Have you ever visited a location for a weekend away, perhaps on a return visit and upon leaving found yourself glancing back. In a sub – conscience, day dreamy kind of way. Pondering the next trip, saying to yourself “sooner not later” as you start to drive away.
This happened to me just recently after a long weekend at Mercedes Cove on the Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome.
With so many places to see. And so few weekends and even fewer long weekends, unless one creates a few. What is it that makes one return to a location they may have visited only a few weeks prior?
In our family it’s always a great discussion on where the next trip will be. The kids are in on the gig, they love being part of the process. When I brought up the topic, and suggested a return trip to Mercedes Cove it was unanimous yet a tad unprecedented.
Why go anywhere? We live in Broome, it’s all just five minutes in any direction. Why go three hours up a goat track to escape a place people travel four flying hours to get to?
“We travel – go camping, to get away, not to escape life, but so life does not escape us”.
The track up the Cape is rough in the good areas. And a sandy, corrugated, suspension killing, trailer axle snapping horrendous goat track in the bad areas. It never fails to disappoint.
The kids think it’s a great adventure, however after four trips up and back in the year my patience and enthusiasm is being tested. In the spirit of adventure – another trip.
On this visit we stayed in a different mode of accommodation from our first visit. This was exciting for the adults, however had little bearing on things for the kids. The kids did get to participate in some ocean kayaking which really made their weekend. Adding something different to your earlier trip does add that element of unknown and variety.
The whales being so close, and in regular attendance was fantastic, it’s really beaut to be on the beach with the kids and have a humpback breech or tail slap at a distance you can clearly see and hear. Or to lay in your bed at night and float off to sleep to the sounds of lapping waves and slapping whale tails.
Extraordinary experiences for the kids.
However the biggest thing for us is, Mercedes Cove gives you a feeling of being removed, remote and alone. We can wander away and find our own little piece of seclusion even during the busiest month of August back in Broome.
Returning to camp we know we will only see a handful of people, it’s a great example of less being more.
The friendliness of everyone concerned at Mercedes Cove makes for a wonderful experience.
Sometimes you get to the end of a really rugged, rough track and are rewarded with a special location or stunning view. Other times you get to the end of that track and you don’t see the beauty of the location no matter how good it is because all you see is the hordes people you have to share it with.
At Mercedes Cove you’ll get the stunning location, minimal people, great accommodation options, friendly vibes and a whole lot of Kimberley seclusion just waiting for you to discover.
To move, to breathe, to float, to roam the roads of lands remote – Hans Christian Anderson.
Mercedes Cove, go if only once.
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