Great weather was forecast for Broome today, and even better further east. It was time to move on so we headed east along the Great Northern Highway.
Several things struck us about today’s drive, including:
- Cattle – there were many more cattle along the road today than we had seen previously, although very little in the way of road kill. They must breed them smarter in this neck of the woods.
- Ant Hills – they were everywhere in all sorts of shapes and sizes from football size to distorted sumo wrestler size to cattle size and even cemetery headstone size.
- Roadworks – there was plenty of activity on the roads and we had to stop and wait several times. There were massive graders, huge side operating tip trucks, and other machines cutting the grass and clearing bush on the sides of the road.
- Single Lane Bridges – we crossed over two single lane bridges which surprised us considering the amount of traffic on Highway 1, and the disruption they caused to traffic flow.
First stop for the day was the Nillibubbica Rest Area. Another designated free camp with a maximum 24 hour stay, this was well set up with undercover shelter, toilet, dump point, and space for plenty of travellers. Great spot.
The Boab Rest Area was similar and would be a great place to stop. We wanted to get a few more miles under our belt so we just had a quick meal break but there were others already setting up for the rest of the day and night. Highlight of this particular rest area was the huge Boab tree in the centre.
Our final destination was the Ellendale Rest Area, which is about 90 kms East of Fitzroy Crossing. Although we arrived at around 2.30 pm space was already at a premium and we were probably the second last van in for the night. But what a spot this is! We set up the awning and spent a very relaxing afternoon in absolutely perfect weather conditions (mid 20s, slight breeze, great views and a magnificent sunset).
Still living the dream!!!!!