I have been travelling the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia recently. The lack of posts to this website reflects the fact that I have been in an area with no Internet Access, no mobile phone access, nothing. (Approximately the road travels from Derby to Wyndham and is only open during the “dry” season”.
This road is rightly regarded as one of the “must do” trips for those wanting to explore the remote parts of Australia – gravel roads, remote cattle stations, gorges, you name it this road has it. My reason for travelling this road has been to investigate setting up Internet Access for the communities along the first 300 km of this road (measured from the Derby end).
For a while I will be posting photos from this trip – ranging from sunsets, gorges, ruins, snakes, crocodiles, more gorges, waterfalls, Jabirus, eagles, ranges, fossils, rivers, well you get the idea.
Here is the Derby Jetty. The tidal range at Derby can be over 10m, hence the long piles in the jetty. Sunset can be glorious although at this time of the year don’t count on clouds – I haven’t seen a cloud in a week. There is a great restaurant at the base of the jetty and they serve a mean barramundi.
Anyone in Derby should visit the Mowanjum Art Centre – about 5km along the Gibb River Road. The art at this centre is superb, and you can get Internet access – a by product of the system we have installed in the community.
In the school holidays, and with weather like this the Busselton Jetty is an enormously popular tourist attraction.
Here is a shot of a dolphin at Three Bears this morning.
And here are some shots from yesterdays departure of the STS Leeuwin (leaving Busselton, bound for Fremantle).
The Leeuwin left the jetty under power, then turned into the wind as the sails were raised. Once under sail the Leeuwin looked graceful and in her element.
I took a walk out the jetty today to see the STS Leeuwin berthed at the jetty. The last time I saw a ship tied up to the jetty was as a child. The ship was loading timber, and trains used to take the timber out to the ship. We would be crabbing from the jetty and when the train went past, we would have to climb down under the deck of the jetty to let it past. We were totally unsupervised but no-one was ever hurt except when a crab was too quick for us.
Today there was a ship (the STS Leeuwin), a train (of sorts), and a restored jetty that is much grander than the original. It is good to see that the ink stains from squid are gradually taking the pristine edge off the restored jetty and adding a bit of colour.
As a young child I lived in Narrogin. My father was a keen fisherman, and not so keen farmer. Once the harvest was finished, we all went down to Busselton until school resumed. We stayed with thousands of others on the camping grounds in Busselton. In the middle of the day it was hot in the tents, and most days we went down to the beach and stayed under the jetty during the heat of the day. It was packed day after day, and the jetty foreshore was always crowded.
Times have changed, people have air conditioned caravans, stay in holiday houses and resorts. However under the jetty it is still cool in summer and has a charm of its own.
This was taken before the jetty was upgraded/replaced.