We have now driven over 8000km and are in Broome, WA. On the way , we have met many great people, the desperate and dateless males keep trying to attach themselves to us on all the trips but Pam has not succumbed yet! On the way we had a 4W tour of the Bungle Bungles, an amazing group of horizontal striped dome-shaped mountains. We walked in the echidna chasm and almost walked on a death adder. We all sang our hearts out in the echoing cathedral dome, much to everyones amusement.
next day was our worse so far! A very large red male (kangaroo) jumped out and attacked Sam and dented all his front. It frightened us to death as well! Thank goodness , he was still drivable and our insurance covered the damage. We were so upset and drove to Fitzroy crossing and decided to drown our sorrows and ate a huge roast dinner (not to mention the box that Pam secretly filled for our lunch next day!)
Our next trip was Windjana gorge and tunnel creek, where we waded through knee-deep water with torches looking at rock formations, stalachtites and fossils etc, to a beautiful gorge with lots of fresh water crocs. We had a lovely open air lunch with tressle tables, blue cloths etc , set up by our friendly guide and returned in time for happy hour. During the night , we had our first rainfall for 6 wks and everyone was really fed up! It continued all day but we decided we must go and look at the famous Geikie gorge on the way to Broome. We rather wished we hadn't, as even though we had our macs on we still got soaked. Our sandals were caked in sticky mud, that we found hard to remove. We drove west to Broome along the Great northern Hwy that is almost straight the whole way.
Yesterday, we went on a city tour of Broome and finished with famous sunset camel ride along Cable beach. It was great but we thought we would be walking bow-legged for the rest of our holiday. Sam has now been checked over, bumper fixed and we have been reassured that he will take us all the way to perth with no problems. Thank goodness as we really didn't want to lose him!
We have now found out from others that we have been very lucky to see so many wonderful places as the rain has now closed a lot of roads from Darwin to Broome, incl the Gibb river road, bungle bungles, tunnel creek and many more.
Today, we finished our sightseeing in Broome and then went to the beach for a spot of sunbathing. We sat down, ready to watch the sunset, looked to our left and right to find that no-one else was wearing any clothes!! Nobody told us that this was the nudist beach but we found the "Broome moon" without any problem!
Tomorrow ,we are heading south to Exmouth and eventually Perth............