Monday, September 28, 2009
The shot above is me munching a muesli bar reward at Edney’s Lookout. Andrew did 18kms overall – all in a day’s work for him. No wonder at Cobra station the lady admired his calf muscles – she told us later that her husband had commented on her gaze.
I have to say that this part of WA, isolated and rugged, is not my favourite part of this beautiful and impressive state. It is a long way to drive, unless travelling from somewhere else on the way, but the eroded plateau that is the Kennedy Ranges where the eroded parts of the plateau form spectacular cliffs, does offer some impressive views of the ruggedness of this arid part of WA. The range experiences a desert climate and much of the national park is waterless.
However, the above shot is a typical Kennedy Ranges view (the little dots at the bottom are us at the camp) and it is beautiful in its stark majesty.
So, I woke from an impromptu afternoon doze in my chair to find Andrew chatting to Gordon. It was hilarious when Val (my sometime Canberra bridge partner) and I sighted each other across the dusty campground in the Kennedy Ranges of WA. We had a pleasant dinner together and decided to meet up again in Carnarvon and travel together for a few days. The photo is in front of their camper with our Priscilla and Max in the background.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Tikka, Joka's cocker spaniel who loves the water. Joka takes her for her daily runs which consist of Joka driving and Tikka strolling or running outside the car.
Tikka is a character. When Joka goes out Tikka immediately leaps on to the sofa, where she is not allowed when Joka is at home. She ignored Andrew and my presence, we obviously did not count, as far as sofas are concerned.
Joka, Andrew’s Dutch former sister-in-law has been very kind in giving us shelter while we are having Max serviced and just generally enjoying the temporary haven of being in a solid house again for a week.
The weather is quite warm and pleasant here in September. We are whiling away the time before heading south where the climate is still inhospitably cold.
Distances here in WA are vast. It is a large and very under-populated state but it is full of amazing natural beauty. The Pilbara was spectacular. We are trying to decide whether to go to and visit the Kennedy Ranges and Mt Augustus, double the size of Uluru. The distances are the limiting factors.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Once you get in you can stay up to a month and move from one camp site to the next. Your vacated spot is snapped up by another camper. There are toilets provided but you need to carry your own water.
The photo above is of the queue at the ranger station at the entry point to the park.
We were at Ningaloo out of season for the whale sharks and unfortunately for us the weather was not the best for snorkling, with strong winds and swells lasting two weeks. We still managed to enjoy ourselves swimming in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the lagoon.
Large spangled Emperors swim close to the shore, you feel you could catch them in your hands but it is a sanctuary with no fishing allowed. Coral Bay is pretty but a tourist place pure and simple. We spent the day there and moved on.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
It is regarded as somewhat of a badge of courage among campers to free camp as much as possible. That is why I tend to emphasise on the blog the best free camp spots we have found.
We travel with the campers bible called Camping Australia, which is now up to the fifth edition. It lists all the free rest places in every state. Our hardback edition of Camping 4 also has many photos, which the softcover version doesn't have. It is the best thing we have ever bought by way of a travel book. Campers everywhere compare experiences and tell each other the best free camping spots.
There is a general feeling that "soft campers" tend to use caravan parks all the time while the "real campers" free camp. The soft campers tend to be the Winnebago and campervan crowd. We are fully self-contained, carrying toilet and shower so why not free camp as much as possible?
Some people carry a portable shower which they use out in the wild. We have a solar shower which I have illustrated earlier on the blog.
It is Cleaverville bush camping just north-east of Karratha. We stayed two nights and that was just enough. I need more excitement.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I promise these are the last of the Karijini photos. But the NP lives on in my memory.