Off the Gibb and back to reality. We needed some power and Internet. Topped up again with fruit and vegetables and a lovely lunch with Kay and Ian, we left Derby and headed to a freecamp along the road towards Broome that had been recommended to us by neighbours at Windjana. Tumble Goodine was its name, a bush camp on a property off a side road on the Fitzroy River a few kilometres up the road from Willare.
Opening the gate to this place gave me a few doubts as to what it was going to be like. The road in had been churned up by people coming in to fish on the property and having fun in the recent wet, so this made the road very interesting to manouvre through. I didn’t enjoy this drive at all as it also had a few ups and downs that weren’t that friendly. Murray had to get out several times to clear tree branches off the path in front of us and walk ahead to find the path between overgrown trees. I kept telling him there was no way through but he’d find one. There were fences down and barbed wire on the track. We arrived at the spots we were told about. They were way too isolated for me and near the river where there was a resident salt water croc, so we were told. The bush land was thick so I felt it was not that safe for a fire. Murray took a look around, checked my face and said maybe it was better to move on if I wasn’t going to rest easy here. Phew! No photos we taken here as I wasn’t keen and Murray wasn’t real impressed with me, just use your imagination.
Back out we went with me gritting teeth all the way. Further up the road, about 100kms from Broome, we found Nullibubicca Rest Area and pulled in there. Down by a fence was a lovely quiet spot so we set up for the night. A few other cars pulled in near us and we met two backpackers who had been picking fruit in Orange on their trip, then met Emma and Christina from England whom we quickly began chatting with, even inviting them to join us for happy hour, our shout, as they had no fridge with them. Really lovely and friendly girls, 21 & 23, with good heads on their shoulders. They were waiting here a few days to hear about a job in Mataranka which they had applied for. A couple of days after we left they messaged us to let us know they were successful. Well done to them. Murray admitted we were lucky to have come here in the end, much more friendly than the other spot and we met these two girls.
We arrived on Friday 17th June to another hot day in Broome, although the temperatures had dropped to low thirties mostly and the nights were cooling off to 18s, which was good for us as the past month had mostly been 37 with lows of 25. Tarangau Caravan Park was well set out with clean ammenities and the sites were shady enough. Our site was powered and we weren’t crowded by our neighbours as we were at the end of a row and facing a different direction.
Heading out for a look around we went to Cable Beach first. The water was that lovely turquoise and the sand was white. It looked like a postcard with the red rocks of the Gantheaume Point in the background. Sunset would be lovely here so we would come back for that. We went for a walk down at the Port where road trains were delivering livestock for export. Part of the jetty was being refurbished so we couldn’t walk right out but it was a lovely view back to the beaches and points. Gantheaume Point was just beautiful, everywhere we looked there was a myriad of colour with all the rocks, sky and water surrounding the point. Murray decided that we would come here for a sunset and happy hour the next night. After getting the rest of our groceries we returned to the camper for dinner.
Saturday we got up early as usual and headed to the Courthouse markets, we were hoping to meet Kay and Ian there as they were arriving in Broome that morning, and we did. There were plenty of goodies and wares being sold, from handmade to commercial, this market had it all. Of course, I beelined for the homemade goodies and Kay and I enjoyed taste testing all the chutneys, pickles, dukkahs and sauces as well as smelling all the candles and soaps. I had to be careful because anything I purchased had to make it back home yet. Murray and Ian had a bit of a look around but were still in the same spot we had left them when we returned. All of us enjoyed some morning tea with fresh ground coffee for Ian, Kay and Murray and handmade lemongrass and mint tea for me. We returned to our caravan park for lunch and then did some sightseeing with the Powers. Murray was the guide as we had already seen quite a bit the day before on our little tour and he impressed Ian with his intake and bearings of the local surroundings.
That evening we returned to Gantheaume Point for our sunset happy hour with Ian and Kay. We had our wine, beer, nibblies and cameras ready for a great time and it was, with plenty of laughs shared, photos taken and memories made. We met a lovely young lady there, Megan, who was into photography and happily gave the men tips on angles and lighting. Plenty of people made their way down to this spot and it didn’t disappoint anyone with a spectacular sunset that evening.
Sunday, 19th June, my birthday. I am so lucky to have been in such a special part of the country for my birthday this year. It was a far cry from the sad one of last year as I had lost my beautiful mum on the 17th, two days before. Mum and dad had both been on my mind over the past few weeks (8 years on 4th since I lost dad) and I often wonder if they are enjoying this journey of ours from above as they are with me in my heart everyday. Nothing planned for today I just wanted to relax, do some blogging and talk to our boys on FaceTime. It was made even better though as I not only saw the boys but Kev, Bec and Allira too and I got some lovely surprise phone calls from Scott and Kylie and several family and friends which I hadn’t expected. An afternoon dip was enjoyed at Cable Beach and Kay and Ian had organised a birthday cake and drinks at their van for that afternoon, another thoughtful surprise. Dinner was at Zanders on Cable Beach where I got to enjoy some excellent barramundi with my wonderful husband. All in all a very special and relaxing day. What a life.
Monday, 20th we said farewell to Kay and Ian yet again but knew we would run into them while on the West Coast somewhere. We headed back to Derby to stay for five nights as we had our Horizontal Falls trip on the 21st and our niece Bethany and family were arriving on the 24th on their way to the Gibb River Road.
Till next time, cheers. Xo