Packing up took a bit longer today as the majority of the stuff was out of the van and we had to do a mega shop to last us for the next 2-3 weeks as we set off for the Gibb River Road via Derby.
Before leaving Broome we had a few stops in town. First stop the Sun Theatre which is an outdoor picture theatre. It was built in 1916 and is still used today for movies and theatre productions. Unfortunately, there was not anything appropriate showing on during our stay in Broome so we didn’t see a movie. The Great Gatsby was starting in a few weeks which would have been fantastic. But we were privileged to see a one-off performance by Sam and Patrick. It was in the genre of slapstick comedy and was truly hysterical.
Then to Paspaley Pearls to get me a belated birthday present. Lucky me! We finally left Broome at lunchtime. On the drive to Derby we spotted a bit of wildlife; dingoes, bungarras (big lizards similar to a goanna), kangaroos, cattle and lots of birds.
Just before Derby we stopped at the Boab Prison Tree, and Myall Bore and cattle trough. The hollow boab tree was said to have once been used as an overnight lockup for Aboriginal prisoners on the way to Derby.
The bore was built in the early 1900s to feed a massive 120 metre long trough. This trough provided water for up to 1,000 head of cattle at a time. It is thought to be the longest troughs in the southern hemisphere and was used as the last overnight camp for cattle before being shipped out of the Derby port. The windmill now pumps the water into the trough following the flow reduction in 1919.
Music by Macy Gray and Lenny Kravitz.