Tom Price to Exmouth

6 July 2002 Tom Price is a mining town in the Pilbara. It was not as cold Karajini, but it was not much warmer either.  When we rose at 6.00 a.m. to break camp, there was a lot of birdlife in the caravan park, including noisy mynahs, spinifex pigeons and corellas. After dropping the trailer…

Karajini to Tom Price

4 July—5 July 2002 Our last day at Karajini National Park involved a day trip to Kalamina Gorge, which was the easiest gorge to walk down.  We went as far as the arch, and lay around sun baking within view of it.  The rock patterns were endlessly fascinating.  Every three metres one of us would…

Karajini day 2

3 July 2002 On our second day at Karajini National Park day we headed out to Weano Gorge, some 43 km away along well-graded but very dusty, gravelly, and somewhat corrugated roads.  We followed the path to Handrail Pool, which was as impossibly beautiful as it was slippery.  We managed to avoid falling into the…

Karajini day 1

2 July 2002 On our first day at Karajini National Park, we visited Dales Gorge.  It was a wonderful experience coming across one of the gorges in the park for the first time.  They have been cut into a plateau that was fashioned from sediments deposited in an ancient seabed some 2,500 million year ago. …

Cape Keraudren to Karajini

28 June–1 July 2002 We chose Cape Keraudren as our next stop rather than Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park, because it seemed likely to be a more interesting camping proposition.  Our guidebook had forewarned us that there was no wood to be had on the Cape, but fires were permitted, so after a few hours…

Cape Leveque to Broome

26 June 2002 On our last morning in Cape Leveque we broke camp, packed everything back into the Toyota and drove to Lombadina to refuel.  This looked like an interesting stop so we paid the entry fee and went to the local arts and craft shop where Susie bought some beads made from tamarind seeds. …

Cape Leveque day 2

25 June 2002 Due to the vast differences in sea level between low and high tides in the West Kimberley region, there is simply no water to swim in at low tide on Cape Leveque. As it happened, however, the tides were timed perfectly during our visit. So on our second day there, we went…

Broome to Cape Leveque

24 June 2002 We woke as early as we could on Monday morning.  Susan and I drove into town, where we picked up our hire car.  It was a cherry red Toyota Rav4, a small automatic four-wheel drive. It was somewhat too small considering we needed to pack a tent and an esky, but we…

Broome days 4—7

Thurs 20 June 2002—Sunday 23 June On Thursday we had a business day.  In the morning I went into town and tended to the shopping and email. I also reunited a phone book with its owner. I had found it on the beach the day before, and with a bit of educated guesswork and a…

Broome day 3

19 June 2002 We began the day at Cable Beach, which is a vast expanse of powdery white sand set against an aqua blue sea.  We found some scanty shade up near the dunes and went for a swim.  Due to the wide variation in the sea level between tides, we had to wade out…

Broome days 1 and 2

16—18 June 2002 When we arrived in Broome, we stopped at the information centre and found that the accommodation options were more limited than we expected, as the tourist season was in full swing.  We opted for Tarangau Caravan Park at the far end of Cable Beach. It took us a while to set up…

Curtin Detention Centre

16 June 2002 On the morning of our visit to Curtin Immigration Detention Centre we all donned clean clothes and I shaved my beard off.  We pulled out of Derby Caravan Park, refueled, and set out along the highway towards Broome. We stopped at the Prison Tree just outside of Derby.  This unhappy monument is…