It feels like we’ve been on the road for ages. We spent last night at Gascoyne Middle Rest Area, a fairly undistinguished place to camp, but very quiet. I did a bit of hand washing as I wasn’t sure when we would access a washing machine and it was fairly dry by the morning.
We are a bit over being so cold at night and looking forward to getting to the coast in a few days.
Tonight is our first paid campsite at the Visitor Centre in Newman. No power, toilets are locked overnight and we didn’t want to pay a deposit for a key on top of the $10 for the night. A caravan park is being constructed, but isn’t expected to be ready until July.
The good news is that we can dump our toilet and get drinking water here, but in the morning after 9.00 am when the staff are here to give us the key. It’s free, but they keep control.
Stephen checked with the nearby hotel and whilst we are having a meal there tonight we can do our washing for $5.00. Stephen plans to have a free shower at a service station tomorrow when we fuel up. Getting a gas tank filled may not be possible and we may have to pay for a swap.
Also on the cards for tomorrow is to do some shopping in preparation for heading up to Port Hedland. The Great Northern Highway runs past Karijini and we can’t make up our minds about going into the park, so have shelved that decision until tomorrow.
The driving on the past couple of days has been a bit tedious, but getting towards Newman the landscape and vegetation have become more interesting.