We then drove out to Town Beach. It was really nice and we couldn't figure out why no-one was swimming on such a warm day. Found out later a salt water croc had been removed from the water a few days earlier.
We headed to a brewery called Matsos where Jen had just got a job. Sampled the beers which were OK, but nothing compared to Justins at the Monk!!
Drinks with Jen (2 girls, 4 beers, what more could you want?):
That evening we headed to the Moscow Circus with Jen and some others. We had an absolute ball and there were lots of great acts: magicians, jugglers, contortionists, acrobats, clowns, a great ringmaster, a giant slinky and to end it all an amazing motorbike act where they fitted 4 motorbikes in a tiny steel sphere, all travelling at 80km/hr. Good stuff.
The next day we bummed around a bit and then drove to Toyota to pick up the car cable. Went back to the caravan park and Dave managed to fix the door. Yippee!!!
This was with the BLUE camels (there are three tour groups that operate) http://www.broomecamelsafaris.com.au/about.html
This one was the best as they are happy to run along beside you and grab your camera to take photos of you and the camels - as opposed to the other operators who charge $10 for a professional photo. This was great fun. We had a camel named Cairo and he was a little bit mischeivous.
True to the rumours, they are pretty smelly but not a too uncomfortable way to travel (at least for an hour - don't know if I could do the 5 day tours they do in Alice Springs!)
We headed to the sunset bar for a quick drink - rather a nice atmosphere and quite a tropical feel about it!
We then realised that our power inverter was not working and that it must be the cigarette lighter. As this is our lifeline to charge things on the road, we decided to hang another day (being a Sunday) and wait for tomorrow to see an autoelectrician to get it fixed. So we had a very L-A-Z-Y day at the beach and in the evening we went to the iconic outdoor cinemas and watched an aboriginal movie called "Samson and Delilah" - very sad but a good movie.
By this stage it was getting very hot and we were struggling to sleep in the van at night - very sweaty and sticky!
We drove into Derby. Saw the wharf and had lunch - lots of mozzies! Not a lot else to do so drove to a parking area near a walking track to stay the night. Unfortunately in the morning just before we drove off we were reprimanded by a warden for staying there. Just a warning though which was lucky. Had to happen some time I spose!
We left Fitzroy Crossing after lunch and drove towards Halls Creek. Stopped at a gallery in the Yiylii Community - a nice wee place with a school of 60 kids. Saw some great paintings but nothing we could afford.
We drove a few kms further where we stopped for the night at Carolines Pool where we saw a few wild brumbies (horses).
I went to open the back hatch and...aaaagh..... the back latch broke!!!! Not having much luck with the locks! We decided to drive straight to Kununnurra and went to yet another Toyota Dealer. Dave took off the back panel and found the latch had snapped. Probably just due to general wear and tear as well as all the red dust thats been getting into things. again, same story - nothing available in the area, rang Perth Wreckers again but they had nothing so we had to ring Dave's parents to find one in Sydney and bring it with them to Darwin - a few weeks away. So this meant climbing in through the back every time we needed to open the back hatch!!