22nd March, 2012
getting up we heard again a few parrot chicks. Sandra also saw ibises
and thus we went to look for the birds to take pictures. After we
went to the Visitor Center of the Karijini National Park. There we
informed us about the road situation. The gravel roads are open again
since some quite a time.
this National Park you first see red rocks which are partially
covered with green. In the Park we found a few yellow and violet
flowers, but for the wild flowers we are too early. To sea the real
beauty of the park we drove to the the Joffre Falls. We enjoyed the
view to the falls from above and then started the hike downwards. On
the half way I left my hiking sticks at a rock as we now had to
climb. During the hike we saw from time to time lizards, red and blue
dragonflies, a milliped, many birds, frogs and ants. A lizard and a
bird made me stop as I thought it could be a snake. Down at the river
bed we had to go a few meters through water reaching the thighs. Our
pants got wet and Sandra had to care that her mobile phone did not
start to swim. But here you could see the real hight of the falls.
The way back made us transpire. Back at the camper we drove to Knox
Lookout. Here we had an extreme wide view over the National Park and
its deep gorges.
the Junction Pool and at Oxer Lookout we could maze over very deep
gorges. Our last lookout for today was (Mount Bruce). Here we could
see the two highest points of Western Australia.
we drove to the Dales Camping to spend a night in the wild nature. We
failed in starting the grill of camping and the grill of the camper.
So we only had salad and cold chicken. But we could enjoy the sunset
and stayed outside until it got dark.
21st March, 2012
very early in the morning I got waken by the parrots. They started to
make big noise shortly after 3am. In between I could sleep again, but
it was not very recreative. At 5:45am the alarm rung as there is a
long day awaiting us. We enjoyed a bit the morning atmosphere and
started just before sunrise.
first stop was a termite mound to which a sign pointed. Here we
watched it from close. Then we continued driving and had to care that
we did not hit any sheep as they were grazing at the side of the
road. Our journey was accompanied also by emus and a few cows. We
also made a few picture stops in the outback. I realized that
Australia is not really flat as we were passing a wonderful hill
landscape. The area got greener and greener and yellow and red shades
made it very interesting. A cyclone had passed last week and there
has been a lot of rain. The last 70 km to Tom Price are gravel road.
After we passed the 50 km the sound of our vehicle changed
immediately. We immediately found our problem: in the back the left
tire was completely broken. We were looking for the spare tire and
prepared for a long waiting as we did not have mobile phone
reception. But very soon two friendly Australians passed and stopped.
They helped us to change the tire and we were very thankful. They
told us that they are checking the road for damage made by the
cyclone. With the spare tire we drove to Tom Price and looked there
for a mechanic. He explained that a new one will be 300 dollars. Or
he could look if he has an used one. We called Apollo and they wanted
a new one which we should have to pay. Sandra explained that we also
did not have new tires on the camper. The answer as always: the car
was checked for damage. We know this saying already too good. As the
mechanic talked to Apollo, he demanded them to pay. Let's see how
this resolves, but first we enjoy our vacation.
dinner preparation we talked to an Australian who told us that all
gravel roads in the Karijini National Park are closed. The main road
is tarred and can be used. We should go to the visitor center and
inform us about the road situation. We will do that and hope to see
something from the National Park. She told us also that the parrots
are so noisy because they feed their chicks and this all around the
clock. I just hope they do this not anymore beside our camper.
21st March, 2012
have a visitor: my brother-in-law Dominik is in Sydney. Before he had
been working on a farm in New Zealand for two weeks and wants now to
see a bit of Australia. He made a stop here in Sydney before going to
the west coast to Petra. Today I took a day off and we went by car to
the Blue Mountains. Our destination was Wentworth Falls. There you
can see, well, the waterfall which named that village. It is above on
a flat at 871 m, then there are cliffs dropping down and at the
bottom is a wild and deserted valley. Along the cliffs there are
three paths, one at the top, one in the middle and one at the bottom.
We took the middle one and hiked from a small waterfall (Empress
Falls) to the big one (Wentworth Falls). It is quite a dump story as
water dripped sometimes down and we to pass behind or through small
waterfalls. But when the drops fall like ten or twelve meters out
then you suddenly realize how big the overhang is here. After we
watched Wentworth Falls from different perspectives we hiked a bit
more on the flat top. We were looking for a nice view for our
pick-nick, but the bush was always in the way. We have nearly given
up as we found a rock named Flat Rock which goes until the edge.
There we enjoyed our lunch with a beautiful view over the Jamison
Valley which is Eucalyptus covered and framed by red cliffs. On the
way back we again passed the waterfall, then we took the path at the
top of the cliffs which leads back to the starting point. As we did
not want to return to Sydney on the same way we took the road with
the strange name "Bells Line of Road". This road leads
further through the mountains. Sometimes it goes up to 1100 m, but
here the streets and villages are on the top and not in the valley.
We stopped at the nice Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah.
But as it was already half past four we could not buy anything to
drink anymore. The restaurant and the kiosk were already closed.
20th March, 2012
in the morning we went with a bus to the harbour. First we boarded a
glass boat were we could see the floor of the sea for just 3 minutes.
Then we boarded the excursion boat. About 20 persons took part of the
trip. Through big waves we went to the reef. Equipped with snorkel
and flippers we went into the water. Immediately I got a bit panic
and thought: “what I am doing here!” Every time while breathing
in I got salt water into the mouth. I let me bring back to the tour
boat by the safety boat. I explained the problem and I got first an
explanation how to breath. As I told them that I think that the
snorkel has a defect, I got a new one. After I did not have any
problems anymore and I could maze at the beautiful corals and fishes.
I am fascinated every time of the world below the water, I also
completely loose the sense of time.
a small snack we continued. We were looking for the biggest fish of
the world. This is the whale shark which can get up to 18 m long.
They come to the Ningaloo Reef when the corals release their seeds in
March and April. I felt a bit crumbly as these animals are gigantic.
On my first jump into the water I just got a glimpse and the whale
shark was gone. The second time I could watch the guy from the side.
There were another two swims where I could see the animal very good.
It was impressive to swim with them. We saw 5 whale sharks and the
sixth one dived away as soon a we spotted him.
lunch we went to another beautiful snorkelling place. Here I could
peacefully observe the fishes. This was a very impressive day for me.
19th March, 2012
after we had to show the park pass there were any parrots sitting on
the street. The flew away just to land again a few meters ahead in
front of our camper. They made that game twice and then Sandra told
me to go on. We wanted to drive until the end of the park for a short
walk. On the way I saw a kangaroo sitting in the bush. As soon as we
left the car it jumped away. We saw a few more on the mountain side.
We enjoyed from far the jumping animals and continued. During the
drive we also saw a few emus walking through the bush. After a few
picture stops we arrived at Yardie Creek Gorge. There a river is
crossing the park. We hiked for an hour around the river to get an
impression of the landscape at the river. But we did not want to hike
longer as it was already hot. We drove back to the Mandu Mandu Gorge.
Here there is another 3 km hike, but we did not do it as it got
warmer and warmer. So we drove to Turquoise Bay and walked along the
turquoise water. Our last destination on the western side of the
National Park was Mangrove Bay. Not even the hint of Sandra made me
think that it could have something to do with mangrove trees.
had to go back to Exmouth to get to the southern side of the National
Park. After another 20 km we took the way to the Shothole Canyon
under wheels. The gravel road in the canyon goes up and up. For the
last hundred meters we even needed the 4WD. On the way in and out we
saw we saw many beautiful rocks shimmering in different colours. The
Shothole Canyon amazed us with its diversity of colours. Back on the
road we went to the Charles Knife Road. First a normal road, then a
gravel road which leads up higher and higher. Up there was a
beautiful view over the canyons, the sea and the endless width of