4th April, 2012
rain was the most faithful company we had today. At times weaker, at
times stronger, sometimes a break and then of another time the full
programme. Due to the bad weather we saw a few emus and kangaroos on
the pastures at the side of the road. We wanted to visit a waterfall
at Beedelup National Park. The path led over a suspension bridge from
where we did not see any waterfall. Despite all the rain only a
little water dropped over the rocks. After this short walk we drove
to Gloucester National Park. Here we visited the Gloucester Tree,
which is 72 m tall and the worlds tallest fire lookout tree. The
platform was used until 1952 and in this area 8 other karri trees
where also mounted like that. On a kind of spiral stairs with metal
sticks we could have climbed up, but due to the rain it was too
dangerous. Armed with rainproof clothes we dared out of the camper
and walked a 800 m path to watch karri trees. The karris are a sort
of eucalyptus which is only growing in western and south-western
there is a chain of National Parks in this region we were driving for
hours through many karri forests. Our next destination was the Valley
of the Giants. Here there are tingle trees, another kind of
eucalyptus which can get up to 400 years old. The trees can get 60 m
tall and may have a circumference of 16 m. In the trees there is a
suspension bridge construction so we could watch the trees from
above. The highest point was at 40 m. Then we walked a path leading
to old and partially hollow trees. I was impressed how tall and wide
the trees can get. As it got soon evening we drove to Denmark and
stayed at the water. Next to our camper the Denmark River flows into
the Wilson Inlet.
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.
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.
16th February, 2012
I somehow noticed that today is “Dirty Thursday” and the carnival
starts in Switzerland. I am missing the feeling for time here in
Australia. The sky was clouded as I started driving towards
Scottsdale. Here I stopped to buy food. Then I drove over the interior towards the sea. At Weldborough Pass I made a short stop and
walked through the rain forest. There was much farming in this area
and I saw many cattle herds. One was even escaped and stood directly
on the road. My way led to St. Columa Falls. To watch the 90 m high
waterfall closer, I walked to the viewpoint. At one spot there was a
snake laying on the path. As I do not like snakes that much, to be
precise I fear them, I stood still. The snake did not show any
insight that it should get away. So I had to stamp hard on the ground
to say: “Attention, enemy approaching!” After I took some
pictures, it moved away. I then enjoyed a nice view to the falls. On
the way back I met again an animal, but this time a wallaby.
this adventure I drive directly to St. Helens and informed me about
the accommodation. The kind lady from the tourist information gave me
a hint and I found immediately a room. As it was just past noon, I
decided to drive to the Bay of Fires. The bay is 35 km long and has a
white beach. From time to time there are also rocks covered with red
lichen. Together with the turquoise sea it looked very interesting. I
got the feeling of south sea holidays. I walked for an hour along the
beach and went back as the tide was coming in. Then I enjoyed just
sitting on the rocks and watch the waves breaking. In the evening I
sat a bit at George Bay in St. Helens. Here I could observe rose grey
parrots flying like mad through the air. There were also sea birds to
11th February 2012
enjoyed breakfast viewing two grazing wallabies. Then I took the
shuttle bus until Dove Lake. There I hiked via Lake Lilla to Crater
Lake. As it was not very far from Marions Lookout, I also went up
there. The view over the lakes Lake Lilla, Dove Lake and Crater Lake
is gorgeous. To enjoy the view I had to pass a very steep section.
The steps were nearly to big for me and I had to pull myself on the
steel rope. Down the same way for about 30 minutes. Then I walked
down to Crater Lake and hiked further to Ronny Creek. The last part
was a boardwalk and there I saw a grazing wombat.
I took again the shuttle bus to another stop and walked to two
waterfalls. The Knyvet Falls can only been seen from the side. On the
way there was also a dam constructed by platypuses. I did not see any
animals as they only get out shortly before dawn.
the afternoon it got sunny. I walked for another our on the boardwalk
and enjoyed the nature. There were many lizards and I had to make
sure I did not step on one. As I wanted to look for wombat in the
later afternoon, I went first to the Devils at Cradle Park. There
they showed first a film about the Tasmanian devils. The animals are
endangered because many of them die due to a infectious face tumour.
I could even pet a devil, it has a fine fur. The Tasmanian Devils
seemed to be very relaxed and the keeper could go to them. Then it
started to rain slightly. It got stronger and I decided to go back to
the accommodation. As I arrived it was coming down in buckets.