Monday 9th April, 2012
morning our way led to the 300 souls village Hyden. I made a short
visit at the Peoples Scape Sculptures which are metal sculptures
showing people by some kind of activity. Then we drove to the Wave
Rock, a 110 m long and 14 m high rock wave. The weather eroded the
wave out of the rock. Nice to watch it, but not spectacular. Then we
walked the Hyden Rock Walk to see other rock formations. On the hike
we saw from time to time Rock Dwelling Dragons (a kind of small
lizards) rush away. Then I saw sandalwood which is cultivated here in
the region. We got to Hippo's Yawn as I read the plan wrongly. The
rock really looked like a hippopotamus with open mouth. After this
short hike we drove to the Humps, a nearby rock hill. Here we visited
Mulka's Cave, a cave with rock paintings and hand prints from
Aboriginals. Then we made two short hikes. The Kalari Trail went at
the top of he Humps and beside some more rocks we had a amazing look
over the wide Australian country. Again and again I am fascinated by
the width of Australia. Back at the bottom we decided to walk also
the Gnamma Trail. It lead through the bush and then back to the
carpark. It was not as beautiful as the first hike.
we drove to Hyden and then to Kulin. A bit out of Kulin we saw a few
horses made by scrap metal. Here it is a kind of contest between the
farmers who creates the most original horse.
a short break in Kulin where we saw an Oldtimer museum from the
outside we continued to Wickepin. A bit outside we saw a sign to the
camping of Yealering. We decided to go there and, as yesterday, had
to pay in the hotel.
3rd April, 2012
the morning we visited the dolphin research center in Bunbury. Here
we could watch to films about dolphins, but unfortunately no dolphin
could be observed in the bay. So we decided to continue driving
southwards. In Brusseltown is an old quay going 2 km out into the
sea. At the end you can go below the water, but it was closed due to
the heavy waves. So we drove to Cape Naturaliste and made a short
hike around the light house. I was still taking pictures as Dominik
went back to the camper and met a big kangaroo. Unfortunately it
disappeared until I arrived. Our trip led us throut the
Leewin-Naturaliste National Park. Here there are many flowstone
caves. Some of them were only discovered after a bushfire. The
biggest one open for visitors is Ngilgi Cave. First there was a short
introduction about the cave and after we could wander around by
ourselves. There are many flowstones in different sizes. After we
decided to to visit any other caves as this one must have been the
most beautiful. Back on the main road we stopped at a labyrith. It
was was funny, but unfortunately we did not know that there were also
doors. But until the end we found all paths. After we drove until
Augusta, the most south-western town of Australia. The town seamed to
be very small and thus we drove back to Margaret River. In the last
few years the region around Margaret River made a name for good
Australian wine. We saw many wines during the drive.
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.
24th February, 2012
at um 8:30am I entered the time machine which brought me to the year
1830. Tasmania was still called Van Diemen's Land and in Port Arthur
logger camps were build where convicts had to work. Starting 1833
repeat offenders from all Australia were moved here.
1840 more than 2000 convicts, soldiers and civil employees lived in
Port Arthur. After the transport of convicts to Van Diemen's Land
ended in 1853, mainly convicts with psychical or physical illnesses
stayed here. 1877 the camp was closed and many building abolished or
destroyed by bush fires. A few houses got sold and a small town named
Carnarvon developed. The stories told about this place led to the
first tourists coming at around 1920 to see the ruins. Hotels and
shops opened in the area and the place got renamed again to Port
Arthur. End of April 1996 another tragic chapter was added to this
historical place. A spree killer shot 35 people and another 19 got
hurt. Next to the ruin at the place of the massacre there is a water
filled block. I examined the compound in detail and is it was
imposing what all happened here.
the visiting all the buildings I drove towards Remarkable Cave.
According to two maps there should be a gravel road, but it was paved
until the end. What did I learn: do not always believe the map! I
wend down to the caves and could see how a bit of water flushed back
and forth. It was beautiful, even if it just was low tide.
I continued to White Beach. Here I made a long walk along the beach
and enjoyed the turquoise water.
visited the coal mines as I did not yet have enough Tasmanian
history. Here the convicts had to mine coal and also here there were
ruins to visit. On the way to the mines I saw an old friend: a black
and yellow bird. As I later learned this is a cockatoo. Konrad and I
saw already one in the Wilson Promontory National Park.
way led to Taranna. Here is the first animal park in Australia to
give the visitors an understanding of the Tasmanian devil. As I
reached the park the local birds got introduced. Soon the eastern
quolls got fed. Eastern quolls look like cats, but are related to the
Tasmanian devil. It was funny how fast they found their hidden food.
There was still some time until the feeding of the Tasmanian devils
which I was waiting for. The park also has kangaroos and wallabies,
but those I did not visit as I like them more outside in the wild.
The feeding was rough, they get the meat and fought about their food.
That is the reason for their name.