We were up early this morning, showered, breakfasted and away, just like everyone else at Sandfire Roadhouse.
First stop for morning coffee was the Stanley Rest Area. This was another council designated free camping area and it looked very well set-up. Toilets, dump point, under-cover areas with concrete floors, mini barbeques, and even several concrete pads for caravans. There was still a bit of water around but that wasn’t stopping the dozen or so caravans, motor-homes and campervans that were there when we stopped. Somewhere worthwhile stopping at if we are back this way again.
After a cup of coffee and cake, we headed back along the Great Northern Highway. We did a quick drive around the Goldwire Rest Area which again had toilets, dump point, undercover areas, etc. Still some water around but also plenty of travellers enjoying the surroundings. We would definitely consider a few nights here – in dry weather.
We stopped for lunch at the Roebuck Plains Rest Area, which is just a rest area and we wouldn’t stay there.
Finally we turned left off the Great Northern Highway onto the Broome Road for the final 30 kms or so to our overnight destination. Right away the extent of the recent rains is obvious, with water still by the sides of the road and very recent grading on both sides of the road.
Our destination was the Broome Caravan Park. We quickly found our spot, parked the fiver, got set up with awning and floor matting, and sat down to relax. What a fantastic spot this is, and so very much different to the red dust we have been living with for much of this trip. Shorts, thongs and a t-shirt in a tropical environment sure beats jeans, muddy boots and a rain jacket. Ann couldn’t wait and everything was washed by 5.00 o’clock.
We might have to stay here for a few months!
This post is late as I had to choose between updating the blog or taking Ann out for a barramundi dinner. Dinner won and it was fantastic.