Wednesday 23 September
Went fishing on the Broome jetty. Caught a yellow fin bream, not a monster but a nice size for the pan. We had to buy new handlines for this fishing as all our fishing gear was too light. They use 100 kilo (and upwards) handlines for this type of fishing. It is possible to catch some really big fish from this jetty so we will be back to try again. You need to use a lot of weight as the tide races under the jetty and once you have caught a fish you have to haul it onto the jetty which can be 15 metres above the water.
In the background is one of the tourist boats that take people around the Bismarck Archipelago. On the other side of the wharf a ship was being loaded with live cattle, probably for Indonesia.
These flying boats were bringing refugees from what was then the Dutch East Indies, and whilst waiting to be refuelled and continue their journey south to safety, were strafed by the Japanese.
About fifty people, mainly women and children, died in the boats. So whilst it is fascinating to see them it is also a sad place.
The planes are still identifiable even after all this time in the water and mud.
We started the walk at 6:15AM so that we arrived at low water. It was about a three quarters of an hour walk to reach the wrecks and we had about half an hour at the wrecks before the tide turned and we had to retrace our steps.
The mud was firm to walk on so it was a mixture of walking on the mud and wading through water.
The rich tourists (certainly not us) came by hovercraft. Personally I think they missed one of the most interesting parts of the experience which was the actual walk. You can see behind the hovercraft the shoreline that we walked from.
After the wrecks we visited a spot called Anastasia’s Pool. Actually this was after we thoroughly washed the mud of our shoes from the flying boat excursion.
This pool which is just below the light on Gantheaume Point was made by a former lighthouse keeper so his arthritic wife could exercise her limbs.
You need a tide of 8.84 metres or greater to have water coming into the pool. So
much of what you do and where you go is governed by the tides here.
The pool is a gorgeous spot and we had a leisurely cool down.
Just have a look at the colour of those rocks, sea and sand.
It looks like the wet season may be early this year. The winds that are a prelude to the wet have started and it is certainly getting hotter. 36C today here and 43C at Kununurra.
The first stingers of the seasons have also been reported so we will get a large bottle of vinegar and keep in the car.
We’ve just heard the weather report for Tasmania so at the moment we are in no hurry to return home.