A Travellerspoint blog

August 2010

The Worlds Oldest Garden Picture Theatre

Established in 1916

sunny 33 °C

We went to the movies again last night to see "Bran Nue Dae', mainly because it was mostly filmed in Broome and in this Theatre. The first scene in the movie is the theatre we are in and it is no different. Every place in the movie we have been to even the church with all of the shells. It is really a beautiful place. The movie "Bran Nue Dae" is on every second night at this old theatre and the it is usually a packed house as tourist from everywhere come to visit and watch it here. We loved it.

Picture Theatre Broome

Picture Theatre Broome

Most of our days in Broome begin with an 8 km bike ride to town for good ice coffee and then home again and then we swim, read walk and ride again with a dvd at night time. We meet the neighbours and have a happy hour and cross paths with all of the other gypsies.

Broome Picture Theatre

Broome Picture Theatre

There are a few back packers moving on this week so we have lots of sales in the park e.g. dvd's tv's fridges, tent bla bla bla, all selling for $10 each or less.. Bargains everywhere. How much do we really need???

Sun Theatre Broome original gear

Sun Theatre Broome original gear

We went to the oldest outside picture theatre to se "Letters to Juliette". Lovely movie. We have run out of ozzie BOBS DVD's. Shame we still have six months to go!!! So we splurged and went to the movies. It is called the Sun Theatre and it is in the middle of town. Next to a nightclub and an airport. The movie started at 6.30 and you need to bring a pillow as the chairs are a sling back outdoor design. The movie started and the raffle was drown at the pub next door, the nightclub music was load and the jets kept landing... Funny - but never mind the old theatre had been here first. They just cranked up the vulume and I'm sure everyone in Broome could hear the movie. I must admit I heard every word of the movie for the very first time in years...
Life is pretty good in Broome. I love the temperture and the people and the swimming, walking and bike riding. It is fairly flat and there are great bike rides around the area. In between all that Tony and I read novels, magazines and think about what we might cook for dinner. I can see us living up here for 6 months of the year when we retire. Why not.....Everyone else does....We booked in for at least another week..

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BROOME

lOVE THE PLACE, SHOULD STAY HERE FOREVER??

sunny 30 °C

Love everything about Broome. Love the caravan Park even if it does have over 500 sites. Love the temperature, about 30 degrees during the day and comfortable at night. Pool is great. Love walking along Cable Beach every evening and watching the camels all dressed in their best walking. Love talking to all of the Backpackers who work in the caravan Park. We shouted Johnny from England and Nora from Norway a coffee break today.I was really tempted to go and get a job today.... But why??? Why work???? Tony thought he would fix it and shouted me a lottery ticket!!! He said then we could have a winter house in Broome. Good idea hey!

Broome Campsite

Broome Campsite

Dinasaur footprint on Cable Beach??

Dinasaur footprint on Cable Beach??

Cable Beach Entrance

Cable Beach Entrance

The Red Camels

The Red Camels

Cable Beach Caravan Park Pool

Cable Beach Caravan Park Pool

I just love the Boab Trees - they remind me of me - little chunky in the trunk!

I just love the Boab Trees - they remind me of me - little chunky in the trunk!

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Made it to Broome

enjoying the sea breeze

sunny 35 °C

Last night the whippetts for a Wish guys, entertained us until late. They gave us Claire Valley wine and showed us at least 3 movies on there outdoor theatre gear. What great neighbours they were. It is a shame they are travelling in the other direction....They had a DVD of the Eagles when they last toured as well. The mood was all set for a great night. At the end of the night they pass a tin around to all of the campers for a donatiojn towards "The Make A Wish"fund.

Today we made it to Broome. We have booked into the Cable Beach Caravan Park, but we might move to another in two days. We will see how the lack of shade goes.

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Kununurra to Fitzroy Crossing

650km at 42 degrees

39 °C

Geiki Gorge at Fitzroy Crossing

Geiki Gorge at Fitzroy Crossing

Hot, hot, hot....We left Kununurra at 7 am heading west to a nice shady camp with a pool and grass would be a bonus. We didn't find that untill we made it ti Fitzroy Crossing. A little oasis in the desert. It is home to Geiki Gorge. We wondered down for a walk and saw 1.5 meter fresh crocs swimming around. The ranger said we weren't allowed to swim in the gorge as it is home to a few salties as well. Back to our nice swimming pool.....

1920 Whippets

1920 Whippets

)Our neighbours at the camp site tonight is "Whippets for Wishes" about 12 guys driving Whippets -1920 vintage cars that look a little like Chitty chitty Bang Bang cars. Except they have put corugated iron on for a roof. They come from SA and are doing a 4 week run to raise money for the "make a Wish"campaigne. (raising money for terminaly ill children) Last trip they made $35,000 and they do differect treks every year. It cost each of them $3000 each to be part of the tour and I think they look for sponsors and donations on the way!

raising money for Make a Wish Foundation

raising money for Make a Wish Foundation

Tomorrow we head for Broome. Hopefully it will be a little cooler on the coast and it should be about a 3 to 4 hour run.

Big Bertha is going well and holding together very well. I'm glad I put a fan inside her as it runs all night up this way....

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Rubberneckers Crossing the Boarder

NT to WA

sunny 42 °C

We decided to practise "Rubbernecking" That is the name given to New South Welshmen because their neck is made of rubber as they need to look in all directions at which boarder they cross. Victorians are Mexicans, Qlders are Banana Benders, SA are crows and WA are Sand Gropers. Tas are Twin Headers but I don't know what NT's are??

rubberneckers crossing the boarder

rubberneckers crossing the boarder

We decided to only go as far as Timber Creek yesterday as it was 37 degrees. But Timber Creek didn't take my fancy. It was $25 per night to stop in a dusty, smokey hot hole, so we kept driving in the aircon Bulldozer untill we reach Kununurra WA. We had to go through a check point on the boarder, where a lovely yound gentleman wanted to go through my van! Woops, I should of made the bed. Bad luck now! He asked Tony where the pantry was in Big Bertha? Answer, we don't have one. We were warned about no honey, nuts, cane toads, fruit or vegies where allowed to cross the boarder, so we donated 2 potatoes to the cause. The lovely young bloke wont be getting a feed from us!

Inspecting Big BERTHA for cane toads

Inspecting Big BERTHA for cane toads

We made it to the Big 4 at Lake Kununurra. It has a lovely pool and we booked in here for 3 nights. we have a lovely views of the lake at our front door and a cool breeze flows most of the day.

KUNUNURRA view at Big Berthas Bedroom window

KUNUNURRA view at Big Berthas Bedroom window

Today we went exploring Kununurra. First stop was "Hidden Valley" This is a smaller version of the Bungle Bungles. Next we need to stock up on supplies, so I thought I might find a cask of white wine and see if the rules have changed here. Yes they have, you can buy as many casks of wine as you wish but they are only one litre and they cost about $10 each. No casks for me. No licence is required and this is the rules for the top end of WA. Not untill you get to Port Headland can you buy a bigger cask!!!!!

Lost City

Lost City

Hidden Valley also known as Mirima National Park

boab tree

boab tree

Next stop today was "TFS" Prime Minister Julia opened this place up in May 2010. TFS is leading the world in sustainable Sandlewood supplies. There are 2,450 hectares of Indian Sandlewood established in Kununurra. This is the world's largest plantation. We learnt that heartwood is found at the core of the Sandlewood trunk. It is from this part of the log that the valuable Sandlewood oil is extracted through steam distillation. This famous ingredient then forms the base of some of the world's most famous perfumes including Chanel No5, Cool Water and my favourite Samsara. Growing demand and decreasing supply has seen the average auction price fise from $5,137 in 1991 to $138,000 per tonne in Nov 2008. This represents a compounded price increase in 21 % over the last 17 years. Maybe I should check this company out on the stock market? The government studied this area for 15 years prior to this company being established.

Sandlewood  TFS corporated Ltd

Sandlewood TFS corporated Ltd

Ivanhoe Crossing at Kununurra.

Fitzroy Crossing

Fitzroy Crossing

Kununurra at Sunset

Sunset at Kununurra

Sunset at Kununurra

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