snap.

windjana gorge is the first and one of the most accessible gorges along the gibb river road. the road from derby is actually mostly sealed, and the unsealed parts are not too bad either. the camp ground, even though it classifies as a bush camp, is nothing short of luxurious: warm showers and flushing (!)…

radio silence.

tomorrow we’ll start our trip along the infamous gibb river road. 700 kms of dirt road through the outest of outbacks with river crossings and corrugations deep enough to swallow a car and trailer. or so they say. worst of all, however, and this is no joke: there is no mobile coverage and no internet.…

a vertical view of the horizontal falls.

one of the great sights of the north of western australia (the biggest state of our beautiful country, as the locals never tire to stress) are the horizontal falls. keep in mind that the north of w.a. has one of the highest tides in the country, more than 10 meters on a spring tide, when…

emu man.

we are back in broome for a few days. we could have gone directly to derby but since we have to wait for some postal deliveries we figured we could divide the time between broome and derby (broome being the bigger place with probably more things to do and see). one thing we felt we…

fire!

nothing to worry about, we are still in one piece and not even slightly singed. we lit a tiny fire and grilled some sausages (well, nat did anyway). a bit further up the peninsula someone took that idea to a whole new level. we could see the fire burn on the other side of the…

rattling around the dampier peninsula.

we are spending the next few days on the dampier peninsula, north of broome. it’s not very hard to get to but there is a rough 80 km stretch of unsealed road before – surprisingly – the rest of the way to cape leveque is again black top. at this point,¬†after having been subjected to…

snubbies.

roebuck bay is a special place. as cameron from broome whale watching explained, it all has to do with the massive tides here in broome, which can get up to 10 meters. because of these movements there is an incredible amount of water being moved in and out of the bay twice (!) every day.…

walking with dinosaurs.

we hinted previously that there are a few reasons to come to broome. the thing that initially attracted people – and that continues to this day – were the pearls. initially the pearls were harvested by free divers. in the 19th century the industry switched to the deep sea diving suits, the kind that’s made…

what are we doing in broome?

the obvious answer is that you really can’t avoid it if you want to go east across the top. well you could, it is actually a little detour (towards the west) but why would you? the sunset is just as amazing as anywhere on the western seaboard. that alone should be worth a stay. here…

sunset on 80 mile beach.

the last few days we camped at 80 mile beach. sounds a little over the top? when aussies say something is an ’80 mile beach’ it probably is actually that long, or at least not far off. it does have this certain endless feel to it, and then there is also the distinct lack of…

the emu in the sky.

one of the great things about the outback is … the night sky. there is very little if any light pollution like we find in the bigger cities. in europe i don’t think you will see anything like this – ever. have a look at this. on the very right side of the picture in…

red moon rising.

maybe you have never heard of karratha and quite possibly you are unsure just about where on the map to start looking for it. there is a better chance you have a basic idea if you a/ work in mining or b/ are heavily into petroglyphs, as outlined here. there is, however, something else to…