Having a bleating good time in Hamelin ...
Trip Start Apr 13, 2011
32Trip End Jul 13, 2011
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On Hamelin Station, which is just short of our official destination for the day (Denham/Shark Bay), happy hour is held in the shade of the big verandah of the newly-renovated shearers’ quarters, around a big communal table. After a couple of “rounds”, people starting getting up to cook their dinner in the big kitchen, after which we sat around together till it got late, swapping our hard-won wisdom from the adventures we’d just had for well-meaning advice from everyone else and/or just trading tall and/or funny tales about the characters we’ve all bumped into. No doubt, we will end up the subject of someone else’s anecdotes somewhere along the trail.
Both of us had spotted the Hamelin Station brochure elsewhere, but luckily Paddy put two and two together, and actually drove into the drive when we got there! It would have been easy to do the last 50km to Denham, but luckily we chose not to, as we would otherwise have missed out on one of the area’s greatest treasures. They’ve done an amazing job of setting up for campers, and we had lots of fun with our fellow campers. This is still a working sheep station, so unfortunately, a good sleep was out of the question on this particular night, as the next morning was shearing time and some 2,000+ sheep were gathered together only metres from our tent, bleating pitifully all night. A few beers around the communal table during “happy hour” helped take the edge off the entertainment provided by the sheep, so we slept a little bit.