With a powerful leg kick, I glide below the surface of the azure-blue water off the Kimberley Coast and peer at the white sand below. A dark flash catches my eye. I squint through foggy goggles and spot a long brown thing.
OK, it’s a crocodile. Don’t panic. My head breaks the surface and I gasp for breath. My arms and legs are flailing like a rag doll tossed by a child. Get to shore. Water, water and crocodiles everywhere. My feet hit the sand and I’m running. I won’t stop until I reach that fisherman sitting on an upended bucket.
“You scared of logs?” he chuckles. Logs? You can’t be serious? I’m mortified. Time to beat a hasty retreat back to the safety of the motorhome ... and my mum and two kids.
Two minutes. That’s how long it takes to get from the beach to our perfectly positioned Maui Cascade four-berth motorhome at Barn Hill Beachside Station Stay, 140 kilometres south of Broome in Western Australia. If I’d parked any closer, the waves would be collapsing at our tyres.
I’m new to motorhome holidays, but (when I’m not fleeing “crocodiles”) I’m loving this winning combo of ‘topof-the-line brand-new Mercedes with pristine Kimberley coastline’. It sure trumps putting up a tent for the family.
There is also the joy a fully kittedout kitchen, shower, toilet, two comfy, double beds, a TV and DVD player can bring to a mum desiring a relaxing break. The interior perspective on this glorious behemoth is suitably calming, with blue cushions matching the sea and huge picture windows surrounding the U-shaped dining area.