It has now been more than a year since we moved back to Western Australia and in that time, we have done a few trips here and there, but the energy to write about them has, for some unknown reason, not arisen. Now, with the prospect of another trip across Australia looming in 10 days time, the energy has arisen to write about an earlier trip in Essy … our lovely motorhome.
Spring in WA is all about the wildflowers which bloom in a tide of colour starting in the north and working its way south as the months move on. Many choose that time to take a trip north and then follow the blooms southward.
This from Australian Geographic:
And so, although the weather is not in our favour, we decide to take a trip north as far as Karbarri to see The Gorge, and return using the inland route to see the flowers. We realise that Essy is no longer appropriate for camping along the wild southern coast and so this may be our last journey in such luxury.
Our journey north is taking us along a well trodden path through the south western wheat fields and orchards, through Perth and on to Geraldton – a short hop in Australian terms, a mere 820km – sort of London to Aberdeen!
The weather is definitely not being kind to us. Cool and wet is the name of this game, but on the other hand the cloudscapes are truly spectacular. It is very quiet; it seems the rain is keeping people away.
One of the main attractions which brings visitors flocking to Kalbarri is The Gorge. This from the WA Parks and Wildlife service:
… and this is no exaggeration.
I’m not a great fan of gigantic steel structures in the middle of national parks, but this one is really quite impressive, hanging out as it does, over the side of the gorge and in the process no doubt saving a life or two.
After a night in Green Head, it’s now time to travel south once more to meet up with friends Helen and Michael in Jurien Bay. Among other things they are taking us to the Lesueur National park, which is one of the biodiversity hotspots in WA, and indeed the world.
Lesueur National Park
And so to a few flowers. I have no idea about the names of any of these plants, but the are all exceptionally beautiful.
The aptly named Pinnacles is an extensive petrified forest (or is it?) in the Nambung National Park.
The Australia’s Coral Coast website says:
Located at the southern gateway to Australia’s Coral Coast, along the Indian Ocean Drive, the Pinnacles Desert of Nambung National Park is one of the major natural attractions in the region. The park is located roughly 200km, or 2 hours’ drive north of Perth, and covers an area of 17,487 hectares providing natural habitat for an extensive array of native animals and bird life.
The Pinnacles are amazing natural limestone structures, formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements. The Pinnacles range in height and dimension – some stand as high as 3.5m!
We turn for home
The weather is not being kind to us so we will turn for home. Taking the inland route we return through York, a convenient half way point with it’s free campsite next to the river.
It did turn out to be a last trip in Essy. The fact that it was too tall to fit in our shed (7m x 8m x 3.2m and it still wouldn’t fit) and given that we had no real alternative place to park it, moved us toward letting Essy enjoy life with a new family.
She sold very quickly and we were able to change horses once more to our new rig. For the first time is all our years of travelling hither and thither in camper vans we have gone for a camper trailer, which enables us to have a single motorised vehicle.
For better or worse we will set out in a week or so to travel once more across Australia to see Zoe & Co in Noosa and then Pippa and Tara in Townsville. Should only take a month or two – and around 10,000km.
I do sometimes wonder about us!
Yay! When it’s winter – go to the tropics!
May you all be well and happy.