Blogs from Western Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia August 17th 2019

Broome to Karijini We started off with a long drive from Broome to Port Hedland, where we stayed in a free camp at the turf club for the night and stocked up on more groceries. South of Port Hedland we stopped the night at one of the most magnificent free camps we have come across - Albert Tognolini Rest Area. We enjoyed the sensational sunset over the valley with a small campfire while the kids enjoyed a swing Lachie had made up. Not too far down the road we arrived at Dales campground in Karijini National Park where we camped for 4 nights. Dales Gorge was stunning with red rock contrasting with the white snow gums. We had a swim at Fern Pool and enjoyed sitting on the rocks by Fortescue falls. The following day ... read more
Our car and caravan Vs road train
The Spider Walk
Port Hedland Salt

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia August 10th 2019

Bungle Bungles to Broome We spent a long day driving towards Broome and the mundane roadside bush changed into beautiful old boab trees as we headed further west. Overnighting at menhir roadstop, we were less than 2 hours away from Broome and itching to catch up with Aunty Emma, Uncle Nik and baby Harry. We've had such a great time with family, swimming at the pool, playing with Isabelle's new frisbee at the park and learning how to make pizza dough with Uncle Nik. Juliet turned 2, so we celebrated with a cake, and headed to Cable Beach for a BBQ lunch, dip in the water and danced to some music at the twilight markets. It's been so lovely having time to relax with and watch as the girls played with their newest cousin Harry ... read more
Cable Beach Broome
Splashing at Cable Beach on sunset
Massive Boab Tree

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome August 10th 2019

I have been quite slack in writing stuff down so a few things are out of order, but you'll get the gist. The drive back to Broome was moderately uneventful. Just wanted to get in and set up camp, grab some tucker and some food. Actually, I think this was the day that Amy, Suz, Jen and Phil did the camel ride on Cable Beach. By all reports it was quite scenic but there were sore butts and legs all round. Went for a drive on the (Cable) beach this morning. Wow! Great beach with the most blue water ever, but missing that darker blue channel we were looking for just off the beach that might hold something a bit fishy. From there we did a little sightseeing down to the port (closed due to a ... read more
Cute little fella and Bailey (Cable Beach)
Waiting for the Cable Beach sunset

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fitzroy Crossing August 10th 2019

Not much to report for today (Sunday). Got up from our park in Broome, packed stuff away and headed down the bitumen highway toward Fitzroy Crossing. The landscape was not overly spectacular and the drive was interrupted by a stack of roadworks so the 400 km drive took a bit over five hours. We spotted a free camp in our camp books up the road towards Tunnel Creek (the other end from a week or so previous). The books gave us a bum steer but we ended up accidentally finding it. A great little spot, that we had to ourselves, that included a bunch of Boabs and Gums in a sort of valley surrounded by beautiful, mini-gorges. I hope the photos do it justice. Next morning, my family and Di did a cruise in the Geikie ... read more
Boab Quarry camp
Boab Quarry sunset
Geikie Gorge

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Bungle Bungles August 10th 2019

Visiting Purnululu was one of the main stops that we were looking forward to on this trip. We drove on from Fitzroy Crossing, stopping briefly for fuel in Halls Creek. After much to-ing and fro-ing we decided to camp at a caravan park (Mabel Downs) rather than one of the free camps so we’d feel a little better leaving our gear when we headed down the 50km track into the NP. In the end, Di and Tony were again kind enough to look after the (now) four dogs - Bella and Bailey, Jack and Kimberley - while the rest of us went in for a look. In short, it was pretty damn cool. We did some walks in the South end first including the Domes, Cathedral and Piccininny lookout. They were as picturesque as the professional ... read more
Nath and Suz at the Bungle
Nath in a hole at the Bungle
Amy or Nath at Echidna Chasm

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia August 10th 2019

Today was all about driving. We have all wanted to do the Tanami track - just because. Not much on it but it is an iconic 1,000 km odd stretch of road in Australia. First stop was back in Halls Creek for lots if fuel, including the jerry cans, and a pie. From there it was straight to the Tanami. Approximately 100 km down the track is the Wolf Creek Meteorite Crater. That was pretty cool. Not quite to the scale of Wilpena Pound but still impressive. At the top of the crater was a fella called Benji. He had just finished riding a motorbike across all ten of Australia’s deserts in Guinness Record time! He plans to circumnavigate Tasmania on a jet ski next year as his next adventure. On the way out we passed ... read more
Wolf Creek meteorite crater
Wolf Creek meteorite crater
Wolf Creek ruins

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia August 6th 2019

30/7/19 After leaving Mandurah on Tuesday morning we took the Kwinana Freeway north towards Perth. Skirting the city was easy enough and then we turned east along the Roe and Eastern Highways through the W.A. wheatbelt. We had a few 24hr free camps mapped out to get us to Kalgoorlie at which point we turned south toward Norseman before embarking on the Nullarbor and eventually back into South Australia. York was our first stop. Such a picturesque main street with its heritage buildings; it was a shame there was car parking in front of them all – ruins what could be a good photo opportunity! Campsite was at the Avon Pioneer Park alongside the Avon River where several vans can park nose to tail in a service road behind the main street. 31/7/19 On to Merredin ... read more
73007.2 York Town  Hall
73007.7 church at York
73007.11 Avon Park campsite

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kimberley August 6th 2019

I found a really good deal for Berkeley River Lodge on the internet so we decided that, as we would never be likely to go to this part of Australia we should bite the bullet and do it. The normal discounted prices I checked were way too rich for us so this seemed like a good idea at around 1/3 of those prices. On offer was a 5-day stay at a luxury lodge with only 20 villas and no children under 18. Included were all meals and drinks plus the return flight from Darwin and all activities excluding helicopter rides. We left the van with friends at Dundee Beach and drove the 2.5 hours to Darwin airport where we left the car at the long stay car park and walked to the terminal (5 minutes). The ... read more
Darwin fron the Air
Berkeley River & Timor Sea  from the Air
Berkeley River Lodge

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia August 4th 2019

Leliyn (Edith Falls) to Bungle Bungles Edith falls has been a beautiful place to rest, but we needed to start heading west from Katherine and ended up free camping at East Baines Rest Area for the night. Early the following morning we crossed the Northern Territory/Western Australia border, and continued on to a little free camp at Dead Horse Springs right near Lake Argyle. While we didn't have access to the lake, we did visit the picnic area below the dam wall which was a beautiful spot. It is amazing just how big the lake is, and so incredible that diamonds are mined from this region, with plenty of freshwater crocodiles around. Kununurra was our next stop, and we enjoyed two nights with friends Jenny and Shane. Once again we were spoilt with a roast ... read more
Echidna Chasm-Bungle Bungles
Cathedral Gorge-Bungle Bungles
Lake Argyle

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia July 31st 2019

Because this week will be a series of one-night stays as we travel east, as well as limited internet signal being available I was going to do a compilation post but today is deserving of its own special posting: we couldn’t have worked this better if we had tried. We knew the Landcruiser was approaching a special reading on the odometer and we were trying to plan how we could safely stop to take a photo of the dial as it clocked up 650,000 kms. Lo and behold as we were approaching Cunderdin in the W.A. wheatbelt it was getting really close. As we found the only parking bay we had seen in the town the magic 650,000 turned over! Well done “Mara the “Sahara”... read more

Tot: 2.724s; Tpl: 0.044s; cc: 7; qc: 79; dbt: 0.0728s; 1; m:saturn w:www (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.6mb