Udialla Springs

31 05 2014
Dragon Flies out on the Fitzroy River

Dragon Flies out on the Fitzroy River

A week out at Udialla Springs with Neville and Jo of Uptuyu was amazing. Only 200km from Broome and on the Fitzroy River was our first adventure on part two of our journey. This wasn’t a sight seeing/tourist stop for us but a WWOOF stop. Our favourite times last year were the farms and work we did so that was how we wanted to begin.

Once again we were blown away with meeting wonderful people. Neville, Jo and their two children were such a pleasure to be with and we were privileged to hear many stories from Neville about the days of his pearl diving career. He was one of the last divers to use the hard hat! Neville now runs Aboriginal adventure tours and shared some of his wisdom and experience from his Indigenous culture.

Stephen fixed a few cars, washing machines, fridges while the kids floated about between doing school work with me, clearing out a shed with the other WWOOFers and having afternoon cool offs in the river. We tried our hand at a spot of fishing for barramundi (with no luck), although while we were there someone did catch a few and left one for us all to share. In usual fashion Jo cooked an amazing dinner and I for one enjoyed my FIRST barramundi ever.

Dan’s favourite moment was being allowed to join with tracking down a bull to kill and then Nev butchered it and cooked some ribs over a fire. Another favourite moment was a scrummy Mother’s Day lunch provided by Nick who visited us from Broome. That evening was our last evening at Udialla and we shared many a laugh and again we feel we have left good friends. As we left on the Monday morning I felt so full of gratitude as our lives are  enriched with wonderful friendships across our beautiful country.

Thanks Jo & Nev – we hope to see you guys again some day 🙂

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Dan trying ever so hard to catch a mighty barra

Dan trying ever so hard to catch a mighty barra

We could say this was our catch … but it wasn't - eating it we enjoyed all the same!

We could say this was our catch … but it wasn’t – eating it we enjoyed all the same!

Dan & Stephen helping with the butchering

Dan & Stephen helping with the butchering

Neville explaining his land to us all

Neville explaining his land to us all

This area of the springs looked like it was from Lord of the Rings

This area of the springs looked like it was from Lord of the Rings

Our camp on our last morning here

Our camp on our last morning here

The safari tents.  Tash & Lily got to stay in one of these during our stay.

The safari tents. Tash & Lily got to stay in one of these during our stay.

The boys loving Ida

The boys loving Ida

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