Travels to Broome

16 10 2013
Tune out the background and gaze upon this beauty!

Tune out the background and gaze upon this beauty!

Leaving the Pilbara and travelling to Broome was only going to take us a couple of days.  We left the Pilbara last September and begun the journey to Broome wanting to spend our first night in Port Hedland.  After a very early morning and emotions high after farewelling our station friends and my parents at Paraburdoo airport we decided to call it a day early and stop at a free camp.  We checked out one location.  It was lovely and quiet off the main road but high on a mountain and in the full blow of the winds that were strong that day.  We had lunch there and decided to move on and check out the next one.  Waiting to turn safely back onto the main road a road train went past us and BANG – a rock was flicked up and smashed Natasha’s window!  Thankfully the tint on the window held it all together.

After a restful stop off the main road further on we travelled onto Port Hedland, set up in the golf club car park and ordered ourselves a window from Perth.  Overnight freight was what we were led to believe but upon the next day it became apparent it wouldn’t be there till after the weekend – so we settled in for a further five days in Port Hedland.  It has a K-mart which is more than we’ve had in a long time shopping wise and the staff at the golf club were very friendly with a son that our boys had a wonderful time with.  The local pool was also a hit.  We also met some lovely other travellers and helped them with their car problems, shared a meal together and enjoyed “real” coffee from their coffee machine.

Monday morning the window arrived, Stephen quickly fit it and back on the road we were!  We drove on to Sandfire Roadhouse and were pleasantly surprised by the diverse wildlife.  Stephen tried making friends with the camel and the cows plus the huge array of peacocks – a huge hit with the kids.  The white peacock was amazing and I think one of the most beautiful sights I’d seen.  It was totally mesmerising, majestic and even angelic.  Another plus to Sandfire Roadhouse was their bathroom.  We voted and agreed it would have to have the best showers we had had on the trip to date!  It had a real glass swing door between the shower and your change area …. your clothes don’t get wet!  Plus they were spotlessly clean.  It’s the simply things like shower screens and beautiful birds that put a smile on our face …. so Sandfire had us smiling 🙂

The next day we finally arrived in Broome and we’re still here …..

First night - free camping - back on track

First night – free camping – back on track

This little guy hung around for a couple of days in Port Hedland

This little guy hung around for a couple of days in Port Hedland

Enjoying a lovely cold lemon lime and bitters at the golf club

Enjoying a lovely cold lemon lime and bitters at the golf club

Stephen nervously tried making friends

Stephen nervously tried making friends

Is he mustering up a huge spit?

Is he mustering up a huge spit?

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Making friends with the other locals

The majestic peacocks

The majestic peacocks

Giving the peacocks a feed

Giving the peacocks a feed

Butterflies!

Butterflies!

Getting closer to the tropics of Broome ...

Getting closer to the tropics of Broome …

 

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3 responses

17 10 2013
Lorna

Oh boy Oh boy, that white peacock!! I think “angelic” comes pretty close. Simply stunning! And Kermit to keep you company….what more could you ask? Hope Steve’s working on his golf swing as you soak in the perfect perfume of the Frangipani (my personal fave).
Look forward to your blogs – keep them coming!
Love & blessings
L xxx

17 10 2013
Sue

What is it with Port Hedland! Everyone we know who travels through there has a story, usually one which requires a few extra days stay. Glad to see you back on the road for a while. Enjoy.

17 10 2013
Hit the Track

It’s one of those places most would choose not to stay unless you have to …. no offence to Port Hedland 🙂

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