14th March, 2012
got up already at 6am as a long day was waiting for us. First I
called my travel agency in Sydney to tell them about our problem with
Apollo. Allegedly we were unfortunate. They look now how Apollo may
compensate us for the lost time.
just passed Kalbarri as we had already booked the camping in Monkey
Mia. We will come back later. We drove a never-ending road through
the outback to the Hamelin Pool and visited the stromatoliths. At the
rocks there was an emu accompanying us. As we watched the shore we
observed tourists walking on these living rocks which is forbidden.
I think they also do not like to be kicked in the face! On the way
back to the camper I saw a kangaroo jumping away, but not without
shortly stopping for a picture. It was 40° C in the shadow and the
heat made us tired. So we decided to drive without stop to Monkey
Mia. There arrived we made first a break and drunk litres of water.
In the resort emus were walking around. Towards the later afternoon
we drove to the Francois Peron National Park. Only 4WDs are allowed
on this road and the it got more and more sandy. We got a bad feeling
and turned. As soon as we had turned the car we became stuck in the
sand. Luckily there are saving angels. Two kind Australians explained
us, that we should have let off air from the tires. Somehow we did
not consider a sign at the entrance. They helped us and then they
followed us until the park entrance. Somehow we cannot do it without
10th March, 2012
a night with little sleep, it was loud and could, we went northwards.
First we drove a bit back as I had seen a road sign pointing to
stromatoliths (living rocks). A sand road leads to Lake Theatis and
the stromatoliths and we raised a lot of dust. A short path and
boardwalk lead to the stomatoliths. We saw those rocks formed by
micro organisms partially in the water and partially on the land.
we arrived a cormorant flew away. We hoped he would return as he
would be nice on a photo. How should it be, after a while the bird
came back. Our trip led with short photo stops to Jurie Bay. Here we
granted our feet a cool bath in the sea. At time there is often a
warm wind which makes the temperature more bearable, but we do not
feel then how strong the sun is burning. On the way I stopped shortly
to take pictures of trees which were partially burned from the last
bush fire. When leaving the car I hit a wall of heat. We decided to
drive to Geraldton As it was already late afternoon. At the tourist
information we realized that the roof of the car was not completely
closed. A closer look revealed that a clamp was missing. With the
help of a ladder we saw that the moveable strut was bent and thus the
roof could not anymore be closed completely. Many bird voices
accompanied us on this carpark. In the trees we saw many white
parrots. After we went directly to the camping to stay there
overnight. The owner gave us the hint to immediately call Apollo and
to explain the problem. Sandra called as her English is better. They
explained us that it is too late to send someone to have a look. The
office would contact us tomorrow.
a fine dinner and Australian wine we finished this evening.