FIRST STOP – CAPE KERAUDREN
Our last blog finished with us at the DeGrey River campsite, north of Port Hedland. We had a week to burn before we were to return to Port Hedland for some work on the car. Where to go? I know Nirbeeja would have returned to Carawine Gorge in the blink of an eye, but it was quite a distance from Port Hedland, so we opted to travel instead up the coast. After a couple of false starts we arrived at the Cape Keraudren Coastal Recreation Reserve (try saying that after a couple of wines). Cape Keraudren is at the southerly edge of the well-known Eighty Mile Beach, so we thought it might give us a taste for the area.
We planned to stay for two nights, but stayed for five. We loved it. The area was full of wildlife, the beach was beautiful, we had our first sighting of Brolgas on this trip and we saw many magnificent kangaroos. We were camped beside Cootenbrand Creek, a lovely sheltered spot that kept us entertained with its massive tidal variations and pale aqua waters. The only drawback was that the campsite was on a limestone shelf, making it impossible to use pegs to secure the camper trailer. So we improvised, tying the ropes to large rocks and using boxes to support inside the walls of the bedroom. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.