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Pardoo to Port Smith

6th November - 9th November 2012

sunny 35 °C

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Although a little sad to leave, we left Point Samson looking forward to our next destination. We planned on staying at Pardoo Road house, this way we could crank up the air con and leave Tyson in the van and go and have an explore down at Cape Keraudren.

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We have visited this place before, and providing you don’t have a dog, it really is a great spot to pull up for a few nights. Once again, Ben trekked thru the mangroves in search of the elusive mud crab, but sadly again, it was to no avail.

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We spent the afternoon and sunset down by the mangroves, where we met a really nice couple from Darwin. It was good to hear some positive feedback regarding the wet season. They definitely gave us a bit more confidence heading the way we are. We departed Pardoo first thing, and stopped at Sandfire roadhouse for lunch and got some photos with the old signs in the yard. We then continued on to our new camp which was Port Smith. Port Smith is about 160km south of Broome, with 22km of dirt road in. The road is excellent and well maintained. We cruised in doing about 60km per hour with the van.

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Sue and Rob own and manage the park, and it really is a great spot. The park is kept in immaculate condition and $35 a night . They were so accommodating to us, Rob even gave me tips on how to catch these elusive mud crabs!!! Sue cares for injured and orphaned wildlife and she let Cedar hold a baby Wallaby which was really cute to see.

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Port Smith Caravan Park is just a short distance from a natural lagoon surrounded by mangroves. The mangroves grow in the white sand, which is quite unique, surrounded by turquoise water.We stayed for 3 nights, and our days consisted of waking up, going for an explore and a swim, then letting cedar have a sleep (a small nap for Ben also). We also drove around to the north of the lagoon, something we missed last time. It was great to see the sandstone cliffs and beautiful coastline.

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Of course Ben had to try his luck Mudcrabbing and Hoorahh!!!!!! 2 monster Muddies. They tasted fantastic but for some reason there was hardly no meat in them. I am wondering if they were getting ready to change their shell or something?????

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The Caravan park was surrounded by coconut trees so our afternoon activity consisted of moving from coconut tree to coconut tree and seeing who could get the most coconuts down. This was done with bourbon in hand throwing another coconut in the air to hit down the hanging coconuts to the ground. The coconut juice was drank and the coconut meat was smashed up and finely shredded in my juicer.

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Friendly staff, immaculate facilities , beautiful spot a must spot to stop at on your travels.

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Posted by Jenaben 20.11.2012 05:04 Archived in Australia Tagged fish beach mangroves port_smith wester_australia mudcrabs

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