"Large tides at Derby.." Derby by australia2

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Historic "colour."

History tells of the days prior to triple-plus-semitrailer "Road Trains".
The port of Derby was one of the shipping outlet ports for the vast cattle runs in the Kimberley region. Pearling luggers had to cope with the huge tides too.
Northern W.A.'s long tides - amongst the longest in Australia and the world are due to the very wide contintintal shelf here. Quite fascinating to watch their effect.

Cattle Ramps.

Hardly,if ever used now they are nevertheless part the outback history.
One can almost hear the lowing of the cattle as they shuffle along the ramp towards us to the prodding and swearing of the cattle drovers.
It is very evocative.
Behind us is the loading wharf.

Wide continental shelf - long tides.

Yes Ann, it does return. And like time it waits for no person.
For me road touring is the only way to get the full feeling of our country. Our Lucky Country. But it takes patience and much time. The wonderful feeling of "arriving" after hours on the road is something very special.
Washing off/down the road dust is very nice.

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  • Last visit to Derby: May 1994
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  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    I keep thinking of Derby as NT, but forget WA extends way up there :-)

  • stevezero's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2005 at 6:49 AM

    We've got a Derby just down the road, I've been to the one in Tassie and have always wanted go to the one in WA. nice pics and history, SteveB

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2005 at 6:42 AM

    My goodness, check that out!!! Wow, where's the water? haha Well, that's Oz for ya. Great pix Laurie!! Cheers, Ann.


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