We thought a night’s stay in Hall Creek may be on the cards but we decided to just drive through – not the most attractive town in the Kimberley. However, it does have 2 points of interest – 1, a bin to dispose of live cane toads ! and 2, a statue commemorating the feat of Russian Jack, Ivan Fredericks (1864–1904), a goldminer of the Western Australian gold rush in the 1880s. In 1885, while working in the Halls Creek goldmines, he pushed his sick friend in a wheelbarrow 300 Kms through the Great Sandy Desert to Wyndham, the nearest town with a medical centre. He is buried in Fremantle Cemetery.
Fortunately, after a one night free camp at Mary Pool, we discover a great farm stay at Larrawa Station. 4 Kms of dirt road take you to the farmstead of a 500,000 acre working cattle station. We shared the camp with a guy who is travelling with his own home-made helicopter. He is trying to start a business selling filmed documentaries. It was quite strange parking the caravan next to a helicopter. Fresh farm eggs at $4 per doz and beautiful fresh and clean bore water were bonuses but best of all was the camp fire and stars. Also, we were adopted by the farm dog, Morse, for the afternoon.