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.
26th March, 2012
at 8:45am we sat at a pelican feeding. Unfortunately only one pelican
came. First all children could throw a fish to the animal. Then the
ranger asked who else would also like to do it. I wanted and thus
held out a fish. It is interesting how fast they can snap. After we
drove to the Rainbow Jungle Bird Park. Here we could see many
different parrots and cockatoos. There were many beautiful ones. From
the bird park we changed to the cliffs of the Kalbarri National Park.
First we drove to Red Bluff and got an impression of the cliffs.
After we drove to Mushroom Rock, here we hiked down to the sea. The
cliffs look here like mushrooms. Further we went to the Island Rock,
a rock standing in the sea. Then we continued driving to the Natural
Bride which was eroded into the rocks by the sea. With this view we
left the National Park and continued southwards. We followed
partially the same road as at the beginning our our trip. We left out
the minute's silence at the place of the breakdown. In Northhamption
we wanted to get some cash, but the ATMs did not want to. The first
one did not know about Swiss cards and second one was out of order.
So we continued and could withdraw some cash a bit outside of
Geraldton. With a few stops to photographically capture the landscape
we drove to Eneabba. Our map told that there should be a camping, but
that was not true. So we switched on the navi and were looking for
the next one. There should be one in Leeman which is 31 km away. As
it was already 5:30pm we had to rush as they usually close reception
at 6pm. We passed Lake Loque National Park and the Beekeepers Nature
Reserve. Here a huge salt lake was sparkling in the evening sun. As
we did not have time to stop we will return tomorrow. A bit after 6pm
we reached Leeman and found a place to stay. We parked the camper and
went to the sea to watch the sunset. In the evening we walked again
to the sea and enjoyed an enchanting sky full of stars.
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.
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