27.04.2014 35 °C
Since my last update the “Gibb” remained closed so we had to retrace our steps to Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing. The plan was to cut through Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge to the “Gibb” to Derby, killing 2 birds with one stone.
Unfortunately this did not work out so we had to retrace the Curtain Air Base and go to Derby the long way.
We stayed 2 nights in Derby 22nd, 23rd, and 24th and drove out to Windjana and Tunnel Creek. Windjana Gorge was fabulous. Quite a lot of water and several crocodiles on show. The rock formations amazing. Tunnel Creek was disappointing in that access to it was a little too risky for us. Climbing over large boulders to gain entry, for us, was too risky.
Derby itself was interesting too. Very tourist oriented with refurbished accommodation etc. The new Spinifex Hotel really is very nice. We stayed at the Derby Lodge Motel. That was comfortable and reasonably priced.
Derby has a lot of history and worth a visit. King tides in Derby are 12 metres.
After Derby we stayed at Sandfire again, and in the 3 weeks since we stayed there it had deteriorated. Out of at least 12 (refurbished???) motel units, only 2 were actually usable, and that was after swapping fridges around. At least the airconditioning was working, albeit very noisy.
After Sandfire we decided to visit the site of the now abandoned Goldsworthy Mining town where I worked in the 1970’s. Unfortunately we could not access it from the norther side of the railway line. BHP are upgrading the line and all the crossings were gone. So we pushed on to Marble Bar.