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WA2021: Back Home

Sand dunes on the road to Fowlers Bay

Three months to the day when we left on our adventure we returned back home on Friday. We had planned to take two days to drive between Adelaide, where we stayed with friends, Jill and Ross, and home. However, due to the lockdown we could not stay in Victoria and decided to make the journey in one day. It so happened that this coincided with a band of heavy rain moving from the west the east and, as a result our windscreen wipers were on for the whole drive. In a way, the weather reflected our mood of returning to increasing Covid cases and a lockdown. However, we still visited some interesting places on our way to Adelaide.

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WA2021: Jurien Bay

Sunrise over Lipfert Island on our second morning at Milligan Island Campground

Our last stop before heading inland on the road back to Victoria has been Milligan Island campground, just north of Jurien Bay. We planned to stay two nights but have ended up making it three – perhaps because we are putting off the change in direction from south to east and back home. The news about the number of Covid cases in Victoria is not great, neither is the restrictions that we face when we get back (having had total freedom here in WA).

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WA2021: Karijini National Park

Sunrise over Karijini National park

I had heard so many great things about Karajini National Park from various people that I was looking forward to experiencing it first hand. We had purposefully booked five nights in Dales Campground to give us time to visit as many gorges as possible. After our two nights in a motel at Port Hedland, it was back to camping. It also meant that temperatures were about 10 degrees lower. Yet again our stay here was a mixed experience that almost ended in a less than happy outcome.

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WA2021: Port Hedland

Eighty Mile Beach (my feet got wet taking this one, but the water was so warm)

Mention Port Hedland to anyone and their immediate thought would be iron ore and/or salt. Surrounded by numerous mineral mines and salt pans, Port Hedland is WA’s main port for exporting both. It is also probably not the most likely place for tourists to visit. However, I was interested in seeing the ‘other side’ of WA before heading inland to Karijini.

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WA2021: Highlights #2

Sunsetting on the Windjana Cliffs

Friday 16 July

In an attempt to bring you up to date with our travels, this post describes some of the highlights since our visit to Charnley River. It seems appropriate to complete the picture so far as we are now at our half way point in our three month trip – yes it is six weeks since we left Victoria. Six weeks since we came out of lockdown and, I am sorry to hear that, yet again, Victoria has been locked down. It seems that we are in the best possible place in Australia at the moment.

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WA2021: Charnley River Station

During my 2017 road trip Charnley River Station was a four night pre-booked stop along the Gibb River Road. It was such a great place that it was a must for our current trip. This is particularly so due to it being one of Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) sites giving K plenty of opportunity to photograph birds and other wildlife. If also offers access to a few very picturesque gorges and water holes that are not generally accessible.

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WA2021: Manning Campground

Having missed out on the Mitchell Plateau and resulting in us spending a night at Drysdale Station, we decided on Manning Campground as our next two-night stop before going to our pre-booked four nights stay at Charnley River. Located about 6 km on a track at the side of Mount Barnett Roadhouse, the campground is the access point to the 1.5 hour track to Manning Gorge. On all our bushwalks we have never started a walk like this!

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WA2021: Not there yet

Junkyard at Silverton from yesterday's visit

As I mentioned in my previous post Contingency Planning, we are dealing with a number of variables outwith our control. Having set out this morning, armed with a border permit to cross into Queensland, our aim was to get to the Burke and Wills Dig Tree. I was told that I perhaps should not broadcast where we are going, so like the Government not setting targets for vaccinations, I will resist the temptation to tell you where we are heading from now on (because it is likely to change). From this you will gather that we are not there yet, ie across the QLD border!

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VIC2021: Campgrounds – Smoko

Bright in the autumn presents a magnificent display of colour that attracts crowds of visitors from far and wide. This of course means that accommodation, particularly after Covid 19 lockdowns, is at a premium. It was purely coincidence that I visited the area at this time of the year and fortunate that I decided to set up camp at Smoko Campground.

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VIC2021: Toolangi

With Easter weekend approaching, we decided to get away for a couple of nights, the main reason being to visit Healesville Sanctuary. Realising that this is traditionally a busy weekend, we opted for leaving on the Thursday to beat the rush and headed for Toolangi – the nearest free campground to Healesville. Never having been there before, we were pleasantly surprised with what we found.

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