A Travellerspoint blog

July 2012

Day 78 - Sunday 22 July 2012

Broome

Today we spent our time working on the caravan and the Navara. David gave the Navara a much needed wash while Di spent her time cleaning the outside of the van. David replaced the anode on the gas hot water heater, which had not been replaced since new - the old anode was almost completely eaten away.

Later in the day we went for a swim in the pool at the caravan park - although we did not stay in the water long as the pool is not heated.

Tomorrow we will be heading to Derby for 2 nights, which will give us time to drive to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek.

No photos today.

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Day 77 - Saturday 21 July 2012

Broome

After picking up some papers we went to the Market at the Court House for a wander around. It was quite a good market with the usual choice of crafts, jewellery, clothing and food stalls. The market operates between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

In the afternoon we headed for Cable Beach for our sunset camel ride. There are three camel ride operators working the beach with about 20 camels each - red camels, blue camels and yellow camels - ours were the camels with blue saddle cloths. We arrived early and watched the previous half hour ride group return and dismount. We were briefed on the background to the Company - the owner who led the camels has had 29 years experience working with camels.

We were shown how to mount our camels and what to expect on the ride, then we were paired off with the camels. We were allocated to one of the larger camels - Kabul - a 13 year old male camel. We mounted the camels while they were sitting down and had to lean back and hold on the straight arms while the camel stood up back end first then front legs. At first you feel as though you are a long way off the ground, but as the ride commences you soon get used to the motion of the walking camel - though we would not like to be on a running camel.

There were about 5 camel handlers walking beside the camels answering questions and keeping an eye on things - they also took our cameras and took plenty of photos for us - they seemed to be quite adept with all sorts of cameras and took some good photos for us It was just a magic ride with the sun setting over the Indian Ocean. There were lots of 4WDs on the beach with people having drinks while watching the sun set. Towards the end of the ride Nick and Christine Tall and David Long arrived to watch the end of the camel ride and take some photos of their own.

Dismounting is in reverse where the camel kneels down front end first and you have to hold on so as not to go over its head before the back end goes down and the camel settles on the sand. After dismounting everyone is given a carrot to feed to the camels. At the end of the day the camels are walked about 4 kms to the farm where they are kept - each with its own flashing light.

After the camel ride we had a chat with Nick, Christine and David before bidding farewell - tomorrow we head north to Derby and the Kimberleys, while they are heading south to Barn Hill then on the Eighty Mile Beach.

David and Di posing with a camel

David and Di posing with a camel

The Camel train having a rest

The Camel train having a rest

Our camel - Jabul

Our camel - Jabul

David and Di on Jabul

David and Di on Jabul

The leading camels

The leading camels

End of the Camel Train

End of the Camel Train

Flat feet - made for sand

Flat feet - made for sand

The camel behind us kept trying to pass

The camel behind us kept trying to pass

Shadows of the camels on the sand

Shadows of the camels on the sand

Camel train near the end of the ride

Camel train near the end of the ride

The leader with the first camel

The leader with the first camel

David and Di on Jabul at sunset

David and Di on Jabul at sunset

Sunset at Cable Beach

Sunset at Cable Beach

Jabul with his carrot

Jabul with his carrot

A new moon over Cable Beach

A new moon over Cable Beach

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Day 76 - Friday 20 July 2012

Broome

After a quick trip to the shopping centre for papers, a coffee and some groceries, and a equally quick visit to Bunnings and Blackwoods for clips and hose fittings, we went and had a look at the Japanese and Chinese Cemeteries. There are 919 Japanese (mostly pearl divers) buried at the cemetery with significant loss of life occuring in the 1887, 1908 and 1935 cyclones. Next door is the Chinese Cemetery with more than 90 monuments reflecting the multicultural make-up of Broome society.

Di at the Japanese Cemetery

Di at the Japanese Cemetery

Obelisk memorial to those lives lost in the 1908 Cyclone

Obelisk memorial to those lives lost in the 1908 Cyclone

Di at the Chinese Cemetery

Di at the Chinese Cemetery

We had arranged to meet Nick and Christine Tall, and their travelling companions David and Sally Long at the Mangrove Hotel for a meal and a few drinks, however when we got there the restaurant was closed as the chefs had all walked out. We decided to go down the road to the Roebuck Bay Hotel, where we had an excellent meal although the choice of rice, mash or chips got a bit confused. The ladies all had Chilli Lime Prawns, Nick and David Long both had Chicken Parmagiana, and David B had an Angus Fillet Steak. We had a good night made better with occasional visits to the big screen where the Cats were giving the Bombers a smacking!

Nick, Christine, David and Di

Nick, Christine, David and Di

David and Sally

David and Sally

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Day 75 - Thursday 19 July 2012

Broome

Up early again this morning to take the Navara to Novus for a new winscreen, and was given a ride back to the caravan park. While we waited for a call from Novus Di gave the van a clean up outside to remove the red dust, and David worked on a number of small repairs that had built up in the last couple of weeks. We had planned to change the the anode in the gas hot water heater, but had sent the socket wrench off in the Navara.

We have noticed a large 5th wheeler in the caravan park with a couple of pop-top sections in the roof - a double decker 5th wheeler?

Double decker 5th wheeler

Double decker 5th wheeler

About 10:30 am we got the call that the windscreen replacement was finished, as well as the good news that they would come a pick us up to collect it.

After lunch we drove to the Chinatown area of Broome to look at the sights and check out the shops. We walked through Johnny Chi Lane and Shady Lane whch have the usual tourist shops and clothing shops. We also had a look at the Pearling Lugger display where the last two pearling luggers to operate from Broome are displayed onshore. The Sam Male was originally launched as the Kimberley Male in 1958, so is a year younger than our yacht Moorina. Di had a look in a couple of pearl shops, but thinks that the good stuff is too expensive.

Pearling Lugger display at Broome

Pearling Lugger display at Broome

The Sam Male

The Sam Male

Di with the Sam Male

Di with the Sam Male

Roebuck Hotel built in 1890

Roebuck Hotel built in 1890

Johnny Chi Lane in Chinatown

Johnny Chi Lane in Chinatown

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Day 74 - Wednesday 18 July 2012

Broome

Up early this morning as we had to drop off the Navara for a service at 8:00 am - we have covered more than 10,000 kms since leaving home. We walked from the Nissan Dealer to the Broome Boulevard Shopping Centre which was about 2 kms away - it was quite a pleasant walk as the temperature was still in the low 20s. We had a morning coffee while we waited for the hairdresser to open up for Di's appointment at 9:00 am. No papers yet as they don't come in until about 10:30 am.

While Di was having her hair cut David visited the Telstra Shop to buy an external antenna for the Sierra Aircard that gives us our Bigpond connection. Telstra needed to be convinced that they might in fact have a connector and an external antenna that would suit our purposes - not sure that they had seen a Sierra Aircard before. We also made a visit to the pharmacy for another month of prescription medicines to keep the old crocks going until Darwin. After Di's hair was finished it was time to buy some papers and sit down at the coffee shop, have an early lunch and wait for the call that the Navara was finished.

The call came at 12:30 and it was time to walk back to the Nissan Dealer - the temperature was now in the low 30s and we were pleased that it was only 2 kms. We went for a drive to Cable Beach to check out the area, and on the way back to the caravan park we stopped at the Visitor's Centre to book ourselves in for the Sunset Camel Ride on Cable Beach with Broome Camel Safaris on Saturday starting at 4:10 pm. Back at the caravan park Di settled down to read the papers while David worked on a few minor repairs to the caravan.

No photos today - again!

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