica for lunch. I couldn’t get over how cheap the fuel was at Pannawonica and squeezed as much as I could into the tank for the forward journey. For those fuel price conscious people it was $1.47 per litre for diesel, which is a round 30c cheaper per litre than anywhere else in the region.
Over the next day we made our way to Coral Bay and Ningaloo Reef, though I’ll be including the commentary in the next post……..and the fishing charter.
As always there are some additional pics on the ‘Photographs’ page and you can follow our progress via the live satellite tracking page.
Keep safe and stay tuned,
Greg and Julie