Dunsborough to Perth

31 July—1 August 2002 Our last full day in Dunsborough was largely a service day. Susie and I had to take the car in to town to get air and oil filters fitted.  Whilst we were waiting we went shopping to buy ingredients for a roast dinner that evening.  We also went to the post…

Margaret River “cave crawl”

30 July 2002 We have heard much about the caves in the Margaret River area, so we put a day aside for a “cave crawl”.  We headed off down Caves Road and covered four caves during the course of the day: Calgardup Cave, Mammoth Cave, The Lakes Cave, and Jewell Cave. Calgardup cave was unlit,…

Albany to Dunsborough

28 July—29 July 2002 Our stay at the chalet was perfectly enjoyable.  The kids thought it was really special to be in a cute little cottage, and the proprietors had very kindly left half a dozen fresh eggs in a little basket for our breakfast.  Susie cooked up some scrumptious omelettes and we were soon…

Dunsborough to Albany

27 July 2002 On our overnight trip to the southern-most point of Western Australia, we left the camper trailer in Dunsborough and booked a chalet just outside of Albany.  Given how cold the south-west corner had turned out to be in mid-winter, we were not keen to rough it. We got up as early as…

Dunsborough

21 July—26 July 2002 We set out for Dunsborough in the south-west corner of the state on the last day of the school holidays, so there was a lot of traffic on the road.  Around 2 p.m. we stopped for a lunch break, and just happened to stumble on a small national park just north…

Kalbarri to Nambung NP

20 July 2002 We broke camp in Kalbarri with some difficulty due to rain.  We then farewelled our temporary neighbours from Coffin Bay in South Australia, and hit the road heading south.  We missed the turnoff to Hut River Province, but decided to give it a miss.  Not only was it raining, but the road…

Kalbarri

17—19 July 2002 The next morning we packed up our makeshift camp at the Overlander Roadhouse and drove 250 km to Kalbarri.  The landscape changed markedly during the journey.  Red dirt faded to orange, and we began to find ourselves among eucalyptus trees once again.  We also saw conifers and wattles and grevilleas in flower. …

Hamelin Pool

16 July 2002 We packed up our Gladstone camp somewhat reluctantly and drove back along the dirt road to the highway.  The landscape was sparsely vegetated: at Gladstone, the vast expanses of the desert end abruptly at the sea.  Our next stop was Hamelin Pool, which I have wanted to visit for years.  It was…

Carnarvon to Shark Bay

12—15 July 2002 We spent two nights at Carnarvon.  Unfortunately we didn’t see much of the town and surrounds.  The second day was spent completing schoolwork. I drove into town to get a haircut, but all the hairdressers and barbers were closed.  I got the gas bottle filled and brought some glue for minor repairs,…

Coral Bay to Carnarvon

10—11 July 2002 The next morning we took leave of our neighbours and drove to Coral Bay, which was absolutely bursting at the seams with holiday-makers.  It was all we could do to find a parking space.  Once we secured one, we made our way down to the main snorkelling spot.  Luckily we arrived at…

Cape Range NP day 3

9 July 2002 On our final day in Cape Range National Park we attended to some business in Exmouth, drove back to Turquoise Bay and walked to the beach immediately south of the bay.  There was a strong current moving from the south to the north. I went in first to check to see if…

Cape Range (Ningaloo Reef)

7—8 July 2002 On the first morning at the caravan park the weather was overcast.  I got up and did a load of washing, which seemed like a good idea at 6.30 a.m., but it rained for the second day in a row so I had to get ingenious with the clothesline.  The kids did…