I do like a good museum and often you’ll find stories that really explain the culture of a region. One of my favourites is the Katherine Museum and the story of its flying doctor. Another is Cooktown with its impressive collection from each era of its past including Captain Cook’s unexpected layover here when the Endeavour was holed on the Great Barrier Reef. Port Hedland Historical Society too, has a ripper little museum and it is there that I read this story: “Local aviator Len Taplin was once stuck in Broome and, desperate to get back to Hedland to keep … Continue reading Hysterical Societies
Apr, 2015, New Norcia, WA After a summery breakfast in the paddock campground at New Norcia Monastery in Western Australia, Dee does a fair job of ironing his fingers in the awning arm but quick thinking on Woody’s behalf sees him grab a wine bottle cooler sleeve from the freezer and shove Dee’s hand into it, the swelling soon goes down. Once again there’s that old adage of everything on the van must have two uses including the freezer. Continue reading Everything must have two uses
May 2015, Cape Range, WA The sign in the Cape Range National Park says that we may see Euros. Do they mean small marsupials or young backpackers in clapped out Wicked Campers? Continue reading Euros eh?
June 2015, Kununurra, WA On our Kimberley tour we are picked up by bus from Kununurra, WA and taken out to Lake Argyle 70 kilometres away. Lake Argyle was completed in 1971 and is roughly the size of 20 Sydney Harbours, … Continue reading The Only Constant is Change
Mar 2015, Esperance, WA Esperance is a very windy town. It seems that everyone has a saying for Esperance. “Windy all ways”. “You’ve gotta pick your days at Esperance, there’s only one”. Yet apart from all of this cheek it is a stunningly beautiful spot and the ocean views are purely magical. Perhaps its got something to do with that wind? Continue reading Esperance
Autumn 2015 When we arrived in Exmouth we wondered why the town looked so modern but it was only established in the 1960’s with the arrival of US naval operations yet its history goes back much further. The Vlamingh Head lighthouse was built in 1912. It was named after Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh who along with so many Dutch navigators visited this coast back in 1697. There were military bases in the area in World War Two. Qantas later used Learmonth Air Base as a fuel stop on its Ceylon route to London in 1945. In 1953 oil was … Continue reading A long history but the town came last
March 2015 We’re camped in the northern beachside suburbs of Perth and preparing for our trip up the West Coast. The Karrinyup Waters Resort Caravan Park in Gwelup is without a doubt the nicest city park that we’ve stayed in. There are lakes to stroll around a quality supermarket nearby and although the park is quiet it’s only a short drive to pick up the freeway into the city. ….A 4WD complete with kid’s bikes on the roof drives out of the van park with a very long orange electrical lead dragging behind, I guess someone forgot to unplug their … Continue reading Guess Who Bought a Waeco?
2015, somewhere near Cocklebiddy on the Nullarbor Plain Last night we had to operate on our toilet. It appears that the rough Fowlers Bay road dislodged the seal slightly causing it to smell like a urinal at the MCG, on Grand Final Day. Continue reading Mastering Chemical Toilets
Capes Naturaliste and Leeuwin In the south west corner of Western Australia, best described by Easterners as the Margaret River region are two similar lighthouses. On the northern tip near fashionable Dunsborough is Cape Naturaliste. The lighthouse here is 20 … Continue reading Compare the Capes
2015 Up on the Irwin River lookout at Dongara, WA we stare at the ti trees on the opposite bank and wonder why they are white. What does that sign say? Oh, a cormorant rookery. Continue reading A Good Paint Job