After our backtrack to the Derby Rodeo, we headed west once more to a couple of spots along the coast south-west of Broome. Our first stop was at the Barn Hill Station camping area, which is situated on cliffs overlooking the ocean (although rather than cramming into one of the view spots we chose a quiet private spot a bit back from the cliffs and enjoyed the views during our walks).
The beaches with their rugged cliff backdrops and the calm clear blue ocean were magnificent and made for delightful strolls interspersed with refreshing dips. As always the photographs below don’t fully do justice to the scenery.
Aside from the beach scenery the campsite itself also offered a few interesting distractions. It appears this is a good spot to view the legendary drop bear – one of Australia’s most feared predators. Also being an arid coast line, the camp sites all had a barren gravel bed so we were surprised to see one caravan with some neatly growing lawn out the front. As with many northern coastal towns, many retired people from southern parts of the country drive up and camp in the winter for a several months to avoid the cold. So this particular bunch obviously decided to plant and nurture their own patch of lawn once they had set up for the season – and why not?
After 2 nights at Barn Hill we proceeded another 200km west along the coast to the 80 mile beach caravan park. The name 80-mile beach is unusually understated because the beach is actually over 120 miles long. So while you would expect that there is plenty of room for everyone, there is only one access point where about 500 people are crowded into a single caravan park. However the beach is pretty spectacular and well worth a visit to experience its extent, its vast tidal variations and the astonishing number of shells on the beach. Despite its size, the caravan park is actually quite a nice one, so we spent 2 nights there to fully experience the beach at its various tides and moods.
for some reason these red-capped plovers were not getting on so well.