We have just returned to Perth after three months travelling with our caravan. We had two weeks swimming and snorkelling in Coral Bay in June, then decided to travel further north.
The night before we left Coral Bay we had torrential rain all night accompanied by lightning and thunder. The Sunday morning everyone emerged from their tents or vans with shell-shocked expressions. Some unfortunates in small tents in lower areas were in twenty-five centremeters of water.
We packed and left early travelling towards Exmouth then over to the road that leads to the main northwest highway. A little water crossing the road was no problem, but the next small creek was two metres deep and flowing swiftly.
We joined a queue of twenty vehicles all looking to the swiftly flowing muddy water. Over the other side ten caravans waiting. This water subsided after about two hours. The vehicles moved off with a wave to each as they passed. As we were in a medium sized two wheel drive we had to wait until the water was just below our wheels.We proceeded to the next crossing about thirty kilometres further on but this time the water was still the two meters but flowing terribly fast.
We ventured down to the edge of this maelstrom joining others not going any where. Some turned around to try to go back and about an extra three hundred kilometres around a large triangle. In an hour they had returned, the creek we had crossed earlier had risen again. Sooo -- we were now completely stopped front and back. The camaraderie of most was amazing as some in caravans boiled water for some young girls just in a Holden sedan. Out came the card tables, some playing cards others lunch, others just yarning as they moved among the stranded occupants.
By 5.30 the water had gone down so we were towed across by our friends from Coral Bay. The flow was still quite strong so we were hooked onto his Nissan patrol for the tow across.My thoughts about this time was the fact that the extra friendliness happened because we were all stuck, all of us certainly not going anywhere. The next two months we travelled meeting a lot of travellers from all over the world. An experience we toughly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone.