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4 nights in Broome at the Kimberly Klub (KK) backpackers (resort); 6 bed dorm $24.95 pn. Very well laid out; great pool by the bar and fair-sized kitchen; upper and lower decks among the palm trees for accommodation; drinks reasonably priced for once.
Arrived on Thursday night before Easter and caught up with Eri and Stefan. A Dutch girl and a french-Canadian girl from Kalbarri were also there - we had a few drinks for old times sake.
Went down to the Roey pub for the wet T-shirt competition. Eri got there too late to register - bugger! (remember her snorkelling photo?) The place was absolute chaos and a nightmare to get a drink from either of the bars... Not too many places to party in ole Broome Town. Eri, Stefan and I decided to go back to the KK for a nightcap and a late night swim to cool off.
Sadly Eri was booked back to Perth on the Greyhound Friday morning; $400 and a 38 hour trip - my sympathies... We had our farewells until we meet again on the east coast, early May. I had to do the right thing and offer her a place to stay and my guide services of course. We exchange email addresses and telephone numbers.
Temps in Broome were reasonable 36-38, but the humidity was a killer at 87% +. Just felt like you were sitting there dripping! The pool was well used as I contemplated what mischief could be had. Booked accommodation in Derby and bus tour Broome and possibly a seaplane flight to the Horizontal Waterfalls in Talbot Bay on the Buccaneer Archipelago.
Did a number of drives around town to see all of the CGI buildings and Chinatown, plus Town Beach and of course Cable Beach. Tried to catch Staircase to the moon a couple nights and got some photos, but the moon was waning, or is that waxing?
Broome is not a big place, but has a good shopping centre, plenty of tourist traps, a 90 year old outdoor theatre, heaps of diverse history and is interesting to wander through.
Time for washing again on Sunday. Monday morning joined a tour of Broome and got all of the local stories/history, a free sample of Matso's boutique brewery ginger beer (3.5%) and bought a middy of mango beer (5.7%); both very nice, but sadly we had to move on!
Got back to KK about midday and tried to ready myself to get on my bike after a three day rest. Not looking forward to donning the gear in the humidity. Finally made the plunge and when I was on the road, it was quite reasonable - nothing to sook about at all really.
The road was the Savannah Way enroute to Cairns, but that may be another day! Plenty of big brahmans laying on the side of the road bloated and with their little leggies stuck out at funny angles. Another good reason why not to travel at night!
Stopped at Willare Roadhouse, the downstream crossing of the Fitzroy. No PULP or ULP available, despite it being a roadhouse. Never rely on fuel being available, irrespective of what the pretty symbols on your map tell you. This time one ULP pump was out of order and the other pump had a sign on it, "Emergency supplies only". Fuel pumps can also fail in the heat of the day and there may not be a mechanic on hand to fix them... It can be a case of Murphy's Law.
Closer into Derby the boab trees began to appear more often. Just before Derby there is a boab prison tree preserved.
Arrived in Derby about 15:30; a smaller town than Broome and on the edge of huge, low tidal flats. Derby Lodge motel is very clean and well serviced, if not a little exy. Was advertised in other places as a backpackers, but it is not anymore. Something else to check before leavinbg the previous town and while making bookings; but all's good! gathered some vital necessities from the grocer and the bottle-o! Already for tomorrow's treat for the whole trip - a seaplane trip to Talbot Bay for an overnighter at the Horizontal Waterfalls! Wahoo!!!