The camels are sometimes on the beach at 8am; I planned to catch the early morning light on them with the sea backdrop, but not today. We took the bus into the older part of the town 20 minutes away. First stop was old Chinatown, a series of iron-clad shops along the streets and lanes especially Johnny Cho lane which also has historical placards.
The opening of this town in the mid-1800’s was due to the pearling. The local Aboriginals were sometimes forced to dive, treated badly and they often drowned while skin diving. Pearling is now mostly farmed ie cultured.
Around the corner is Shady Lane, where a cute cafe hides, a pleasant place for a meal or juice. Across from the lane is the famous open-air Sun Pictures cinema; the entrance shelters several dusty large old projector; photos of actors of the past adorn the wall..
Needing to stock the camper van, we chose Woolworths over the nearby Coles as the bus stopped at the door – just enough for two days travel to Kununurra.
We walked to Zanders overlooking the beach, as I anticipated the camels would walk past. When they didn’t appear I walked further north to the rocks and saw them in the distance, so they don’t walk down the main beach. I will have to plan to be there when we return in 10 days. We watched the sunset over a good dinner at Zanders, meeting the camels on their return in the dark on the way back.