After a great breakfast with Mick and Reema we headed off for the Dampier Penisular not knowing what to expect.
The first 90kms is pretty rough with the road being narrow in some spots and then wide as and below the tree line. Corrugations, soft sand and dips. We finally got to the black top and headed into Beagle Bay - managed to pump up 3 tyres but the compressor decided that it wasnt going to cooperate on the 4th tyre, b*****.
Arriving at the much anticipated Beagle Bay was a bit disappointing as other than the church you couldnt go anywhere.
So we headed off to Middle Lagoon - the 33kms road in had its challenges with rains recently fallling and the very narrow road for the first few Kms and of course passing 2 vehicles a car towing a boat and a 4wd on that part of the road. The next stretch was a 2kms roller coaster ride with water in every dip, the last 10kms in were muddy patches and lots of exposed rock.
We finally arrived to find the door bell was the dog barking and out from the bus that caretaker came out - he asked me if I like his door bell.
We found a great spot away from the few campers and had a magnificent view water, under a great shady tree. The campsite is well set up and we had water. We set ourselves up for the night with our new tent beds and using the duvalays.
The next day we decide we will stay another night to enjoy the peace and the beautiful beach which we pretty well had to ourselves.
Mal got working on the compressor and YAH fixed it works like a new one.
We then headed to Lombadina our base for the next 3 nights.
Next day we headed to Lombadina community and bought some amazing bread that they bake 3 times a week. We drove down onto the prisitine white beach and had a swim, we had the whole beach to ourselves except for some locals who came down with their fishing spears one group going to one end and the other group to the other end of the beach, the story is that the community that once was one became two after the two brothers had a fight and each brother run their patch, they never mingle.
We then went to One Arm Point and visited the allowed swimming beach, boat ramp which is quite unique as it is a natural ramp - that part of the coast line is very rocky except for the one patch - thus the boat ramp. the next stop was the lookout which was absolutely stunning and the tide was running so fast - we find out later that it runs around 30-40knotts - dangerous. We get to our final destination being the Trochus Hatchery and this was spectacular with touch pool, tanks full of beautiful coral, fish, turtles and one barramundi that I fed - both the guide and Mal thought it was very funny as this thing took off like a missile through the water and snatched the fish from my hand - needless to say I jumped about 3 foot. HAHA they knew it was coming - I didn't.
We headed to the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm and had an amazing lunch.
The next day we went into Kooljaman and whilst it is a great set up for tourists it was very commercial. After a nice cool iced coffee we headed off to have a look at the allowed walking pathway, viewing the western beach, lighthouse and safe swimming beach. The beach was lovely with clear water for as long as you could see.
We headed back to Cygnet Bay for another great lunch and met local Bruce Wiggans - he is a local who sells his polished shell in the farm and also is a guest guide for the tourists who go on the boat cruises, he came and sat and chatted with us for about 40mins giving some local history and his life story - quite a character with a great sense of humor and wise old healer.
On the Friday morning we headed back into Broome and looking forward to catching with Lauren, Jason and of course our beautiful grandson Jack.
Check out the photos from this leg of our adventure.
Alida and Mal