Coolgardie to Kalgoorlie

11 August—12 August 2002 It was cold overnight at Scenic View bush camp and the tent collected a load of condensation, so we had to give it time to dry out in the morning. Just as we had almost finished packing up, a bloke showed up in a short wheel-based Land Rover and told us…

A camp near Coolgardie

10 August 2002 It felt good to leave Perth and go bush again.  The wheatbelt region of Western Australia presented us with the unusual prospect of rolling green hills; but after travelling east for about 300 km, we found ourselves in the bush again.  The first sign of this was the salmon gums with their…

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…

Tom Price to Exmouth

6 July 2002 Tom Price is a mining town in the Pilbara. It was not as cold Karajini, but it was not much warmer either.  When we rose at 6.00 a.m. to break camp, there was a lot of birdlife in the caravan park, including noisy mynahs, spinifex pigeons and corellas. After dropping the trailer…

Karajini to Tom Price

4 July—5 July 2002 Our last day at Karajini National Park involved a day trip to Kalamina Gorge, which was the easiest gorge to walk down.  We went as far as the arch, and lay around sun baking within view of it.  The rock patterns were endlessly fascinating.  Every three metres one of us would…

Karajini day 2

3 July 2002 On our second day at Karajini National Park day we headed out to Weano Gorge, some 43 km away along well-graded but very dusty, gravelly, and somewhat corrugated roads.  We followed the path to Handrail Pool, which was as impossibly beautiful as it was slippery.  We managed to avoid falling into the…