Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Purnululu to Derby

Goodbye to our safari tent.
We have had a great couple of days at the Purnululu campsite visiting the Bungle Bungles.
Now we are off to Derby via Fitzroy crossing.
We decided not to ride the Gibb River Road. 
We accrued plenty of corrugation and dust credits on the Cape York Peninsula trip.
Cattle roam freely along the highways.
A typical road scene for the day's ride. 660km

The Fitzroy River has some water. Most rivers have been dry.
Giant Boab trees  dot the landscape.
... along the main street in Derby.
This Boab was used as a prison.

The smoke from forest fires fills the air around Derby.
I find the smoke and fires unnerving.
In the northern regions of Australia fires are commonplace at this time of the year during the dry season.
When the rains come new feed will grow for stock.

The semicircular Derby jetty.
We ride around it. I try not to notice that there are no railings in some places.
The piles are very tall. 
The tides can reach up to 11.8m here - the second biggest tides in the world. The biggest are at the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia (15m).

Our home for the night at the Boab Inn.

1 comment:

Dave Browning said...

We have lots of places to look forward to. In Kununurra (Wed) so have crossed the border. Tomorrow out to Wyndham. Safe travels.