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Day 82 - Thursday 26 July 2012

Fitzroy Crossing

Having done the Geikie Gorge cruise yesterday we have a free day today. Given the plentiful supply of water at Fitzroy Crossing we decided that it was time to give the caravan a good clean. When we were in Broome we were next door to a caravan that looked brand new even though it was more than five years old, and had had many owners. The present owner gave us the secret - regular cleaning with "Gumption" cleaner, which is excellent for cleaning sealant joints that get dirty very quickly. It may look strange but the implement of choice is a tooth brush! It took all day but the van is nearly as good as new. Di was using David's tooth brush but she did not know that he had a second secret toothbrush! While we were cleaning the van we had regular visits from some Bower Birds who were roosting on a nearby shed.

After our cruise yesterday we now understand why all of the buildings in the Lodge vicinity are built on small islands as protection against regular floods.

Where's the food

Where's the food

Bower bird looking for food

Bower bird looking for food

Our camp site

Our camp site

Another view of our camp site

Another view of our camp site

Entrance to the Fitzroy River Lodge

Entrance to the Fitzroy River Lodge

Fitzroy River Lodge

Fitzroy River Lodge

Amenities building

Amenities building

After a hard day working on the van - it now looks like new - we decided to reward ourselves with dinner at the Lodge. They have a lounge bar with bar meals, and a restaurant - as there were not too many people in the restaurant we decided on a bar meal. When we ordered our meals we also ordered a bottle of red wine - at which point we found out about the alcahol policy in Fitzroy Crossing.

There was no access to take-away alcahol unless you were staying in the Lodge. Even then it was a six pack and one bottle of wine per day - however no take-aways for the people in the caravan park. When you ordered a bottle of wine you were served with one glass each and the bottle was kept behind the bar until the meal was on the table. It seems that you can not be trusted with a whole bottle of wine! We both had a rib eye fillet steak with mash and vegetables, which was excellent.

It was interesting to note that there were no indigenous people working working at the lodge. The only coloured person was a young fellow from Zambia - he had been in Australia for 9 years and was working the dry season at Fitzroy Crossing before returning to his home in Perth. Phil would have been in his element here - all the bar staff wore T-shirts extolling the virtues of Boags Draught.

Posted by TwoAces 04:53

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