Sunday, 7 September 2008

Broome to Exmouth

AKA the most boring drive in Australia, so far yet.  Seriously, the road from Broome to Exmouth is very tedious.  There is nothing to look at.  Port Hedland is a mining/export town.  Karatha is pretty much the same.  There are a couple of "historical settler" towns and some pretty islands off the coast, but the road is inland so you have to go out of your way to see anything, even the crap towns sometimes. 

We have covered over 1300kms in two days, that's a lot of driving.  We swap over every 100-150kms to share the pain/boredom and we are getting through a lot of MP3s (thanks SJ!).

We also made a decision not to go to Karijini NP as we are fully "gorged out" and understand that is all there is, plus its a >400kms round trip to do it.  Also the Pilbara region is vast and I am sure has lots to look at and do if you have the time and the money for fuel.  Western Australia is big by the way.  I saw a map of Germany, UK and Japan overlaid onto WA and I reckon they would all fit into WA three times over.  That's three times each country, just to fill the state of WA!

So we are now in Yardie Creek Homestead (friendly Land Rover owners that run it!) waiting for tomorrow so we can get access to Cape Range NP.  The NP is home to Ningaloo Reef, one of only a few west coast reefs apparently.  You can snorkel, swim with the whale sharks and fish from your campsite near the beach and there is always a mad rush for the campsites so we have been told, so we are getting an early night ready to battle it out with some grey nomads tomorrow!  Can't wait.

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