Driving in to 40 Mile Beach we were greeted with a grader
grading the dirt road into the Camp Area. So no corrugation, not that it bothers the big
wheels on the bus but little Shadow towed behind shakes and rattles over them,
but not today, yay!
40 Mile turned out better than we remembered it when we
made a rush visit onroute to a shopping trip to Karratha from Onslow. The spot
we had in my minds eye chosen was taken but the one we took is in my opinion
the best there, with a private track down to the only small portion of beach
that is not completely rocky like the others, mind you I can imagine when the
peak period is on this portion will be well used no doubt!
Oh heck this is paradise, heaven, bliss. We are rapt.
The area is exposed to the elements and at the moment there’s a nice breeze which
cools the 37 deg temps at the moment. We sit hypnotised by the small constant
waves, sight the occasional dolphin, Ash has caught a few meals of Blue Swimmer
Crabs and last night we had a Queenfish each, mind you it could have sufficed 2
meals!! He’s snorkled a few times admiring the beautiful colourful reef fish I’m
still mustering the courage to do it, being a freshwater river & lake swimmer
born and bred, it’ll take a while? I’ve
gone in swimming though everyday…..up to my hips though is all!
We sit and read and blog and fiddling here and there, walk
the beach and rocky outcrops of conglomerate shell and sea life, pot holed
ancient solidified beach.
Oh I forgot to say on the last week in Onslow I twisted
my ankle and felt something snap in my calf, so walking these very rough rock
outcrops on the beach is not aiding its mending not to mention working the week
of work as well, but you have to explore and the whole foot, ankle and calf are
And Ohhhhh the sunsets………….
Prior to leaving Onslow I was inspired by Steph’s paintings and got myself some canvases and painted a few and gave them to those who were so good to us. One hangs in the office (behind Rachel in previous entry of Blog.
Some are sea turtles in blue blue sea…………………
At night the little hermit crabs carpet the ground, busy finding morsels to feast upon, cute little rascles they are, the sandy paths and roads and beach are all swept clean of footprints, such is the multitude of them!
Well it’s been a fantastic month, we finished work in Onslow a month ago, heck didn’t that go quick?
The sunsets and the sun rises are beautiful every day I haven’t dragged myself out of bed to take pictures of sunrise just lie in bed and marvel at them!
I can’t get enough of collecting the different rocks and old coral on the beach, the rocks here are so strange I’d love to know how they were created, some looks like it was either lava or sand and shells solidified right down to what look like huge footprints (yeah I know I have a good imagination!) but truly it does, then others look like bubbles of air has burst through the sand and solidified, then there’s the conglomerates of different coloured rocks some tumbled and polished by the waves, or you go to pick up a shell or coral (some quite large) only to find they are cemented into the rock
A couple of Fishermen with lovely big boats asked us if we’d look after their cars and trailers while they went fishing for 5 days over on the islands that dot the coast. When they came back they presented us with 2 magnificent Lobsters!!! I can assure you I savoured them like nothing else, haven’t had lobster for years, Ash wont eat them………mind you Bubby helped me devour them with relish, boy does she like them. Coffee, like Ash wont eat them either.(Our spoilt cats!)
To top it off we were given 2 bags full of fish, Sweetlip and Coral Trout, we cleaned them up and shared them with the neighbour who brought them over, bugger these tiny freezers in our fridge!!!!
Anzac Day morning we all (now about a dozen campers) went down to the nearby Gas Plant who put on the Dawn Service with coffee, tea and Anzac Biscuits afterwards,
the Gas plant supplies the 40 mile campers with water for a gold coin donation to the Flying Doctor as well which is a massive advantage to driving the 50 km to Karratha to get our top ups. Bloody good of them hay?
We went for a drive to explore north of Karratha yesterday and was pleasantly surprised Roebourne, Wickham, Cossack and Point Samson are all extremely close in WA terms under 20 KM apart, all nice little towns Wickham being the biggest with a Safeway, Chemist, café PO etc in a small complex, not as big as Karratha though.
Roebourne has an interesting Basketball courts covered with an extensive roof.
Point Samson which is further out on a point (funny that!) really appealed to us, a lovely little town, not yet commercialized to spoil its appeal, a sensational park area has not long been built with carved iron welded statues of sea life all over not to mention the layout, really lovely. Honeymoon Cove was our favourite there, which has a parking area with toilet, tables etc and magnificent banded boulders lining the water, you’d swear a massive bulldozer pushed up the sand and boulders to create the cove. Have a look at the picture you’ll agree. (they make machinery big up here but not that big!!)
We wanted to go and explore Cossack it is an historic town with museums etc but somehow we missed the turnoff twice, so we’ll go back and have a sticky another time.
We went back to Karratha and grabbed some lunch and headed out to the local beach to enjoy it………………holey $#@&* we were both hammered with sandflies, didn’t realise at the time as they come up a few hours later!!!! we had all the creams and stuff on too!!! my arms are just riddled with ultra itchy bites arrrrrrrhhhhhhh no sleep and loony bin time!!
Wish we’d hurry up and get our body used to them!!!
When we were working at Onslow and I was in the temporary Liquor Store on the sea!!!……I noticed that an island was what looked like growing getting higher out of the water, my first split second thought was Tsunami? No water level didn’t change! then I was dumb founded what was happening til a customer came it and explained that it was a mirage, the flatter and calmer it is the bigger the allusion is.
We are really enjoying it here at 40 Mile Beach and the campspots are filling at a steady rate, the Caretaker arrived the other day and those of us that were here were invited over for brekky after Anzac Dawn service.
The official start of the season starts tomorrow, and there are still a huge amount of space available, so it’s going to be very interesting to see how full it gets.
The lady next door has inspired me to get back into Patchwork Quilting and the girls have put a couple of holes GRRR in our doona cover so I have started making some squares. Jenny got me started way back when we bought the bus off she & Bob, so hopefully I’ll have more to report next entry.
Well here we are still in 40 Mile Beach, it’s glorious here and we plan on staying for most of the 6 months we have til going back to work at Onslow in October
Not a very big budget this trip but no matter it is so beautiful here and the neighbours are fantastic, we sight see around the area, we read we do odd jobs around the bus,
We go for walks of which there are plenty here,
You can go along the ridge of the sand dunes overlooking the ocean all the way, head down toward back beach where there are heaps of bush camps along the mangroves which is 2 km then there’s the “beach” walks where the rocks and boulders and shoreline changes from tide to tide and metre by metre along, these rocks are so interesting with there encrusted shells and coral and even rocks with what I am convinced are Dinosaur footprints!!!!! they are everywhere big, little, surfaces that look like the sediment had just settled there hours before until you realise they are rock hard!
You find the magnificent Sturts Desert Pea flowering in all it’s splender, wow up close these things are gorgeous.
There are different colour centres in them and there is supposed to even be a white one. Most forms of the plant are low-growing or prostrate, but here in the Pilbaravarieties growing as tall as 2 metres have been observed, would love to see that!
We have wonderful neighbours Bob and Bev from SA who we met on the ozyrvnews.com forum and really met last year at Wongan Hills WA and then again at Quobba Point, Tanks or Keith from the forum and Wilcatchum WA and Peter from Qld, more from the forum will arrive over the next few months which will be great to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
We had a lovely surprise with a visit from Kathy and John who’d just finished a 15 mth work stint in Onslow, it was so nice to catch up and they stayed for a couple of days before heading north on their much needed appreciated freedom. Hope to meet them up again one day. Many a giggle is had with them. Good folk.
Kathy had a nice soak in one of the many rock pools, loved every second of it!
We spent a few early mornings fishing at back beach with other new friends Lyn & Trevor
We took another drive up to Roebourne and visited the excellent Museum and tourist Info Centre in the Old Gaol, we spent a lot of time there, very interesting display of the rocks and particularly Tigers Eye found in the area. They even offer water and a washing machine at $3 washing load as there are none anywhere else not even Karratha!
Then we took the short drive out to Cossack, the signage is that crook it’s no wonder we missed it last time!! all it has is Cossack Road!
It is an abandoned town and all the buildings have been opened up for tourism and the glorious buildings stand today as testament to the trademanship and durability of the builders in those days. we are glad we went it’s really interesting. The nearby Cemetery was also interesting with it’s headstones telling sad tales, and the kids graves are always the saddest, so many lost 2,3 or even 4 little babies or toddlers in such short periods, heck it must have been hard in those days.
On another day we drove back to Roebourne are to explore more and took a track inland where the landscape was beautiful, we fossicked in a creek and took in the sparse countryside, with more magnificent outcrops of ironstone and the spinifex reaching like fingers up the sides all framed by beautiful white trunks of the gum trees on the lower plains.
Oh my goodness This Pilbara country is amazing it reaches deep into your soul and never ceases to knock our socks off!!
We’ve had a couple of times with really good rains, for sure more than we’ve seen since we’ve been in the Pilbara in 10 months!! closing roads out on the highway as well obviously here when we were marooned for 2 – 3 days each time….Bugga Hay??? Ash rigged up a funnel system to carry the rain water to containers and filled the tanks both times, just glorious.
We are so often gobsmacked at how wonderful this life is and then so many surprises unfold as well along the way
I am still painting and enjoying it, I get a few dollars from folk who take them and I buy more canvases to paint more, I cant take them with me and I love to fiddle with arts and crafts so it suits all
I even used roadside finds and rubbish to recycle into some owls which Ash put up on an existing post behind our bus and we christened our site “HOOTIN’ HEIGHTS”
We received our much waited for May edition of Wanderer Magazine from Jo which had published our story working at Onslow, the pictures they used were beautiful, especially one of Ash on the beach at Onslow at Sunset, double spread no less and 5 pages of story!!! Cool Hay? Must email CMCA to see if we can get more for kids!??
Meanwhile 40 Mile Beach is steadily filling and people come and go all the time or like us stay longer, it’s really a sight to see all these RV’s big small and bloody huge meander in and some disappear into the Bush Camps and others settle in at the main area…..our so called Millionaires row is a lot harder to get that’s why it was astounding when a neighbour was just happened to move out when Bob & Bev arrived!!!!???? The Caretaker is amazing and he allowed them to wait close by until it was vacated….Thanks Leon.
We all share getting water which is just 13 km up the road at the Gas Plant and we all get supplies for each other when we go into town which is 40 minute drive. We bought a cheap $60 Whipper Snipper the other day cause what was sand and a few weeds turned into long lush grass after all the rain…….and the sighting of a few snakes by neighbours justified that cost………Sheeesh gardening again!!! (could do with a mower!!!)
Next couple of excursions I’d like to re visit Burrup Penninsula again when its a lot cooler than when we last visited to again check out the Aboriginal Rock Carvings, being the largest collection of Aboriginal art in the world it’s well worth another look. Then I want to take a drive 100 or so km in from Roebourne to Millstream National Park, unless we leave that til we take off from here a couple of weeks prior to going back to Onslow when we go to Karajini National Park. But that’s 4 months away!!
PHEW that’s a half a day to catch you all up!! See ya xxxxxxxx