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March 19th 2019
Published: March 19th 2019
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Day 13 (14/3/2019)

Had a bit of a sleep in this morning, which was something of a luxury, but after 4 hard days on the road it was well needed. Arranged for the caravan antenna to be looked at tomorrow, meaning we will stay in Geraldton a bit longer, but switching to another caravan park afterwards as we need to take the caravan to them.

Purchased some food for the extra few days & the week or so ahead as shops will be rare after we leave Geraldton. After dropping our shopping off at the van, we walked down to the Fishermans Wharf, enjoying some Snapper & chips for lunch at Barnacles on the Wharf. What can I say but YUM! Beautiful flavour & texture; it was some of the best fish I have ever had. After the walk back, it was Happy Hour as we sat outside in the deck chair with a cool breeze floating around. This is the life!!!

Day 14 (15/3/2019)

Left the Belair Gardens Caravan Park at 8:00AM to go get the antenna fixed at Country Time Caravans in Geraldton. The boys here were really professional with first class service, diagnosing & fixing the problem quickly in the most cost efficient manner. Wiring was the main problem (substandard work) & left there at 10:20AM to travel down the road to Sunset Beach Caravan Park 5 minutes away.

Set the van up before heading to the nearby Wintersun Hotel for lunch. This turned out to be rather disappointing, waiting 50 minutes for what can be described as about a 150G steak that was cremated, not cooked to medium. By the time you also got past the gristle, lucky if you got 125G.

On the way back to the van picked up some nice offerings from Delights Gourmet Bakery. This would be our afternoon tea with a hot cuppa before an early evening.

Day 15 (16/3/2019)

Got up early to do some fishing off the beach. Sadly this was all too brief as the wind blew up quite roughly after just a few casts.

Resting up prior to travelling saw a nice leg of lamb done in the Weber for a mid afternoon dinner. Coupled with jacket potatoes, roast pumpkin & carrot, peas & beans plus gravy it went down a treat.

It was then into bed early before the trip to Carnarvon.

Day 16 (17/3/2019)

Left Geraldton at 5:10AM. Stopped at Billabong Roadhouse for breakfast at 8:00AM. Rather expensive for 2 cups of tea & 2 croissants. Next stop was Wooramel at 9:55AM for another cuppa & a chocolate chip muffin.

Back on the road at 10:20AM with a tail wind helped the fuel economy. Arriving at Carnarvon at 1:20PM, we immediately became enmeshed in roadworks with the most random movements of traffic from 5 different directions. After a lengthy wait we finally got into the Capricorn Caravan Park. This lovely quiet park has a beautiful temperature salt water pool & we were straight into it after setting the van up.

A swim made us hungry & we had lovely prawns, scallops, fish cakes & potato fritters from the Westcoast Fish & Chip shop, which we ate next to the now closed 1 mile jetty which had been badly damaged by storms, leaving it unsafe until fixed.

Back at the van it was not long before the tiring day took it's toll & we were asleep rather early.

Day 17 (18/3/2019)

Up at a reasonable time after a good nights sleep. Made our way around the corner to the brilliant Carnarvon Space Museum. Here we learnt all about Carnarvon's role in the Apollo missions. We spent 3 hours here, taking many pictures, watching very informative movies, experiencing launch mode inside a capsule & meeting Buzz the cat who made us feel very welcome. This is a must visit if ever in Carnarvon.

Lamb chops were on the menu for dinner & another big days travel ahead.

Day 18 (19/3/2019)

Departed Carnarvon at 4:45AM to beat another hot day & the strong winds, but Mother Nature had other ideas. We were straight into buffeting headwinds, making our progress tedious to try & maintain a reasonable fuel economy.

Stopped at the Overlander Roadhouse for an even more expensive breakfast than Billabong. Highway robbery at it's finest & our one & only stop at a Caltex outlet.

With progress still slow, we stopped at Nerren Nerren next to the Murchison River for a cuppa. The slow travel takes it's toll on your eyes as you need regular breaks. This one was certainly welcome.

Not far after here we got some sheltered highway & found our speed picked up without suffering in fuel economy. Finally we arrived at Tudor Caravan Park in Kalbarri at 12:35PM.

We set up the van quickly, went for a walk down the road to the information centre, obtaining several interesting brochures. On the way back we checked out eateries, shops & bought some lovely chicken satay sticks for dinner later with pasta. But first, it was into the pool, followed by happy hour, dinner & bed.

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