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 2 – Getting sea water to the ‘Reverse Osmosis Water Maker’

Reverse Osmosis

The Reverse Osmosis Water Maker uses 1000 litres of water to make 200 litres of fresh water, or there about, and if we have been unable to make water for a while and run out we may have to make 500 litres so that is 2500 litres of seawater we need. That’s a lot of water!

The booster pump on the water maker can pump approximately 10 metres with a lift of 2 metres. That is not far enough unless you are on a boat (intended use), so we had to come up with a way to get the water from the ocean to the water maker, we would not always be able to get right near the water supply so we needed something that would be able to get the water when we were up to 100 metres away and with a lift up of up to 10 metres if we were on a small cliff or deep river banks.