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.
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.
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.
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
17th March, 2012
before sunrise we awoke as I wanted to take pictures of the sunrise.
But according to Sandra I was not allowed to get back inside of the
camper. Already inside I heard the flies buzzing and when I went
outside I was surrounded by some of them. Now I understood Sandra's
warning. Soon we continued driving and enjoyed the morning atmosphere
around us. Far ahead a kangaroo crossed the road. Our first
destination was Carnavon, a seemingly nice town. Unfortunately the
road was under construction in the center. We enjoyed a breakfast and
went shopping and filling up fuel. Then we drove to the blowholes
where a nice coast awaited us. The blowholes produce only small
fountains as the tide was not yet in. We thus decided to drive to
Lake Macleod, a salt lake. After we came back again to the blowholes,
but now the fountains were gone. After the next fuel stop we drove to
Coral Bay. While driving I saw some strange rocks and asked Sandra,
if they might be termite mounds. With some distance, we did not know
if these animals attack, we made a few pictures of them. Later we saw
a emu crossing the road, good luck we did not need to slam on the
brakes. In Coral Bay we were looking for a camping. Unfortunately we
could not rent snorkel equipment for today anymore, thus we have to
wait until tomorrow. Shortly before sunset we took a refreshing bath
in the sea. For the sunset I was back at the shore, but Sandra stayed
in the water.
dinner we go a show as a silly German remove this clothes and run
from the kitchen. I did not really see it as it was behind my back,
but Sandra had a VIP place.