A Travellerspoint blog

September 2010

Coral Bay WA

My next favourite spot after Broome.

sunny 33 °C

Today, Friday 1/10/2010 is our last full day at this beautiful location. It is school holidays in WA and we are half way through them. We managed to get two weeks here even with one of these weeks being school vacation. It is a bit like winning the lottery as families swarm here and have annual holidays here for years. Also there are a bunch of AFS Interculteral Exchange students on Safari here as well. I had a chat with them and they were very impressed that I knew all about the program. Ther is about 30 doing travelling for 16 days from Perth to the national Park about 150 km away. They sleep under a big tarp at night time and all the girls hog the bathroom to make themselve beautiful every morning. Funny what 16 year olds are like....Memories.....

Tomorrow 2/10/2010 we move on to Canarvon.

Back to the old entry of Coral Bay posted 2 weeks ago..........

After happily leaving Karratha behind, we drove for several hours south to a beautiful peace of heaven called Coral Bay.

Me on my noodle bobbing around

Me on my noodle bobbing around


The Ningaloo Reef is swimming distance here and the coral and fish are well worth getting wet for. The town is very small, just a few houses, but there is a very good backpackers accommodation and two huge caravan parks here just accross from the water. There are two grocery shops and half a dozen other shops as well as a hotel motel, all accross the road from the beach.
Coral Bay the best place to swim in WA

Coral Bay the best place to swim in WA

The WA Snapper are plentiful here and they are about half a metre long. They swim next to you and rub against you. They know this is a marine park and they are safe. They are little teasers.

WA Snapper teasing me

WA Snapper teasing me


The water is fantastic to swim in as it is so clear. This is the first place we have actually swum in the Indian Ocean. we've always been a bit worried about stingers, crocs and sharks..... After leaving Cable Beach, Broome, the beach was closed due to a large salt water croc moving in. Barn Hill also had a 3 metre white pointer shark scene cruising around. Coral Bay seems to be very safe as there are little children swimming everywhere. We purchased a swimming noodle each so we could swim accross the coral and not touch it. The weather is beautiful here. 34 C in the day and about 16 c as night. This is a lovely quaint town and next time we come back it will probably be like Noosa QLD. The funniest thing about this place is they have the most fantistic grass. It is a saltine couch that is conditioned to being sprayed with the artesian bore water that the town uses for washing and showering. This water comes from 830 metres deep and produces water that is 65 C. So you have very HOT SALTY water on tap. Not need to boil water to wash up, you just turn on the tap. The grass is sprayed continuously with this water as the sprayers are very fine and by the time the water is sprayed in the air it is cooler so as not to burn the grass. When your walking past these sprayers and they hit your leg with hot water, it is a bit of a shock!! There is drinking water taps supplied also though out the caravan parks. We can only stay here for 5 nights as it is WA's school holidays starting this Saturday for two weeks and the accommodation is already booked out. Shame as we would of loved to stay here for 3 weeks.

Coral Bay

Coral Bay

Tony taking in the view of Coral Bay

Tony taking in the view of Coral Bay

View of Coral Bay Town

View of Coral Bay Town

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Karratha

1537km north of Perth

sunny 29 °C

After leaving Barn Hill we headed south and did an overnight stay at Pardoo Roadhouse. This was comfortable for one night. The roadhouse had a licence restaurant & bar. We met a lovely couple from Bunbury, John & June sure had a few tales to tell and loved to tell us about all the fish they caught and lived on solely for the last 2 weeks but also telling us how difficult it was getting their car and camper out of the place after having jacked knifed the van several times......I didn't even take a photo of Pardoo.

Port Hedland (9)

Port Hedland (9)

Harbour Sign

Harbour Sign


Next stop was Port Hedland. Well what can I say Industy, industry and more industry. We saw Dampier Salt company. Salt everywhere and mining cars, trucks also everywhere. Looked like Kooragang Island just bigger and mightier. We need gas but couldn't find it anywhere. The salesperson at the roadhouse said you wont find gas anywhere in Port Hedland as it is an island. You have one place only to get it until you reach Perth area and that is 15 km away at South Headland????? Off we go as we just stocked the fridge again, to South Hedland. Bingo they had a swap and go service and it was only $34. We thought we would be up for heaps more. We have full tank of diesel & gas, we are happy again....

Dampier Salt

Dampier Salt

Port Hedland has a population of 15,000 people. Very busy harbour, bulk carrier vessels of up to 260,000 tonnes and over 230 metres in length entre here through this narrow entrance adjacent to the main street. We weren't too impressed so decided to move on to Karratha.

Port Hedland (2)

Port Hedland (2)


This is from my window as we travel.............

Karratha was just 40 km down the road anyway. 12,756 population and heaps better shopping centre. About the same size as Jesmond centre. This town is apparently the main business are of this region. The Woodside's North West Shelf venture is off the coast here. (The gas in the ocean) as well as Pilbara Iron and Dampier Salt. All the cars are mostly miners vehicles, the caravan parks are full of these guys living there. I could live in Karratha if I had too, reminds me of Wagga Wagga. Two night will do! Take me to the tourist areas. The weather here is a pleasant 29 degrees.

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Barn Hill Station

200 km south of Broome

overcast 28 °C

After leaving Broome, we ventured south to Barn Hill Station. We had mixed reactions on whether to go there or not as we knew we had to turn off the tarred highway and put Bertha through nine km of red corrugated road (really a 4 wheel drive track would be more to the point!) So we tossed the coin and the queens head said to go!.. A vanny just came out of the track and told us we would be alright, so off we went. We had to open three cattle gates and go through several puddles but the Bull Dozer (nissan Patrol) did us proud and Bertha made it well. The fees started at $10 for a day entry, $15 stay overnight without power and it went up from there. So we went for the $15 version for 2 nights thinkiong we had gas to run the fridge off and solar for the lights. But we run out of gas. So we had to eat 3 days supply of food up. So much for lossing weight hey!
Big Bertha getting Baptised on the track to Barn Hill

Big Bertha getting Baptised on the track to Barn Hill

Barn Hill is situated on Thangoo Station, which is a working cattle station. Alf & Marie Grey purchased Thangoo in 1960. The property is approximately 430,000 acres and stretches 85 kms along the coast between Broome and Port Hedland. The property runs 8,000 head of Brahman cattle which are marketed to the live export trade through the port of Broome.

Barn Hill (2)

Barn Hill (2)

Barn Hill is an eco based Park situated on the pituresque coast . The power is generated on the property. Eachpowered site, and there is about 100 of these,has an idividual overload switch. If you exceed your power limit, your switch will throw out. So no electric kettles, toasters or ovens will work. This is why we wnt for the unpowered site as Bertha never uses electricity for lights as she is hooked to solar power all the time and this is working wonderfully. Absolution block at Barn Hill

Absolution block at Barn Hill

The other great thing about this place was the kitchen at the homestead baked everyday and you could have wonderful home made bread, sausage rolls, lemingtons everyday. The pricesw were very reasonable too.

Wild flowers

Wild flowers

The owners wanted a month off and they were looking for some house sitters.... I was tempted but Tony said there was too much maintenence for him and we may not be able to get Bertha out in a months time if it rained!!!! Bad luck. They would also pay you and that is what scared Tony, thinking there is probably more than just house sitting??

Great place to come back too!

Next top aussi model?

Next top aussi model?

fishing at Barn Hill

fishing at Barn Hill

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Cable Beach Caravan Park

My second Home

sunny 32 °C

Well we have spent over two weeks here, or is it three? So we are staying another week at least.....
I don't want to move. The weather is perfect and very comfortable. Apparently it is the only place that doesn't have rain, wind or coldness.. So sounds like a winner for me. We still ride our bikes for abount 16 km per day, walk along Cable Beach every afternoon and twice a week we go to the outdoor garden theatre. Everyone in the park puts there used books and magazines in a swap spot, so we always have plenty of reading material around for free. The neighbours are all lovely, mostly from the bottom of WA. There are only a handfull from NSW and there are still lots of Victorian Mexicans here. They seem to do the journey every year also and stay for four or five months as well. I suppose it would be good to live here every year with the same neighbours. Apparently you can book the same site if you come annually. The staff are also lovely. Everytime I exit or enter the park on my bike they always put the boom gate up for me (otherwise it is a bit of a stuggle trying ti manoever the three wheels through the gate.)
We also don't have midgees, mosquitoes or ants to worry about and the bonus is the pool is fantastic and the sea breezes are perfect. There isn't much more you need! So yes we are staying for at least another week!

King Tide @ Cable Beach

King Tide @ Cable Beach

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WA stands fro Wait Awhile

NT stands for Not There......

sunny 28 °C

Dont you love the Aussie Slang....

Life is a lot slower over this way. Less stressful I think we have blended in quite well. We Wait Awhile to get served and it doesn't worry me.

If you want a job, just ask anyone and they will point you to the direction.

There are some lovely pommy backpacker (neighbours) near us. They are selling all of there wordly Australia possessions as they are sadly going home to pommy land next friday. I purchased some great DVD's from them for $1 each... Bargain. Petty I don't need more things... Great tent for $5
and TV - that was tempting but I quite enjoy Tony & I reading novels most of the day. It is good to get away from the Noise Box.. so I think they can give it to someone else. The best garage sale in town. There is a bit of competition happening as the Euro backpackers are doing well too.

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