Blogs from Carnarvon, Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon May 19th 2019

We stopped in Carnarvon for an overnight stay on our way back to Perth. We must say the town is a bit dated. We almost missed getting lunch as several cafes were closing at 1:30. After Exmouth the place is a let down, but there is one place worth seeing; The Space And Technology Museum. I am a sucker for anything related to space. I used to follow the U.S. Space program as a subsriber to NASA during the glory days of the 1960s. The museum is the site of the radio dish which transmitted and relayed images from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. On site outside is the original large dish along with the Sugar Scoop Antenna which was used to transmit the first satellite TV images to Australia in 1966. There are also ... read more
60s Control Consoles
Genuine Fragment From Titan Rocket That Landed On Earth
60s Computer Panels

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon December 2nd 2018

We left Kalbarri on another sunny day with the temperature starting at 33°C and rising eventually to 41°C. We were in our element! I chatted briefly with the owner of the accommodation and he told me that he had recently toured Scotland with his wife and couldn't wait to go again, they loved it so much. The grass is always greener, huh? Australasia is full of creatures that don't feature much, if at all, anywhere else on the planet. I'm thinking of koalas, kangaroos, wombats, etc, though there'll be plenty of other things that aren't quite so symbolic, I'm sure. Last time we visited Australia we were there for two months and the only time we saw a kangaroo was in a wildlife park, so not quite the same as in the wild. Our mission on ... read more
Carnarvon space museum
Steve at Carnarvon space museum
Dry river bed

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon July 2nd 2016

Geraldton gave us a good chance to do some washing and general tidying up. Sadly we were not allowed to clean the van or the car and Geoff had to spend $12 at a car wash to bring the car back to an almost presentable state. The break here was also important as this was a place that we could cast our vote in the upcoming (at that point in time) election. We were not sure where we would be on election day and, at the very least, being interstate it was wise to vote when and where we could. We found the Electoral Office in Geraldton, albeit via the back door, a fact that was of great concern to Margaret, but with a lot of encouragement from Geoff, she did concede that we were in ... read more
Wagoo Chalets
Wagoo Chalets
Wagoo Chalets

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon October 29th 2015

Tuesday 27th - Wednesday 28th October 2015 Towards midnight the water deepened and the wind dropped, making it more comfortable for the crew trying to sleep. Rags spent the last 2 hours before his 0300 – 0600hrs watch sleeping on the couch in the flybridge able to sleep deeply as he knew he would be woken up on time. During his watch he had lightning in the distance and squalls of rain, to keep him occupied. He also had a couple of ships on the radar to watch, the one coming at him eventually crossing our route well ahead of us, the other, which we later identified as True North, sitting on our stern about 3 nm away, where it sat for the next 24 hours. Morning brought smoother seas, but all of us were glad ... read more
Parking area

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon July 26th 2014

First of all I must tell you about the Sherlock River. On our way into Karratha and Dampier we crossed over the Sherlock River bridge. There was water on both sides as far as the eye could see and masses of black swans swimming about. Of course we were moving too fast, there was nowhere to pull over and we had a prime mover with three trailers up our rear. Missed that photo opportunity. Also our friend Sheryl wanted us to steal the Red Dog statue for her partner Shane so he could have it in his lounge room. We decided it was a bit risky and would increase fuel consumption too much. First thing on Sunday morning in Karratha we headed off to Harvey Norman’s looking for a digital SLR camera, they were having a ... read more
002 Gaol Coccack
003 Hill on Pyramid Station
004 Mt Pyramid

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon September 11th 2013

We left carnavon on the 11th sep 2013 , heading north with good southerly winds. along the coast. Decided to have a stop over at coral bay for a sleep before a couple of weeks at sea. lucky we did - water pump decided to spit the dummy- lucky really graeme is so handy and fixed it, with a few not so nice word's. After a couple of hours we where good to go, still along the coast , till just before north west cape it was time to turn of towards cocos keeling. We ask each other if we really going to do this, rather nerve wracking since we both never sailed in the blue ocean. Once turning off there was no way back, wind is only coming from one direction and we were going ... read more
sea eagle
sea eagle
bottel bay

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon August 8th 2013

We head to Coral Bay for a 3 nights. Plenty of snorkeling and most importantly as Andi informs me, I can have a shower. We then spent a couple of days in Carnarvon, staying with a friend Juan, right on the wharf. Juan goes out of his way to make us feel at home, cooking up a seafood feast that left me motionless for a good hour. Carnarvon has a colourful history that was discussed well into the evenings around the dinning table. Juan took us all out on his boat for some up close whale watching with Reuben also spotting a Dugong. Thanks Juan, we had a ball.... read more
Reuben's sand sculpture "mole"
Coral Bay
Coral Bay

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon June 28th 2013

“Yeah Mate, She’s Beaut on the Quobba” Says Jimmy, beer in his hand, dreadlocks and beard. His two Jack Russels squabble over the green ball I’ve just thrown for them, as their owner tells us about how he will have to go back to work pretty soon. He spends six months here and the other six driving a dump truck. He loves the fishin' We’ve been out here on “The Quobba” as the locals call it for a week. We are 75 kilometres north of Carnarvon when we arrive at The Blowholes, and Quobba Station. On the way there are goats, cattle and an odd emu or two lumbers away from the ege of the road. The goats run like the wind, their kids straggling on behind. We find a little camping village where people have ... read more
Camping on The Quobba
The Blowhole

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon June 14th 2013

Coronation Bay We leave Leeman behind and travel along the coastline to Port Denison, Dongara and then into Geraldton. We are going to Coronation Bay, a beachside camp 30ish kilometers from the city. It’s a stunning view as we drive down the big hill into the camp. We are here for the weekend, the weather is beautiful, and it’s hot enough to get out on the beach in my bathers. Hooray. The fishing’s no good, with the reef just off the shore; there is too much weed and rocks as well. I manage to catch a reef cod, but throw him back where he came from. The sunsets are lovely along the coast, and I add another one to the collection. We do some sightseeing in Geraldton, they are working all along the foreshore, and it’s ... read more
Coronation Beach
Island Rock

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon June 7th 2013

We pull into Carnarvon, the town that supplies a majority of Western Australia’s fruit and vegetables. This was a great place to clean up and stock up on supplies. It was amazing to drive around and see the vast fruit and vegetable plantations as far as the eye could see. The park had a jumping castle setup also! Fuel, food, beer, wine, bait...check. Now to the Bluff...yeah baby!... read more
This place has a what!
Yep a blow up jumpy castle

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