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Eighty Mile Beach

Tuesday 17th to Wednesday 18th September 2013

We set off from Middle Lagoon and got through the sandy road without incident. We refuelled at Roebuck and made good time to the caravan park at Eighty Mile Beach.

HERE is  a link to our route from Middle Lagoon to Eighty Mile Beach. Also my walk along the beach on Wednesday. Open with Google Earth once downloaded.

Our camp site at Eighty Mile Beach
Our camp site at Eighty Mile Beach

I thought the Dampier Peninsula was sandy but Eighty mile Beach is even more so – see the geological map below!

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Geological map of the Eighty Mile Beach area

Whereas the beach at Middle Lagoon was deserted, here it was relatively crowded with fishermen. There seemed to be some sort of agreement that they keep a certain distance apart. They fish at certain stages of the tide and woe betide bathers when the fishermen are about!

Fishermen at Eighty Mile Beach
Carefully spaced fishermen at Eighty Mile Beach

We were closer to our neighbours than we had been in previous camp sites, which was no bad thing. One set of neighbours, on hearing that my birthday was imminent gave me a nice present – a  photograph of a Blue Winged Kookaburra which she had taken a few days earlier.

My birthday present from our camp site neighbours - a blue winged kookaburra
My birthday present from our camp site neighbours – a blue winged kookaburra

You keep bumping into people you met previously, which is not very surprising – there is a limited number of places one can go to.

But Eighty mile Beach has two sorts of people – those staying for just a day or two and the longer residents, And the longer residents are here for the fish!

Fishermen at Eighty Mile Beach
The tide is in so the fishermen are out – swim at your peril!

The second day I walked along the beach and did 3 miles out and 3 miles back – I can well believe it stretches for 80 miles. But you can collect lots of shells.

Fishermen at Eighty Mile Beach
There is 80 miles of this but I don’t think the fishermen extend all the way along!

So as we headed south along the coast we found things, by Australian standards, were getting more crowded.

Middle Lagoon

Sunday 15th to Monday 16th September 2013

After a regrouping for a couple of days in Broome – 3 machines at the laundromat!, eating at Matso’s, buying pearls, looking at the very hippyish street market, replenishing our food stocks – we set off for Middle Lagoon on the Dampier Peninsula.

Most of the journey was on dirt roads or, more accurately, sand roads. These were rather challenging as it was difficult to see shadows and therefore undulations came as a surprise. And some of the undulations were large! However we managed to stay on the road and got to Middle Lagoon unharmed.

HERE is a link to our route from Broome to Middle Lagoon. Open with Google Earth once downloaded.

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Geological map of part of the Dampier Peinsula

The geological map confirms my impression that the Dampier Peninsula is a pile of sand anchored by bits of Cretaceous rock!

On arrival at the caravan and camp site we were told that a salt water croc had been see a few days earlier and therefore sea bathing was discouraged – not a great loss for us. We pitched our tent and went to look at the beach.

Chris on the beach, Middle Lagoon
Chris on the beach, Middle Lagoon. Note the line of rocks going through her head. I think that is an aboriginal fish trap.

The tide was out and there were great areas of sand exposed. At one bay, just below our tent, we saw a line of stones across the bay which, I suspect, was a fish trap. At high tide the fish go to the landward side of the trap. As the tide falls they are trapped in the ever diminishing pool of water and can be collected at your leisure. The dam is incomplete and we did not see any trapped fish.

Chris on the beach, Middle Lagoon
Chris on the beach, Middle Lagoon

After supper I was using a toothpick and out came a large filling! I was from a molar and was not painful, but I decided That I needed to get it fixed soon.

The next day I went for a long walk along the beach. Once I was away from the camp site I was on my own. Lovely, lonely beaches seem to be an Australian speciality! And once again I noticed that the headlands, protecting the coast are Cretaceous sandstone. Everything else is sand.

HERE is a link to my wanderings at Middle Lagoon. Open with Google Earth once downloaded.

The beach at Middle Lagoon
Looking back towards the camp site from the beach at Middle Lagoon
The beach at Middle Lagoon
Looking away from the camp site along the beach at Middle Lagoon

After my walk Chris and I decided to sit on the beach – not one of our favourite occupations – and enjoy the sun.

Chris on the beach, Middle Lagoon
On the beach. we were not disturbed by crocodiles or anything else.

As you may gather, neither Chris nor I are beach people, so we began to think that a return to Perth along the coast might not be what we wanted.

But here is one last look at the beach at Middle Lagoon, with some mangroves!

The beach at Middle Lagoon
Mangroves on the beach, middle Lagoon