Ants, ants and more ants

Looking for a place to rest and clean up we came upon the Fitzroy River Resort at Fitzroy Crossing. Camp sites with green grass – incredible, this was for us so we paid for 2 nights. What they failed to tell us was that the ground was infested by Singapore Ants. When we saw the number of ants swarming at the camp Vicki went to reception and was pointed to a message taped to the book on the counter warning about these ants, however nothing was said about how bad they could be instead she was sold a container of ant powder.

During the night I was continually bitten but put it down to midges. It wasn’t until the morning that we found the bedding was literally covered in these ants and these where what had been biting me. We decided to leave immediately however I had trouble obtaining a refund for the unused night. It wasn’t until I discussed the matter, rather forcefully with the general manager that a refund was forthcoming. I can only say that the attitude displayed by staff and management was appalling. I would certainly advise anyone to avoid the resort at all cost. It was our worst camp of the trip so far.

Fitzroy Crossing in general was very depressing. A lot of the facilities have been burnt down and now there is no supermarket. The petrol station and council offices both have fine wire mesh over all glass to prevent arson. Tourists only stop here because it is the entrance point for cruises on the Geikie Gorge

We where happy to move on.

We decided to head for Derby as it was a 120 kilometres shorter trip than Broome. Whilst we are now at the southern end of the Kimberly’s we will not start exploring them, instead leaving that to another trip. We are now regularly experiencing  days at or near 40C and the humidity is starting to get oppressive. All the way from Alice we are being told that this heat is unusual at this time of the year. Another pointer to global warming? Instead we leave for Broome tomorrow (Thursday 17 September) and will then work our way down the beaches on the Western Australian coast hoping to visit some of the more remote spots.

We like Derby. It is not a tourist town as there is no beach only mangroves, mud and crocodiles. but for all that it is a typical tropical town. Of course it is famous for its tidal range which at 12 metres is the second largest in the world.

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We took a walk out along the wharf and you can see from the photo how far the tide falls and it is not even low water yet. You can also see the mud and mangroves along the foreshore. See why nobody swims?

The town streets are very wide with boab trees planted down the centre divider. Palms, boabs and bouganvillea line the footpaths.

We purchased some cooler clothes here, sleeveless T-shirts, thongs and straw hats and we brought new chairs as our present ones had started to collapse.

It is 7:00PM and still about 30C. The sweat is running of me as I type this.

Broome is apparently a bit cooler so we will start the trek south tomorrow.

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