Where are we now?

Where are we now?
Where are we now? Tahmoor, NSW. Updated 7th December 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day 133. 80 Mile Beach to Barn Hill Station

Sunday Roast!

It was an early pack up, as we had to drive about 230km this morning to ‘Barn Hill Station’. We were on the road by 8am, and on the way out on the 18km driveway, we passed a number of large bulls that we barely missed.

Feral camels on the side of the road
40km later and we stopped at ‘Sandfire Roadhouse’, where we paid another $1.87 per litre for diesel. About half an hour later we noticed a group of cars on the side of the road, so we slowed down thinking the worst, as it was probably a road accident or something.

 We were very relieved and just as excited when we noticed about 14 x camels in the scrub at the side of the road. Everyone had stopped to take photo’s, so we decided to do the same. Scarlett was very impressed that she had finally seen her first wild camels.

Our camp - we are the last caravan on the right of the photo

Hours later we arrived at Barn Hill Station. Barn Hill is actually situated on Thangoo Station, which as previously mentioned is a working cattle station. The property is approximately 430,000 acres and stretches 85kms along the coast between Broome and Port Hedland. The property runs 8,000 head of Brahman cattle which are marketed to the live export trade through the port of Broome. They are in a bit of a jam at the moment with the announcement recently that Australia has ceased all live export trade.

A shower under the stars....
A dunny under the sun...

We set up camp and soon discovered that we have very limited internet and phone access, so as of today I have also been uploading the last 11 days worth of blogs, so if you go back to day 123; you can catch up on what we have been up to these last two weeks.

home sweet home

This is an amazing bit of coastline. The beaches are beautiful and as we discovered tonight, the sunsets are breathtaking. Scarlett has found a number of other kids that she met at previous parks and campgrounds, so she is in heaven at the moment.

Scarlett took a photo of us at sunset

Overlooking the beach at sunset

This place put on a three course Sunday Roast tonight (for $15 a head – and $5 for kids), so we took full advantage and joined in. We had fresh vegetable soup for entrée, roast beef with veg & gravy for dinner, and finished off with fruit and ice cream for dessert. Scarlett loved the ice cream so much she went back up for seconds! Its been ages since she last had a tub of real icecream, so she knew when to take advantage.

Live music was provided with dinner by a band from the local aboriginal community. They weren't bad at all, and the kids got up and danced the night away. They ended up running themselves ragged, so when it was time for bed, they didn't complain.... much!

Bec met up with an older couple who helped us out with our fishing tackle back at 80 Mile Beach just a day or two ago, so she has arranged to go fishing with them tomorrow morning. She really is 'hooked'.

Who knows…. Maybe we will behaving fish for dinner tomorrow night….

posted by Shane

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