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Day 79 - Monday 23 July 2012

Broome to Derby

We were up early for trip from Broome to Derby - a distance of about 220 kms. It was a nice sunny day with a forecast maximum of 28 degrees. Most caravan traffic on the road seemed to be going south and we had a generally uneventful trip to Derby. Not a lot of road trains in either direction and we were only passed by one road train heading north. We stopped for a morning coffee at the Nillibubbica Rest Area which was about 60 kms west of the Willare Bridge Roadhouse.

We arrived at the Kimberley Entrance Caravan Park at about 1:00 pm and were allocated a large grassy site. After setting up camp for 2 nights and having lunch we went for a drive to explore Derby. Derby is a small town of about 5,000 people and was the first town to be settled in the Kimberleys in the 1880s to service the nearby cattle and sheep stations. The Derby wharf first built in 1894 for the export of of wool and pearl shell and later live cattle, and is now used for the export of Zinc and Lead Concentrates from the Western Metals Mine located to the east of Fitzroy Crossing.

Derby Wharf

Derby Wharf

Derby Zinc Concentrate Loader

Derby Zinc Concentrate Loader

The ore is transported from the mines to Derby by road train and loaded on to barges at the Derby Wharf. The tidal variations at Derby can be as much as 11 metres and the ore is transported to ships waiting offshore by a barge and a tug that have a 5 hour window around high tide to come into the wharf and load, before moving back out to sea to transfer the ore to waiting ships. Last night the barge came into the wharf at 3:00 am to be loaded. A fish restaurant is located next to the wharf, but we hope they get their fish from somewhere else as the water is very muddy.

Fish Restaurant at Derby Wharf

Fish Restaurant at Derby Wharf

Another tourist attraction at Derby is the the Boab Prison Tree where aboriginals who had been kidnapped for the pearling industry were held on their way to the coast before the establishment of Derby. Should that be slavery? The Boab tree is now an aboriginal heritage site, and is located next to Myall's Bore and Frosty's Pool. Myall's Bore and its long concrete water trough was established in1916 to water and rest cattle on their way to the Derby Wharf. Nearby is Frosty's Pool that was built in 1944 by Australian Army personnel who were stationed in the area. No sign of Frosty though!

Derby's Boab Prison Tree

Derby's Boab Prison Tree

Di at the Boab Prison tree

Di at the Boab Prison tree

Myall Bore stock watering trough

Myall Bore stock watering trough

Myall Bore - Derby

Myall Bore - Derby

Frosty's Pool - no water Frosty

Frosty's Pool - no water Frosty

Back at the caravan park we sat in the sun reading the papers until the sunset having a quiet little drink for happy hour.

Sunset at Derby

Sunset at Derby

Posted by TwoAces 03:09

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Frostys Pool
No water - last year when we were there, the water was disgusting.
Frosty.

by snowman3195

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