16.07.2017 - 16.07.2017 32 °C
Sunday 16th July - Fitzroy Crossing to Derby WA
We didn't have a very big day of travel today with only 257kms to Derby. So after breakfast we checked out of our very expensive accommodation, and went for a look at Gieke Gorge Nat Park. Only 20 kms from Fitzroy Crossing, we did a 1 hr walk along the Fitzroy river spotting large wallabies, archer fish in the still waters and about 6 small freshwater crocs. One was even stalking a mob of spoonbills on the shore. Unfortunately, you can't do a walking trail along the Gorge. You have to PAY for that experience on a boat cruise. We gave it a miss.
After a quick refuel, we turned the bikes out onto the Great Northern Hwy and north to Derby. I stopped for a pic of a giant Boab tree, then another stop at Myall's Bore, which is on one of the stock routes into Derby. There is also the Boab Prison Tree, which was a rest stop for troopers with prisoners and blackbirders with kidnapped aboriginal men. There is also the longest water trough in the Southern Hemisphere. It's said to be able to water 500 bullocks at a time and is 120m long.
Then into Derby where we got a good shady campsite at a van park.
Booked a table at the Wharf Cafe for dinner as it is busy tourist season. I did a bit of fishing off the Wharf while chatting to an old speedway rider from Townsville. It's amazing the people you connect with on the road.
No .... no fish again!
Back to camp by 8:30pm for a red or two, then .......