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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri May 11th 2019

Where did our week go? This was our last day in Kalbarri before heading off early in the morning for Exmouth, about an eight hour drive. So we had to do laundry, vacuum some of the red dust that infiltrated our vehicle and get our packing organized. We did have a chance though to explore a couple of nearby spots and spend a bit of time taking in the sun on the river mouth beach. Meanarra Lookout This lookout sits several kilometres east of town and gives panoramic views of the Murchison River, Kalbarri on its banks and of course, the vast Indian Ocean. Clearly visible also, were several clearly delineated black areas which were the sites of localized bush fires. The hill sits within the Kalbarri National Park which is without trees and as far ... read more
Looking Towards Mouth Of The Murchison
Burnt Out Areas In The National Park
Meanarra Lookout - Kallbarri In Background

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri May 10th 2019

Some of the early history of Western Australia is symbolized by the Murchison House Station which sits about 15 kilometres from Kalbarri. It was founded in 1848 and we can only picture how difficult life would have been in those days. There were no cars or paved roads and some 600 kilometres from the tiny settlement of Perth, it was remote. Of course today it is very accessible. Typical of country properties, the station covers 350,000 acres. Traditionally it was a pastoral sheep station; today they raise goats and cattle, and run tours. The property is littered with all manner of vehicles including a landing craft that was used in World War Two in the Invasion of North Africa by the Allied forces. Post war it was used to install the first power lines from Perth ... read more
Original Material In Bibra Cottage
Landing Craft Used in World War kycz
Entrance To Shearing Shed

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri May 8th 2019

The Murchison River meanders its way to the Indian Ocean cutting a swath through the stratified rocks of the region. Today for a change of pace we decided to hike into the gorge about a round trip distance of three and a half kilometres. The descent involved climbing over giant boulders, negotiating crevasses and narrow canyons, and even climbing some man-made ladders. There was that familiar feeling of “what were we thinking?” The gorge is stark with stratified layers of multicoloured rock formations signifying the action of water on these ancient rocks. At the bottom there is plenty of water in the river which propels the brown sediment that is visible at the river mouth in the town of Kalbarri. Occasionally, you can see fossils of ancient worm-like animals embedded in rock. After a short snack ... read more
Lookout
Fossilized Rock

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri May 7th 2019

So we thought we would get our sea legs by having a snorkel in a “sheltered” reef area called the Blue Holes, just 500 metres from our unit. It wasn’t a great idea. By the time we got our thermal tops, masks, snorkels and fins put on, getting into the water was a challenge. It was surprising because we thought the reef, about 100 metres out, would put a brake on the swell. Wrong! Ten minutes of being thrashed around in the strong current was enough for us. It wasn’t all disappointing. We got to enjoy sun, sand and a glorious view of the ocean on a mostly secluded beach. In addition, there were plenty of crabs crawling around in the sand, including one, a brightly-colured yellow whose name escapes us. We are happy to enjoy ... read more
Large waves breaking over the reef
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Cute Yellow Crab

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri May 6th 2019

Kalbarri is the sort of place where nothing much changes over time. My first visit here was 1983. Our last visit here was seven years ago, and as we drove along the main drag today, we got confirmation that all was as before. That is the charm of Kalbarri, sitting where the Murchison River meets the Indian Ocean. It is a place to contemplate the peacefulness of your surroundings, far away from the stresses of city life. People take things leisurely where a quick take-away order of fish and chips is likely to take 40 minutes as it did our first night. But, we thought in our rush-rush world, what’s the hurry. The mood of the ocean and surrounding hills changes from a menacing grey under a cloudy sky to a glittering sparkle when the clouds ... read more
Colourful flowers with the ocean as a backdrop
Fishing - a popular pasttime

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri March 19th 2019

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. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri November 30th 2018

We left Jurien Bay and were straight back on the Indian Ocean Drive. It was a lovely road with very little traffic apart from some three trailer road train lorries. The road had plenty of overtaking lanes, regularly signed (next overtaking lane in 5 kms) to stop you taking silly risks, but they weren't really needed as even the big lorries could maintain 110kms/h and everyone drove to the speed limit. We drove through Geraldton, a place I would call a proper town, with a population of 40K and things like carpet and furniture shops, DIY stores, hospitals and dentists - all the services you need to get by. During the course of our travels it became clear that people travelled significant distances from 'up North' and the Outback to shop in Geraldton and I could ... read more
Coastline
Kalbarri pelicans
Me, windswept in Kalbarri

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri July 28th 2018

Just for Singles Kalbarri Christmas in July 23 - 27 July 2018 with Villa Holiday/Travel. Collected from and returned to my home by Villa. Comfortable coach for the duration of time away and good accommodation; plenty of comfort stops; well organised day activities / sightseeing and bonus visit to the Hutt River Principality for those who wished to go there or free time in Kalbarri. River cruise included lunch and fantastic views of the red limestone cliffs.... read more
Kalbarri
Kalbarri
Kalbarri

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri July 26th 2016

Geo: -27.6568, 114.395Shell & I were up early as she'd got a horse riding session which I pre booked last year, I did email them before we left Hong Kong to confirm the start time as dependent on the weather it would be 08:00 if it was fine or 09:00 if there was a problem and they promised to email me in advance to confirm the start time. Unfortunately despite another email from me nothing further was heard, not looking good we thought, anyway off we went arriving at the ranch at 07:30 to allow for briefing etc. As we pulled in the place was deserted, there were plenty of horses around but no cars or people; we wander around the stables and accommodation bloc, nothing so back to the car we went with heavy hearts, ... read more
Big River Ranch Horse riding
Big River Ranch Horse riding
Big River Ranch Horse riding

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri July 25th 2016

Geo: -27.6568, 114.395On route up to Kalbarri we wanted to take the kids to see the Pinnacles Dessert, we stopped after an hour or so to stretch our legs at a lookout, Shell and Sophie went off first followed by the rest of us it didn't take long before Sophie came running back with her fingers to her lips " come quickly there's a Wallaby just around the corner" sure enough as we rounded the bend in the track there not 4m away was a fully grown Wallaby munching on the vegetation, not a care in the world. Whilst it saw us it took no notice and just carried on feeding, then I spotted two Joeys hiding just off the track. By the time we left we were close enough to touch the mother, what a ... read more
Our Friendly Wallaby
Our Friendly Wallaby
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