We bid the cows a fond fairwell at Mary Pools and off we go. Still a way to Broome so one more stop, as we also want to go up to Derby, we are heading to a place called Willare, where we can refuel, top up water and do a day drive up to Derby as well. On the way, as usual we found a place to stop for morning tea, a rest stop called Prison Tree. Wow, I didn’t think the boab trees got any bigger than what we have seen so far, but this one is the granddaddy of them all! How old is this old fella!
While we were here having a cuppa another caravan pulled in and as you do, we started chatting – turns out they are from Toowoomba! They ended up following us into Willare Roadhouse for 2 nights and set up camp beside us. The next day another couple came in and set up camp next to us on the other side – from Proston! Small world when we are so far from home!
We drove up to Derby and spent the day sight seeing! And guess what? Another prison boab so you get to see some more pics of boab trees! This particular tree is said to be 1500 years old; its girth is 14.7 metres, that’s a fat tree! They fascinate me, they are so old and so beautiful, in their own way! I even have bought myself a pair of earings that a chinese lady has made on silk screen, with the boab featured, a nice memento of our time up here.
Near by at Myall’s bore was the Long Trough, built in 1916 – a 120 metre long cattle trough that could handle 500 bullocks at a time!
Derby is not your typical tropical holiday destination, but is the beginning or end of an adventure across the Gibb River Road – not that we did that as its not suitable for caravans (unless you want to dump your van at the end and buy a new one). And 600 kms of corrugated dust is not my idea of an adventure, anyway. Although having said that, if we had a camper trailer and 3-4 weeks to spare I reckon I would like to do this as there are some spectacular gorges and scenery.
The huge jetty here was closed to live cattle trade in 1994 and then reopened for a time for exporting iron ore. Now its closed and only us tourists wander along it and take pictures!
Ok, on to Broome! See you there
Christine & Jack