On 31 st August we left Stanley Rest Area camp at 7.30am and re-fueled at Sandfire Roadhouse where they were CASH ONLY. We managed to scrape up enough to get us to Pardoo. There were many unhappy customers at Sandfire who had no cash on them. The was not an eftpos machine in sight either and the atmosphere was above simmering.
We filled up at Pardoo Roadhouse and turned off for the cape.
When checking out the first possible camp site we got bogged in the sand as we were turning back. Thanks to a helpful fisherman we were towed out to firm ground.
We set up further along the coast in a lovely spot right on the edge of the beach. Our neighbours are all from Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Maryborough. They have been catching whiting , bream and salmon so hopes are high.
Our first evening had a gentle breeze and lovely slightly cloudy sunset.
We have seen brolga at a distance and will try to get closer over time.
Happy first of spring. We watched whales breaching of the coast and tiny white winged fairy wrens running across the sand.
We have fished and caught some bream and whiting not far from our camp and then tried another spot, close to where we got bogged, for salmon.
No luck on the salmon but we bagged some more bream and whiting.
A nice fresh fish dinner with fried halved baby spuds, chopped onion and chilli. All washed down with a cold white while watching the fairy wrens flitting about.
The midgies here are so small that they come through the screens and manage to bite any unscreened skin they find. We have been very itchy!!!
Have seen the brolgas much closer now and there are 7 adults. Dawn has spotted 2 chicks with them.
Drinks with Keith and Wendy from Mandurah followed by another fish dinner and sunset with a rising new moon and evening star on dark.
It has been warm and humid with the midgies very active.
Never the less it has been a good week spent here in this shire run camp area which has several good camp spots and a boat ramp