Our first stop to buy supplies for the weekend
This entry is a little late as we were away about 3 weeks ago. We wanted to put it in however as it is a record for us and it shows those of you who don't live here just some of the beautiful places in Western Australia.
We left on the Thursday morning and headed for Waroona Dam, about 120 kms south of Perth. The caravan towed beautifully and the Jeep showed its power. Wouldn't say that it didn't notice the load behind (2.5 tn) but there was still plenty of acceleration left. We cruised at about 90-95 kph, at this speed the computer saying it was being a quite economical.
The first night was at the Waroona Dam Caravan Park where we were able to use the 240v power and the bathroom facilities. The following morning we moved to the other side of the dam where there were bush campsites. We found a lovely spot amongst the tall Jarrah trees, not far from the water. Here we had a problem with the gas to the stove not having enough pressure, but after Rags 'adjusted' the regulator all was well.
That was, until next morning when we found we had
Lake Navarino Caravan Park
This is where we stayed for the first night. Great facilities but as it was booked out from the next day on we had to move.
no gas coming through the pipes meaning we had no hot water for a shower, and as there is a fire ban in the forest area at this time of the year we couldn't cook.
We decided to go home because of this, deciding to stop in at Waroona itself for a bit of sightseeing. As luck would have it, on enquiring at the local farm equipment shop, the owner was a qualified gas fitter who dropped everything and had us on our way an hour later with a working gas system. You don't get that sort of service very often in the city!
We were able to follow our original plan and continued to Hoffman's Mill, once a timber mill town now abandoned and made into a camping area amongst the State forest. After slowly making our way for about 12 kms along a badly corrugated gravel road we found ourselves in a lovely spot amongst the trees with only two other groups camped some distance away.
Walking through the bush we saw plenty of birdlife and both of us took photos of various scenes, it becoming a bit of a competition on who can take
First meal in the van
We cheated as we had prepared it at home and just had to heat it in the microwave
the best picture.
Very early next morning we were woken by heavy rain and the sound of campers jumping into cars. We have got soft, but being warm and dry in a comfortable bed is rather nice! Caravans have a lot going for them.
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