Margaret Zweck was guest speaker at the October meeting of Probus Club of Clare.
Eleanor Thomas introduced Mrs Zweck who told the members about her recent outback trip.
Mrs Zweck showed the group photos and told them of the trip from home all the way through to the northern end of Australia.
From Cooper Pedy to Alice Springs, across the Tanami to Hills Creek – the campers stopped at Renahan’s Bore.
Mrs Zweck commented on the cold overnight weather and how the road condition was better than expected.
The travellers spotted a few camels along their trip, notice the vegetation was healthy – with strong flowering vegetation – the native hibiscus was in full bloom.
Mrs Zweck said they spent time at Hall Creek, Purnululu NP – where they took a helicopter ride over the bugles.
She commented about Ord River, and said they were told to watch the first creek crossing called ‘number plate creek’ and they soon worked out why when they crossed it.
Onto Fiztroy Crossing and enjoyed cruise along Geike Gorge
Mrs Zweck said they had their first sighting of freshwater crocodiles. The group spent time in Broome where they saw the Heave sunset and attended the races.
It was then onto Dampier Peninsula, via Beagle Bay the Aboriginal community and they visited the Sacred Heart Church established by the Trappist Monks around 1890.
The crew visited Cygnet Bay and viewed the pearl industry – family owned still and now have next generation Aboriginal workers involved in the business.
Mrs Zweck said they witnessed a number of ‘first encounters’ along the trip including the burning of Aboriginal land and frogs in toilets.
They were away for 11 weeks and travelled 14,000 kilometres.
An interesting presentation from Mrs Zweck, with much more presented to the Probus group present on the day.
Roma Jaeschke thanked Mrs Zweck and presented her with a gift from the club.
The usual Probus proceedings were held with roll call, national anthem and morning tea.