17th June, 2012
the night we experienced different noises. First our fire alarm
started to beep and only calmed down after we removed the batteries.
We guess it was the cold smoke from the fireplaces. Then there was
the howling of the dingos and at the end the birds whistling their
just started to drive when a few wallabies jumped over the road. A
bit further a dingo crossed the road. At Yurmilkmik we started to
hike to a viewpoint. We just start as Konrad spotted moving rocks. At
a second look they were wild pigs. Some of their ancestors must have
we crossed a suspension bridge and hiked through dry grass to the
view point. Here again we had a wonderful view over the National
I got induced to walk another few kilometers to the Motor Car Falls.
A wide path led nearly to the falls, only the last few meters we had
to climb over rocks. The effort was worth it as we got to a waterfall
with a relaxing ambiance.
at the camper we continued driving to Bukbukluk and a short walk
allowed for another view over the park.
we drove to the Gagudju Lodge in Cooinda. On the way we saw at times
the flames blazing in the grass to clean the country.
a break we drove to Nourlangie. A walkabout passed different places
with rock art. Then we walked up the nearby Nawurlnadja and enjoyed
the view to Nourlangie. As the sun was about to set we drove slowly
back to the camping site. On the way we saw a wallaby crossing the
road. In the restaurant of the lodge we enjoyed a nice dinner. Our
stock of food is going low and as we are soon flying back we did not
15th June, 2012
journey went back to the Wangi Falls. Here we hiked around the
waterfall and enjoyed the view. But for a refreshing bath it was
still too early for us and thus we decided to continue. Tolmer Falls
we watched from above from a viewing platform as they were very high.
we went to the Tabletop Swamp. Here a short hike lead to a small pond
with trees in the water. We did not go too close as there could be
Florence Falls we put on the swimming suits and packed a pick-nick.
We first hiked along a creek to the waterfall basin. We enjoyed a
refreshing bath and I tried to swim to one of the two falls, but the
drift was too strong and I did not reach it. After we had a nice
pick-nick and let us dry by the sun.
last stop was at the termite mounds. On a field there are many mounds
build like a slim wall in north-south direction. Thus they get in the
morning and in the evening the full power of the sun, but not during
noon when it is the hottest. On the other side of the carpark were
other termite mounds of the more common round type. One was much
taller than Konrad.
this experiences we drove to a camping and found there a place for
we saw from time to time some wallabies, but they always jumped away
before I got a picture. In the evening we saw a few grazing in the
pasture just next to the camping.
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.
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.