From the farm, we drove to Port Hedland. We quickly saw that there wasn’t much going on there. Karratha also wasn’t really worth the detour (500km in total). We continued our journey toward Broome. On the other hand, Eighty Mile Beach would be worth staying overnight. The name already suggests it, 80-mile beach. An incredibly long stretch of beach. Very beautiful! The campsite was very quiet and pleasant. We enjoyed the beautiful Western Australian sunset on the beach for the first time in a long while. These always amaze us. We played a game and went to bed early.
We had high expectations of Broome. The Lonely Planet spoke promisingly about this city, and we also heard many good things from locals. Ely’s brother had also lost his heart here. After we had booked our campsite and done the laundry, we went into the city center. I saw it right away. Too big, too typically Australian?! No, we really didn’t like it. We visited Matso’s brewery and saw a beautiful sunset at Cable Beach. This beach is known for the camels with tourists passing by. Nice, but not our thing. We were immediately warned; we were now in crocodile land! The day before our arrival, a crocodile had been spotted. So we had to be careful!
The next morning we packed up and headed towards The Dampier Peninsula. Cape Leveque is the furthest point of this. We had to brave 200 km of unsealed road to get there. Sem, Ely’s brother, worked there a few years ago in Kooljaman. A resort and campsite at Cape Leveque. We wanted to visit here. We made a beautiful but bumpy route through the red sand. Beautiful! Arriving at Kooljaman, we booked a night at the campsite. A fantastic view, but quite expensive for what you get. We had the feeling it was a bit of a faded glory. We decided to drive down the beach with our car. We deflated our tires to 18 psi and set off. Quite exciting, as we had never driven on sand and/or in the dunes before. It went pretty smoothly, and we really enjoyed it! Arriving, well, you can’t really call it parking on such a big beach all by ourselves, we parked our car. Ely attempted to fish, but not much was caught. So we decided to snorkel! Not a single fish in sight, pity! But the feeling of being alone on a large beach was just fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
The following day we drove on and, by chance, came across the Pearl Farm at Cygnet Bay. There was a beautiful infinity pool, and we could see the Staircase To The Moon the next day. This natural phenomenon occurs when the full moon rises when it is low tide and ‘mudflats’ are visible. Very special and only visible in this region. We decided to stay for two days. We booked ourselves a safari tent by the water. We enjoyed a relaxing day by the pool and had a lovely evening on our terrace with a beautiful sunset and a bottle of red wine. Before we went to bed, I wanted to go to the bathroom. Three bright green tree frogs were in our bathroom! Those creatures give me the creeps! Ely quickly closed the ‘door,’ but I was not entirely at ease. Luckily, we had a good night’s sleep! The next morning, thankfully, two frogs had already disappeared, but one was still among our soaps. A kind gentleman from housekeeping quickly removed this last creep from our bathroom.
The Staircase To The Moon was beautiful! We were pleased to have stayed an extra day for it. The next day it was time to drive back to Broome. We did our shopping and stayed one more night at a campsite with a wonderful swimming pool.
X Inez & Ely