100 days under canvas – part 3. From Broome to Tom Price

When last I wrote, I was in Broome and the picture above is one of the iconic sights that every visitor has to see, a string of camels walking slowly along Cable Beach at sunset. I have to say I was very happy to watch, riding camels is not something I aspire to. 

From Broome it was back to the red dirt roads, up the Dampier peninsula to Cape Leveque. Kooljaman is perched on the tip, with beaches on either side. To the west, no  swimming in the deep blue water, but you can walk along the white sand, with red cliffs at your side. The eastern beach is for swimming, clear pale blue water, white sand and sharp black rocks made from coral. We lay back in the water and floated blissfully. 

Above, some unexpectedly large traffic on the road in, and sun setting in the west. We also encountered wild donkeys on the road. 

From Kooljaman we only drove a short way down the road to Middle Lagoon. We had heard it was beautiful so went to have a look, ending up staying three nights. The picture above shows the view from our camper trailer. From there, a brief visit to Broome for supplies, another beachside camp at Barn Hill, then Indee Station, a quirky farm stay, very welcoming people. There was ‘happy hour’ in the homestead, bring your own drinks, nibbles supplied, which was a great opportunity to chat to other travellers. And there were Sturts Desert Peas growing around the farmyard. 

The next day took us to Tom Price, a small mining town, but the journey there was spectacularly beautiful. Wildflowers were out in force, purple mulla mulla, yellow sennas, eremophylas in pink, purple and white, and so many more. 

The road took us round the northern side of the Karajini National Park, one of our favourite places that we decided not to visit this time. The scenery was stunning, rolling , rugged hills, folded and uplifted, intensely coloured, red rocks, green spinifex and the colours from the wildflowers. 


This is where I will stop for now. The next post will be about snorkelling on Ningaloo Reef.

Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

18 thoughts

  1. I think the West Australian Department of Tourism should be paying you, Anna. These photos are so beautiful. You are showing the wild beauty of ‘my’ place. Though I live in this state, where you are is SO far from where I am. I expect most people don’t know how massive Western Australia is. It takes less time to fly from Sydney or Melbourne to New Zealand than it takes to fly from one end of W.A. to the other. (And it costs way less too.)
    The wildflowers are really something to behold. For city-slickers like me, Kings Park (Perth’s botanical gardens) puts on magnificent wildflower displays showing flowers from various parts of this state. But it must be on a different plane of wonderment to see them in their natural environment.
    I see reds are dominating your W.A. drawings. Perhaps your W.A. memory will be mainly a red one. (Red dust!)


    1. Ah the red dust! It gets in everywhere… I love it but it gets a bit much at times! I’m so glad you are enjoying these pictures, I know it is way outside your comfort zone. It really is a massive state, and full of extremes. I do feel very privileged to have access to so many of these places that most people never see.


  2. I just had no idea how rich and diverse your landscape is. Seeing all of this through your eyes is magnificent and sprinkled with dessert, your sketchbook. Thank you for sharing all that you are seeing and experiencing. Wonderment, truly!


    1. It is amazingly diverse Cathe – I keep remembering other little bits I should have added in! Western Australia makes up half of the country and everything seems to be ‘more’ than elsewhere in the country. I just keep being astonished!


    1. We’re only halfway Janina – it’s been seven weeks today so I do feel as though there is still plenty of time, but it does feel as though I have gone through several trips all at once! The lavender coloured plants are called mulla mulla, there are many different shapes and sizes but these are the most prolific. I love them too!


      1. Thanks, I’ll make a note re the mulla mulla. Time – more about how much you are putting into one post; I’m tending to think you’ll have nothing left to post about when you get back! lol.


        1. I actually cut this one short, it is incredibly slow on the phone! Some areas offer a lot more than others- I have virtually no photos from Ningaloo reef even though it was one of the most spectacular parts. I think the next post will be shorter! I’m putting some drawings separately on Instagram too.


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