|Since we have
been in Barn Hill Susan has been crocheting. She joined a craft group
there who showed her how to go about it and got some materials from
the people there. It is finally finished and the idea was to give it
to the motorhome club who distributes it to old people homes. But she
could not part with it and now has a permanent spot in the bus.
|Sunday 7 September. After
some snorkelling at Turquoise Bay and taking on water, fuel and empty
the cassettes on the way to Corel Bay. We only stayed one day here.
Coral Bay consists mainly of three big caravan parks and some
apartments. Everything was chocke block and they told me that the
snorkelling was not as good as in Exmouth. We just parked the car
besides the beach for the day and left for Carnarvon later in the
afternoon. Just before Carnarvon there was a turn off to Quobba. We
had heard from several people to go there. Even that the weather is
fairly sedate the blowholes are still impressive. The rocky coastline
must make a vertical drop in the ocean and the waves look spectacular
when they hit it.
We are staying in the council caravan park, which is nothing more than
little spaces in the dunes to park the car. No facilities. We are
parked on top of a dune overlooking the ocean.
|9 September. We spend the
day in Carnarvon, shopping, internet and sightseeing. The fuel is
slowly getting cheaper $1.83 and we get the feeling that we slowly
arrive in a more civilised part of the world. I can buy my wine again
in 4 litre casks and the sherry in a flagon. We spend the night at the
beach. 22 KM north of town with 15 KM dirt road. Everything is covered
with a layer of red dust again. Next day we went to the one mile jetty
and took the train ride. Some vandals burned the jetty half way and
now it has 20M of span missing. Nearby is a prawn processing plant and
Susan bought a kilo of tiger prawns which were consumed that night. We
also had a look at the satellite dish which is now decommissioned but
was used in the Apollo satellite program.
Carnarvon disused space tracking dish.
|13 September. Monkey Mia. On
the way to Monkey Mia are several nice beaches which we had a look at.
Because it is the tourist season it is very busy at the only caravan
park in Monkey Mia but luckily a few unpowered sites remain. The solar
panels are doing very well so far. But if we get a lot of clouds for a
few days I will have to put on the generator which has only been used
twice so far. Once for the microwave and once to do the washing.
Feeding of the dolphins is now done three times a day in the
morning. You have to be early otherwise you be at the back of the
line. It is still very organised but even more so now because one of
the dolphins had a baby a month ago and everything is done to keep the
mother happy. There were plenty of dolphins swimming at the designated
feed area but also where people are swimming.
Monkey Mia. Dolphin feeding.
|16 September. On the way
direction Kalbarri National Park. Stayed in Merrin Merrin rest area
and drove to the first section of the Kalbarri national Park.
beautiful sealed road and the gorge was the most spectacular one I
have ever seen. The sides are real rugged and the gorge is wide and
deep. A must see for anyone who visits the region. After lunch we went
to the second section of the park but it was advised that the road was
a bit rough. The round trip is about 60 KM. We decided to hide in the
park somewhere for the night and go early the next day. We have a year
pass for the national parks and this is one of the parks you have to
pay to go in. The road was badly corrugated but fortunately I could
drive between 70 and 80 KH and that reduced the shaking considerably.
Here the gorges were as spectacular as the previous ones.
Kalbarri National Park.
Top: Hawk's head lookout.
Ross Graham lookout
Bottom: Natures Window.
When we were in the park we ran in to a Swiss couple who we have seen
already for the last month. The have a Dutch guest with them. They
mentioned a fish restaurant where they would be that night and we
decided to go there. It happened to be BYO but we have plenty of
alcohol in the bus. We had a pleasant night with them. We left the
bus where it was and spend the night in front of the restaurant. In
case I would have to blow in the bag I would have lost my licence.
There are two national parks in Kalbarri. The other one is a coastal
strip. I always liked the Great Ocean road but the coastline here is
more spectacular. In the morning Susan did the laundry in a
laundromat. It rained so the weather was not suitable for
sightseeing. After morning coffee we went from one coastal view to the
next. The roads are excellent. The weather also cleared up. It is
getting a bit colder and from now on we can expect more rain. Luckily
it blows over quickly as well.
20 September. Arrived in Northhampton. They have a very nice and old
church and Susan wanted to go to church the next day so we booked in
the caravan park. There was another Dutch couple we had happy hour
with. Sunday was cold and rainy and we decided to stay another day.
It is no fun to look at wildflowers when the weather is like that. We
had happy hour in our bus with the Dutch couple because it was to cold
to sit outside. That night we nearly froze to death. The temperature
dropped to 4° Celsius. Next night we made sure that
we would not be cold.
Monday 22. We are heading for Geraldton but the nicest flowers are a
bit inland. We headed for Mullawa, 120KM inland. There we heard that
special flowers which are only found there were another 40 KM. They
are called Wreath flower. It does grow in a circle of flowers. All
along the way we see plenty of colour. Mainly yellow and purple but
when you get out of the car and look around there are far more to
Flowers near Mullawa.
23 September. Geraldton. This is the largest city north of Perth.
First shopping and to the museum. A large part of the museum is
dedicated to a Dutch ship from the VOC. The Batavia. That night we
found a nice camping spot in the fishermans wharf. They also have a
large cathedral and we did the official tour. Drove around Geraldton
to visit all the sights and walked around the city. They are doing a
lot of work on the foreshore and it is looking good. Another night at
fishermans wharf and next heading south. Greenough is a world heritage
listed town which is turned in to a museum. All buildings from around
1850/60. Pity it was raining. But we better get used to the colder
weather and rain. On the way to Cervantes we camped beside a windmill
farm. Wildflowers are everywhere. In Cervantes we walked through the
pinnacles. The bus was to big to drive through. The pinnacles is a
large sandy area with a lot of sharp pointed mounds sticking out of
27 September. Via Moora to New Norcia. This is the only Benedictine
monastery in Australia. They have build a whole village with
magnificent churches and school buildings. A lot of buildings have
been removed and the schools have been closed in 1975. There are still
9 monks living here. We camped on the oval for two days.
Wildflowers near a windfarm. New Norcia boys school. Every
large building has it's own church.
|29 September. Of
to Perth via Bindoon, Yanchep and Wannaroo. We made a brief stop in
the Yanchep National Park. It is close to Perth and we will be back
there. We arrived at the Goedegebuur household in Wannaroo in the
afternoon. We had not seen Bram and Nel for a couple of years. We
stayed with them for four days while we organised parts for the bus
and a technical inspection. To find the parts for the fridge proved to
be difficult. Because Bram and Nel live a fair bit from Perth we
camped a few nights beside the Swan river. We also visited Fremantle
and visited the Maritime museum and had a tour through a submarine.
Also the Fremantle markets. The next four nights back to the
Goedegebuurs. The bus got a good clean and made a few sightseeing
8 October. Back to Perth and our free camping spot beside the Swan
Bram and Nel Goedegebuur.
Technical inspection Perth.
|9 October. Had
a long walk on Wireless Hill. This facility was used during the war as
a communications centre but is now a park with an abundance of
wildflowers. Here we did see the kangaroo paw for the first time. It
is the emblem for West Australia. Did some shopping and drove through
Perth. We ended up all afternoon at Kings Park. Beautiful park with a
birdseye view of the city. We found another beaut spot beside the
Swan River opposite the city.
10 October and parked at Kings park and took the bus in to the city.
Perth has a free bus which drives in a loop to all important spots
near the centre. Spend another night beside the Swan River.
View from bus. Perth.
|Beat that view from your window.