Secure Parking Derby

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    • #2580
      SkullDragn
      Participant

      Hi Folks,

      I’m thinking of doing a trip next winter where we’ll tow some 6.5m boats to Derby and spend about 3 weeks on the water. I was wondering if anyone knows if there’s a secure place to leave a couple of 4WDs and boat trailers in Derby while we’re at sea?

      Cheers,

      Nat

       

    • #2582
      Blechy
      Participant

      Hi Nat

      We have done this same trip the last three years in April and plan to go again next April. We always stay at the Kimberley Entrance Caravan Park in Derby and for a small weekly fee Ian and Julie will securely store your Vehicles and Trailers in the Park and pick you up and return you to the boat ramp as required. Give them a call they are very friendly and accommodating. You will enjoy your time on the water up there, it is a magic place.

      Mark Blechy

    • #2591
      SkullDragn
      Participant

      Gday Mark. Thanks so much for the info. Really helpful. We planning to be there in Jun/Jul. Do you think we’re leaving it too late in the season? Do you do it in April to get the best weather?

      Nat

       

    • #2598
      Blechy
      Participant

      Hi Nat
      Jun/July will probably be ok??? We usually go in April which fits in with our Farming. We go before seeding. It can be a bit hot and humid then and we are a chance to get a late Cyclone or a storm, however the easterly winds generally haven’t started by then and the waterfalls are all still running. By Jun/July the easterly winds can be a problem, especially King Sound, big tides and wind can make this very rough. Most falls are probably still running then although after a dry season some falls can dry up. Jun/July will definitely be a lot cooler than when we go.
      Hope this info helps.
      Mark Blechy

    • #2625
      Queste
      Participant

      Hi Nat, just returned yesterday from the same trip, 3 weeks in a 6.75m. The caravan park in Derby were really helpful and I would also recommend them. It was getting dry these past weeks as expected and water more difficult to find freely flowing but fantastic conditions each day 16/32 degrees. Do watch out for the Eastly into Stokes Bay – it’s terrable in a small boat and dangerous if your not prepared. Enjoy. Regards Hamish

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    • #2630
      SkullDragn
      Participant

      Thanks Mark thanks Hamish.

      Much appreciated. Can’t wait!

      Hamish it sounds like there’s a bit of a war story behind your comments about Stokes Bay. Hope you’re not too scarred from the experience 😉

      Nat

    • #2631
      Queste
      Participant

      All good Nat, we were fine as we were loaded well and well organised but our friends who we were travelling with took a lot of water and almost floundered, things can change pretty quickly, Great trip that will be added to along the Kimberley coast. H

    • #2632
      SkullDragn
      Participant

      Yikes! Sounds a bit sketchy. Glad everyone was ok.

      Did you fellas tow a tinnie as a tender/estuary boat? Or could you get to all the places you wanted to without one?

      I’m thinking we’ll want to get up some creeks occasionally ans also do a bit of beach camping. I’m ok with the boats being high and dry (on sand). Not so keen on having to swim to and from the boats on account of the big lizards though. 😉

    • #2635
      Blechy
      Participant

      Hi Nat
      Our boat is a 5.3m Trailcraft and that is fine to get into all the waterfalls and other places. Other boats that have travelled with us have been up to 7.5m and they were ok to go into most places but a bit big to be ideal in a few tight places. If I were doing it in a 6.5m boat I wouldn’t bother with a tinnie. It would be a real hassle to get to and from anywhere, especially if it gets rough. As far as camping on the beach and putting the boats down, you should be fine. Just use a bit of common sense and WATCH THE TIDES. The tides up there are HUGE and they rule everything. I will say that again. Take a tide chart for all the places you wish to visit, use common sense and watch the tides. Tides rule everything Especially Springs. Hope you find this info useful.

      Mark Blechy.

    • #2648
      Spike
      Participant

      Derby caravan park. Ian runs the show, great bloke or try Derby fishing club

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