Great Aussie Adventure

Quandong Point Broome, WA

Quandong Point

Quandong Point… one supper difficult place to leave, we came for a week and stayed 10.

Quandong Point is on the Dampier Peninsular (off the road to Cape Leveque). The distance from Broome (driving) is about 50 Km. When we first arrived the access road was pretty rough with a large wash out and badly corrugated in places but there were a few caravans here so taking it slow people were still getting in.

Most of this area is unallocated crown land that is under native title claim. Since 1994 the area north of Willie Creek to Coulomb Point including 46 kilometres of coast area has been part of the Goolarabooloo and Jabirr Jabirr native title claims.

Life on the road 4 - Power, we need lots of it!!

We have a pretty healthy solar set up by any standard (can read about it in our Solar Power Blog here) but still we struggle!

We have had our share of overcast days since we left and it is coming in to the winter so the angle of the sun will have an impact, but we hoped that we would not have this much trouble keeping the batteries above 80%.

Most mornings we have woken with about 60% on batteries but this morning we dipped to a low of 40% which stopped the hot water system from functioning.

We have 6 x 135 watt panels on the roof so theoretically we should be able to generate 47.64 amps an hour (135x6/17), but that is off course when it is sunny and in summer I would guess, because the highest we have seen in the low 30s, but with the patchy clouds this drops quickly when the clouds move in front of the sun.

Life on the road 3 - Reverse osmosis – getting the hang of it

Reverse osmosis

We have been using the reverse osmosis water maker now for the past 3 weeks, and have it worked out pretty good now; in fact we have it down to a fine art. We never got to test operating it before we left so it was certainly just a matter of ‘I hope we have it installed correctly and it will just work’!!

We both studied the manual and it seemed pretty complicated when you have no idea what you are doing but we just followed the steps for the initial start-up procedure and it all seemed to start and work as expected. The start-up procedure takes about 30 mins I guess give or take and then you are ready to start testing the total dissolved solids (TDS) level of the water, initial tests showed it to be about 450 parts per million (ppm) and after another 30 mins about 400ppm, this seemed a bit high as the manual said we should expect the initial test to be somewhere between 150 and 300ppm.