|The moon looks the same whether viewed through the branches of a Marula in Africa or a Gum Tree in Australia|
It was in 1989 that I first landed in Sydney, Australia and then spent eleven weeks seeing just a little of the south, The Red Centre, Great Barrier Reef, and the East Coast. I had also intended to spend some time in Western Australia but that was postponed when I had to fly home to Zimbabwe at short notice. It's only taken me 25 years to pick up where I left off!
I had several objectives for this recent holiday. First was a family wedding and reunion in Brisbane and next in priority was seeing some of Australia's vast landscapes. Third was sailing/diving Ningaloo Reef on the north west corner of Australia.
So after two wonderful, family-intensive weeks in Brisbane I flew into Perth to start my road trip north up Australia's West Coast.
|Indian Ocean Drive (Yanchep-Cervantes)|
To give you a quick overview of the next 3 weeks, 7 National/Marine Parks and 3,400km on the road:-
1) Perth - Cervantes (via Yanchep and Nambung National Parks)
2) Cervantes - Kalbarri (Kalbarri National Park)
3) Kalbarri - Denham (Stromatalites, Shark Bay World Heritage Area etc.)
4) Denham - Exmouth (via Carnarvon)
5) Exmouth - Karijini National Park and back again to Exmouth incl. Cape Range National Park)
6) Ningaloo Reef (5 days), and then flying back to
I have so many photographs, memories, experiences that I have been struggling to decide how to post about the whole trip. Today, my last real free day at home before the winter safari season gets hectic I just had to get something out for you........... (as they say, the best way to eat an elephant is one plate at a time).
|The ancient "Wicked Campers" campervan that took me over 1,800 kms up the coast|
|Lots of trees this far south on the West Coast|
|Pinnacles Desert, Nambung National Park|
Every now and again amazing views of the Indian Ocean would pop up around a corner. Endless blue seas, waves breaking on fringing reefs, silver white beaches and sand dunes, low green scrub stretching into infinity
|Cervantes, a typical, small West Coast fishing village|
Unusually heavy autumn rains up the whole West Coast produced green vistas everywhere I went. Though as you can see from the picture above this green was very sparse in the sheep farming areas.......
|Kalbarri, where the Murchison River meets the Indian Ocean|
Most of my coastal experience has been on an East coast - it is very disorientating to suddenly be on the other side of a continent!
|Kalbarri NP, Coastal Cliffs|
|Some great walks and bird-life along the cliffs (these are Nankeen Kestrels)|
|One of my favourite pictures.....|
Not long after taking these last photos I twisted my ankle badly on one of the cliffs set of steps. Fortunately I was not far from the campervan & my first aid box. I spent the rest of the day resting my ankle and I skipped visiting any of the Kalbarri NP gorges further inland.
I just had to get my ankle back into better shape before visiting Karijini a week later & then diving on Ningaloo Reef the week after that!
Well, that's all for this blog posting. Watch this space.... when I get back from safari next week I will try to get the next posting on WA (Western Australia) out.