Hello good readers! Sorry for the lack of updates on the road – the internet connections have been less than reliable until we’ve arrived here in Broome.
We’ve been in Broome for a couple of days now and it’s lovely to be here. Broome is a seaside town famous for its oyster pearl culture. The city has historical ties with Japan, since it was Japanese immigrants that were initially employed in that industry. Broome is a very dry place in the summer apparently and you’d better make sure that you are not overexposed to the reflection of the sun if you don’t want to get burned.
Last night we saw some of the celebrations for one of the festivals that celebrate the Asian influence in the community, “The Festival Of Pearls“, a lovely name for a very nice event. We drove up to Broome from Perth, which is further down on the West Coast of the country. Perth is the 4th most populated city in Australia. It’s a big place with lots of Arts events all throughout the year. A very busy town indeed and a tourist favourite, not least for its great architecture.
The next leg of the trip is going to take us to the Northern territory to the cities of Katherine and Darwin. Katherine is a renowned stop over for people in their 60’s like us, who undertake this kind of journey. It ‘s a little bit like a sort of “rendezvous” point. The town is literally swamped with recreational vehicles and it’s a lovely atmosphere, you meet a lot of nice folks on that part of the journey.
Next is Darwin, which is a few hundred miles North of Katherine at the tip of the country’s Northern Territory. As its name probably indicates, Darwin was named after the famous naturalist Charles Darwin whose ship the Beagle sailed into the town harbour in 1836 on its way to the Galapagos Islands.
Next it will be Alice Springs, which is further down the road but still a part of the Northern Territory. It’s a nice settlement, which is well known for its support to Aboriginal art. From there, on our way down to Ayers Rock. Now I must admit that’s something I’ve been looking to see for a long time. The Aboriginal name of Ayers Rock is Uluru. It’s a very large Earth mound formation, almost right in the middle of the country. The area is so popular that it’s become a National Park that attracts almost half a million visitors on a yearly basis. It is reputed to be a stunning sight. The climbing of the site was allowed until a few years ago but disorderly behaviour in some instances forced the authorities to discontinue the climb. But we’re still very much looking to catch a sight of that unique example of Earth formation. That will also be a bit of a turning point for the journey, as we will be leaving the camper van there. We will be taking a plane to Cairns, which is located on the Eastern tip of the State of Queensland. We’ll carry on the travel blog from there.