Time to rub it in.

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 22:41
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Well as I have just spent the last 6 months here in Broome in one of the driest and hottest wet seasons we have ever had now is the time of year that reminds me why we live here. Its also the time when we can enjoy our fantastic dry season weather and I can rub it in a little to all you people stuck down South where its cold and wet.
Anyway I am in the process of setting up to take the family away for the long weekend this weekend. I am taking Friday off work as well to make it worthwhile and we are headed to one of those secret local spots along the Dampier Peninsular road to Cape leveque. Its a spot on the coast and I know the land owner so he has give us permission to camp there.
Picture fresh oysters the size of dinner plates scraped off the rocks and grilled with some bacon and worcestershire, picture huge blue bone, mangrove jacks or for some fun large trevs and queenies that you can practically see take your bait.
Picture crystal clear water for the kids to swim in with pure white sand. Picture 2 or 3 familys sitting around a roaring campfire enjoying a beer or wine.

It doesnt get much better than that.
Makes the hell of the last 6 months worth it.
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Reply By: Footloose - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 22:53

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 22:53
Picture housing and grocery prices so high that you can't afford to live there. Picture the temp variations so high that it rains only around the gutters of the house as night falls...and there are morning fogs followed by blistering hot days.

There again, picture Cable Beach. You bastard !

Oh did I mention thats its one of my most favourite towns in Australia ?

:))))))))))))
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 22:54

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 22:54
Apologies for my language. I've no excuse. Being stuck here freezing my fingers off at the keyboard while Broome awaits does that to me :)
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Follow Up By: troy35 - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 23:12

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 23:12
I couldnt agree with you more about the housing and grocerys which is one of the reasons why we are considering moving back to melbourne at the end of the year...But while I am here I will gloat.
And as for the language... I am a bastard becasue I am here and your not.
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Reply By: Member - Dave H (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 22:57

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 22:57
Will be there in about 8 weeks leaving Melbourne in 4 weeks
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Follow Up By: troy35 - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 23:16

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 23:16
The good weather will be gone by then Dave H, sorry to tell you. The wet season will be almost here then...Just kidding.

I just came back from the shop with my daughter and she asked how cold it was in melbourne. I told her that it was half of what the current temp was here and she had a jumper and trackies on. It was 18C here.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 09:53

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 09:53
You can afford to buy at the shop ? You musta gone to Pt Headland :))
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 18:58

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 18:58
Yeah Port Headlands great like that, if you shop like most of the locals you don't even have to pay. LOL
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Reply By: seamus - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 23:22

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 23:22
You are just making me more unhappy.

Wife and I have just come back on Monday from an 11 day trip with Red Sky finishing up at the Hunter River and then a flight back to Broome. Can't stop thinking about catching all those fingermark, jacks, muddies and the great warm weather plus the magnificant scenery.
I'm in Perth with the heater on-------how depressing is that after we have been having cold water showers up there.
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Reply By: fisho64 - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 00:53

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 00:53
Picture tourists flooding in by the thousands,bleep"locals" stumbling around the streets at all hours begging smokes etc, inflated prices due to the tourist bubble. After spending a couple of years fishing up there I thought it was nice but a bit over rated. One of those places where (like new years eve) you think you must be having a good time cos everyone else says you will.
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Follow Up By: troy35 - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 09:59

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 09:59
Even paradise has its bad points fisho
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 19:02

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 19:02
I only went to Broome in the 80's when I was still at school. Didn't think much of it to be honest, humid as crap and we grew up in the desert so swimming was out... Pretty crap really.

I'd probally have a different view if I were to go back now I spose. My cousins all moved there from down south and love it.... Me I just hate humiditiy. That's what gives me the willies about Perth in the Summer, sticky muggy yick.

Desert. Hot and dry during the day, cold at night so you can sleep. Love it.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 03:13

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 03:13
"Oysters the size of dinner plates"

Na! Too big mate and I prefer them natural with coriander, lime juice and wasabi.

Wouldn't mind the hot weather though. It's been bloody cold the past few nights down here in Adelaide.

Actually, sounds like you are going to have a beaut weekend and what better way than sharing it with good friends.

I'm taking my Wife and Dog camping at Blanchtown on the River Murray for a couple of days of R&R, but not too much of the Recreation:-)
Any excuse to use the Camper and Boat and just get away from the big smoke and "Chill out". (Pun intended)

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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 08:39

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 08:39
G'dayTroy35,

A cruel man you are! It sure doesn't get much better than that and I'm still mystified as to why you would want to leave paradise - what's wrong with you? I note your qualification about the wet (not) season and you concern about having your family in Melbourne (mind you over several post you have painted this as both a positive and a negative).

Now as I will be up there for the first time in August/September this year and will be travelling with several couples including a mate that habitually outfishes me so I need to know one good spot where I can finally inflict my revenge. We'll be there for a couple of months (all of the Kimberley) and I wouldn't normally ask a fisherman for a secret spot but seeing that your leaving anyway, felt it probably wouldn't matter to you.

I know I'm appealling to your sense of humour and granted it won't be as widespread as this post of yours but rest assured if I outfish this guy his feeling of dissapointment would be equal to all EO readers.

Kind regards and hope to catch up.
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Follow Up By: troy35 - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 10:25

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 10:25
G'day beatit,

Even though its great living here there is more to life than camping and fishing. The kids are getting older and there is schooling etc to think of for them. Many people end up leaving once their kids get older. Its a tough decision that we have thought about all year and still dont have an answer too.

Now onto your secret spot. I see you have a tinnie so you want somewhere that you can get out to by boat but not too far. There are lots of different spots but what works good one day might produce nothing for the next 20 days you go there. If you have a sounder a spot I used to like going to is on the other side of Roebuck Deeps which is the channel that leads into the wharf area. Launch your boat at the boat ramp that is at the end of the car park (Not the first one closest to the jetty) and head straight out until the water starts to get deep (around 90 metres) then when its starts to rise again on the other side is where you want to be. You have to search a bit using your sounder but along this edge somewhere is a really good spot for Blue bone. As for the other secret spots you will have to e-mail me as I am not going to repeat them here.
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 11:00

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 11:00
G'day Troy,

I know what you mean about kids but mine have grown up (24 and 26) but the oldest one still lives at home. So you understand why I might be trying to get away as opposed to bonding closer.

All to familiar with the vageries of fishing but there is nothing like some local knowledge to narrow down the search when time is limited. I have recently added a sounder to the tinnie so should be in a position to find changing depths without too much trouble. I appreciate this tip because my mate does not have a sounder so he could just miss out - great to have a mate like me hey - but we are competitive.

Not sure if your email address, are you Troy on the members list? Otherwise my email is theo.moret@qed.qld.gov.au

Kind regards and thanks
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Follow Up By: troy35 - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 14:34

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 14:34
My e-mail address is htsbme@wn.com.au. Drop me a line if you like and tell me what your planning.
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Reply By: Jolly - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 09:07

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 09:07
Don't bother coming guy's....
Prices have gone up even more....No camping spots left...all gone...
ten million people in town.....
Find your own "Good Spot"

I hate Tourist season.........
Bwaaaaaaaaa........
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 09:24

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 09:24
G'day Jolly,

Jolly must be based on your name not your disposition? Now if you were silly enought to leave heaven even for a holiday to our neck of the woods we'd receive you with open arms because you are after all part of the EO family!

So how about it, where is that good spot hey?

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 10:02

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 10:02
Don't bother coming guy's.... we're on our way, like it or not
Prices have gone up even more....impossible
No camping spots left.......don't worry, we'll camp anywhere
ten million people in town..... and the other 10 million are coming
Find your own "Good Spot".....we already have..and we're not telling

heheheheh
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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 10:49

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 10:49
Hmmm...sounds nice....but you can keep it :)

I love the snowies. I like our crystal-clear cold water streams and rivers. Our place outside of Cooma is totally infested with brook trout at the moment. Cold, clear nights, good wine, food and a campfire. Cool mornings followed by sunny days.... hmmmm.... heaven.

Horses for courses I guess. I suppose as long as you are happy where you are and who you're with - that's all that matters in life.
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Follow Up By: troy35 - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 14:32

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 14:32
Chrispy,

After 15 years in ther tropics I would like nothing more than to be in your area enjoying the cold mountian air, a bit of trout fishing perhaps.
I have always wanted to take the kids to the snow and hope to maybe next winter.
BTW How do you go with your RB-30? My GQ has a RB-30 as well. Have you had any problems with it in terms of being under powered?
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 14:56

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 14:56
Hey there Troy

Come on down any time :) You can see where I'm talking about (our place) at:

www.omaroo.net

The RB-30? Underpowered? Yeah... a little. I've done a couple of things to pep it up though, and they do make a difference.

1) Remove the pre-heater gauze from the carby.
2) Install Genie extractors or equivalent
3) Get a good tune done by a carby specialist - and get them to overhaul it with a full kit while you're at it.

I've bought myself a full Nissan RB-30 out of a VL. It had smashed bottom ends, so I got the whole long motor for $250. I/m going to migrate all the fuel injection gear across to my motor when I get time. This should help not only power (maybe... ) but allow me to point the car skywards for longer than a minute before the carby's float bowl empties.

Failing all that - I have a roots blower sitting on the shelf..... :)

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Follow Up By: troy35 - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 17:02

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 17:02
Chrispy,

I have already had a look at your website. Loved the photos, so did my girls who are horse crazy.It looks very dry, is that due to the drougth?
I already have extractors but was wondering where I could find the preheater gauze in the carby. That sounds like something easy to do?

Its not in the air cleaner housing is it?
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 18:03

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 18:03
Hey Troy :)

Yeah - the place is dry right now. We are in a double rain shadow too, so even when Cooma proper (16km's away) gets good rain, we just watch the clouds go overhead. The drought is really afecting the whole Cooma-Monaro area though....

Righto - the pre-heater gauze. No - it's in the carby, not in the air pre-cleaner. Four bolts to undo the carby and then it's pretty obvious where it is. I'll try and find a picture in the manual and scan it for you........ Oh! Wait! I just remembered that I lent my manual to a mate - who hasn't returned it in over 6 months :(
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Follow Up By: troy35 - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2005 at 15:53

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2005 at 15:53
Chrispy,

Its okay I have a manual so will take a look. Is the power increase noticable and will it be at the cost of a much higher fuel consumption?
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2005 at 16:07

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2005 at 16:07
Troy - the power increase is not what you would call "noticable" as such - but I've heard of quite a few people removing it and then universally say that they do think it "makes it up the hill just a tad further before they have to change down..... "

I dunno - I reckon that it had a little more than before I turfed it. Hard to tell without a dyno.
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Reply By: Redback - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 10:52

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 10:52
A place is only as good as YOU make it.

Enjoy what you have and where you are, i know i do.

I love winter no crowds, great fires to sit and talk about the day doesn't get any better, if it does i wanna be there.

Baz.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 17:13

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 17:13
What's the job market like in Broome?
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Follow Up By: troy35 - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 17:43

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 17:43
The best its been in 15 years. It took me a month to find staff for a job vacancy I had. The local paper can have up to 3 pages of jobs some weeks. It really is the best I can ever recall it being. What is it you do Dodger?
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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 19:33

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 19:33
If you are still looking for staff, I am a jack of all trades and can turn my hand to most things.
An E mail with your ph no.
See members page.
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Follow Up By: troy35 - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 22:05

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 22:05
Im right now but if you give me a run down on what it is you do or what type of work your looking for I can certainly give you some contacts.
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Reply By: brian - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 22:20

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 22:20
troy 35 we are interested in going to broome,is there a way to get a local paper from there ??? like to check out job and housing market,is property a good investment in your opinion ?? my email is fitzgerald@speedlink.com.au thankyou.
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Follow Up By: troy35 - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 22:53

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 22:53
Property in Broome is a good investment if you can afford it. Broome is a boom town at the moment although things have slowed somewhat like it has everywhere. if you contact the Broome advertiser Im sure they will send you a copy of the local paper.
Here is their e-mail address.
manager@broomead.com.au

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