27th March, 2012
the morning at 8am Sandra wanted to exchange a book at the camping
reception, but it was still closed. We thought they maybe have
changed to winter time here in Western Australia without us knowing
it. We knew from former Australia visits that the time changes can be
different in each federal state. I asked at a petrol station and
learnt that Western Australia does not change the time. Relieved we
drove to Beekeepers Nature Reserve to see the salt lake. The salt
shimmers in the light like snow. Left and right of the road is a huge
area of salt. Then we drove with a few stops to Yanchep National
Park. On the way we saw a grass tree with eight seed sticks. That we
have not seen so far.
Yanchep National Park we first booked a guided tour to the flowstone
cave. On the way to the cave I observed two Kookaburras in the tree.
After watching them for a while we went into the flowstone cave. I
was interesting to hear how they develop. We could touch a broken
down peace of the rock. It looks like ice, gleams in the light, but
feels like stone. After the tour we went to the Koala colony. We saw
a few of them sleeping. In the same trees there were many, many black
and white cockatoos. They made a huge noise and were flying around
all the time. As it was already after 3pm we wanted also to see the
kangaroos. Here in the park there should live some Western Grey
Kangaroos. As we did not met any on our walk I wanted to go back to
the Koalas. This was a good decision then one of them walked down the
tree to get to the fodder. We watch it very long and had then do
decide what we want to do now as we still did not see any kangaroos.
I called the camping of Midland and reserved a place as we wanted to
drive there today anyway. Immediately after the kangaroos passed
jumping. We were fascinated by these animals which did not let
themselves disturb by humans. Then we drove to Midland to pass our
last night in the camper. In the camping we did not find immediately
our place as we did not see any numbers. A kind man explained that
they stand on the side of the road and we realized that his car is
standing at our place. We put our camper so that his car fitted
beside it. In the evening we started to put our stuff together.
26th March, 2012
at 8:45am we sat at a pelican feeding. Unfortunately only one pelican
came. First all children could throw a fish to the animal. Then the
ranger asked who else would also like to do it. I wanted and thus
held out a fish. It is interesting how fast they can snap. After we
drove to the Rainbow Jungle Bird Park. Here we could see many
different parrots and cockatoos. There were many beautiful ones. From
the bird park we changed to the cliffs of the Kalbarri National Park.
First we drove to Red Bluff and got an impression of the cliffs.
After we drove to Mushroom Rock, here we hiked down to the sea. The
cliffs look here like mushrooms. Further we went to the Island Rock,
a rock standing in the sea. Then we continued driving to the Natural
Bride which was eroded into the rocks by the sea. With this view we
left the National Park and continued southwards. We followed
partially the same road as at the beginning our our trip. We left out
the minute's silence at the place of the breakdown. In Northhamption
we wanted to get some cash, but the ATMs did not want to. The first
one did not know about Swiss cards and second one was out of order.
So we continued and could withdraw some cash a bit outside of
Geraldton. With a few stops to photographically capture the landscape
we drove to Eneabba. Our map told that there should be a camping, but
that was not true. So we switched on the navi and were looking for
the next one. There should be one in Leeman which is 31 km away. As
it was already 5:30pm we had to rush as they usually close reception
at 6pm. We passed Lake Loque National Park and the Beekeepers Nature
Reserve. Here a huge salt lake was sparkling in the evening sun. As
we did not have time to stop we will return tomorrow. A bit after 6pm
we reached Leeman and found a place to stay. We parked the camper and
went to the sea to watch the sunset. In the evening we walked again
to the sea and enjoyed an enchanting sky full of stars.
Sunday 25th March 2012
The alarm clock did not yet get of as early as today. It should ring on 5:45, but I realized it only on 6 o'clock.
We hoped to see the sun through the Nature's Window.
Unfortunately this did not happen until 8 am, so we went to the Z Bend viewpoint.
On our morning drive through the national park we saw an emu and kangaroos.
At the Z Bend we enjoyed the view over the gorge of the Murchison River, the biggest river of the region.
To move a bit we walked and climbed down to the river. The way is 2.6 km long and very step and demanding.
But it was worth it. The only thing disturbing are the flies.
Next we drove to the Nature's Window. We realized that the sun is already too high.
I looked at the path leading to the ridge. It looked difficult and we decided not to hike here.
Then we left the park and returned into it a few kilometer in the north.
We stopped at the viewpoint at Hawk's Head, but it was only a not so spectacular view to the river.
Thus we drove further to the Ross Graham Lookout. Here we saw the river and the width of the park.
We hiked down to the river and enjoyed the different colors of the rocks.
To recover from the heat we went back to Kalbarri.
On the way we made a short stop at the Meanarra Hill Lookout and joyed the endless vastness of Australia.
On one side we could only see the national park, on the other we saw Murchison River flowing into the sea.
The afternoon we slept and recovered from the last days. As the temperature got a bit more bearable we walked along the river shore to Chinamans Rock.
From here we could see the river hitting the sea.
It happens that waves from both sides met each other.
We looked at the sunset, but it was Unfortunately behind the clouds.
As it was Sunday, we enjoyed the dinner with wine.
24th March, 2012
the morning we got up early and thus we also started early. In
Meekatharra I had a problem with the key of the camping as I lost it
somehow after the last toilet visit. So I had to leave back the key
deposit, but fortunately it was not very high. As we started driving
the sky was covered by black clouds and it was not very warm. After a
short time we stopped and changed to long trousers. Thinking about
hot chocolate we drove to Cue and were looking for it in the sleepy
village. Thanks to a hint we drove to the road house. Here we could
prepare the chocolate by ourselves, but it was only one with water.
In the rain we drove to Lake Austin. Here I wanted to take a picture
and Sandra parked the car a the side of the road. As the car stood
inclined and I opened the window, the water flowed into the car like
a waterfall. With wet trousers we drive to Yalgoo to refuel.
Unfortunately the machine did not accept my credit card. But we saw a
church built by Monsignor John Hawes, the architect of the cathedral
of Geraldton. This one we just watched from the outside and continued
over the granary of Western Australia. In the interior we saw may
harvested grain fields.
arrived at uur destination Kalbarri a bit after 4pm and found soon a
camping. This time we got to Kalbarri without breakdown. As there was
still some time left, we went to Nature's Window. Here the nature
etched a window into a rock. We had to hurry as it was already late
afternoon and it starts to get dark already after 6pm. On the way we
met two kangaroos which left the road only after we took sufficient
pictures. More picture stops followed and we reached the main road as
it was already quite dark, but the the many stops were worth it.
Friday 23th March, 2012
was awake already at sunrise. I went outside, observed a small
rainbow and enjoyed the sunrise. Sandra got awake a little bit later
and thus we started early today. We hiked to the Fortescue Falls
which is a bit smaller that the one yesterday. But we could climb the
rocks at the sides and thus could enjoy from all sides. Then we
walked on a venture along a unsigned path. It proved to be right
path. We ended up at the Fern Pool, a small pool with a waterfall. We
enjoyed a refreshing morning bath and swam a bit. There was a sound I
did not recognise. When I saw the bats in the tree I knew the source
of it. Back at the start we walked to two lookouts. On the way we
often saw grasshoppers flying away. Our destination we reach after a
bit more than 30 minutes. From the Cirular Pool Lookout you can see
another pool deep in the gorge where already a few people were
swimming. We went back on the same way, but it was a bit faster as we
had less picture stops. That was our last hike in the National Park
and we decided to drive to the south.
lunch break and refuelling stop was at a road house. Here it was very
busy and we a few road trains (trucks with several trailers).
our 600 km long drive we saw a few animals crossing the road. First a
dingo, then two big lizards and some cattle. From time to time we met
an oversize truck with different load, from big tires to houses. The
further we got the more pools where a the side of the road. At one
spot we could not help but had to stop to take a picture of them.
bit after 5pm we reached Meekatharra where we found a place on the
camping to stay overnight. In the evening it got cool fast and we
were glad about a jacket. Now the temperatures got more pleasant and
in the morning and in the evening it is already getting cool.