Thursday, September 18, 2008

Derby and Barn Hill

Sunday 14th September. Today we drove out to Mango Farm where we indulged in the local produce namely a smoothie and an icecream. Sat under the shade of the mango trees, we purchased some jams and chutneys. They sell everything from Pindan dyed clothing to wines and soaps. Monday we were up and about early for a long drive to Derby 220kms north east of Broome and 2,450kms from Perth. We stopped for a drink at Willaire Roadhouse at arrived in Derby about 9am. We visited the wharf and took a few photos. The water here was very muddy not really attractive at all. The tides in Derby are Australia’s highest, with variations being as much as 11 metres. During the 1990’s barges were used to export lead and Zinc concentrates from the Cadjebut Mine in Fitzroy Crossing. The first Wharf was built in 1894 and the last passenger ship visited in 1973. After a light lunch we visited the famous Boab Prison Tree. The tree is believed to be about 1500 years old. It was used as a staging point for prisoners being walked into Derby in the early days. The prison tree is a registered Aboriginal Site. Near there is Myall’s bore and cattle trough. The first bore in this location was dug in 1910/11 the bore is 322 metres deep. The cattle trough is 120metres long and was built around 1917. The trough could handle 500 bullocks at one time. Flow started to drop off from the bore and the water is now pumped into the trough by a windmill.
Tuesday 16th. We drove out to Barn Hill Station to check out the area. There is a lovely Caravan Park nestled near the water. Lovely and cool as the breezes come straight over the ocean. It boasts its own Bowling Green and they are well known for their Sunday Roasts and BBQ’s. The water looks a bit rough as some of the ladies said they had been tipped over by the waves. We chatted to a few of the residents for awhile then made our way back to Broome.

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