The Kimberley is one of the most isolated places on earth.   There are no towns, no shops, no diesel or water supplies. You have to be completely self sufficient for food and fuel with the exception of a fuel barge located in Dog Leg Creek so we headed there the next morning and filled up our tanks.  Our fresh food supplies are running low, so now we are using frozen veg and supplementing our diet with fish.  Every evening we go out trawling in the dinghy for fish for dinner and we have caught quite a few different fish, including barracuda, estuary cod, queenie, tuna, shark, mackerel  and trevally.  If we don’t get anything, we raid the freezer and believe it or not, it is nice to have a break from fresh fish.  We are actually eating really well – between the two yachts, we have nearly everything on board to make all kinds of food.  Chilli con Carne, Pizza, Curries, Steak …

There are a few ‘must sees’ in the Kimberley and one of them is the  Mermaid Boab Tree –  The English cutter “MERMAID” spent 16 days in Careening Bay  while repairs were carried out. Philip Parker King must have been bored while the repairs were being done and inscribed the words HMC Mermaid 1820 in the tree.   We also went and found the wreck of a WW11 DC3 that crashed about 50 years ago on Jar Island.  We spent a couple of hours exploring the area and it was fun climbing around the wreckage.

HMS Mermaid Boab Tree
WWII  DC3 Wreck

Aboriginal Art is another must see – well if you can find any.   We spent hours looking under ledges and clambering over rocks – great fun but the heat was intense so Beth & I ended up back on the beach and the guys went on.  They eventually found the art and went to take some photos but of course the battery had gone flat!  No proof then guys……

We then got stranded due to weather and spent three days doing nothing – reading, watching movies, bonfires on the beach, eating, drinking .. and of course inevitable maintenance.

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Ian & me landing the dingy


India & Site
Jar Island


Jar Island
Surveyors Creek, Mitchell River

Next stop is Cape Talbot and over the top towards Cape Londonderry and King George River, our final stop before heading to Darwin.

2 thoughts on “Exploring…..

  1. Beth & Mick July 3, 2016 / 10:16 am

    It’s been a brilliant trip with many, many a laugh between Indian Summer 1 & Site (not to mention the outstanding gourmet meals & de”vine” beaverages along the way). It’s been great sharing it with you guys. West Oz done, watch out Timor & Indonesia … we’re coming \(^o^)/


    • svindiansummerblog July 5, 2016 / 6:30 am

      Yeah will be brilliant.. many more great memories to make and laughs to be had.xx


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