Joined February 2018
  • Day57

    Karajinni National Park

    June 17, 2018, Indian Ocean

    We camped at both the Karajinni Eco Savanah campground and Dales Gorge. Over a few days we hiked through the numerous Gorges and swam in the rock pools. My favourite was Knox Gorge. The swims were very refreshing and the water crystal clear. Loved the nature all around.Read more

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  • Day55

    Making our way to Tom Price

    June 15, 2018, Indian Ocean

    Travelled off the main road as much as possible on way to Tom Price. Found some wonderful spots to stop at. The serenity and solitude magical

  • Day52

    Ningaloo - out on the reef

    June 12, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We spent a very special day out on the reef snorkling and swimming with whale sharks. The sea life was vast and colourful. Bruce was fortunate enough to swim by a turtle. When swimming with the whale shark there were moments where it felt like you and the whale shark were alone in the ocean swimming together. A totally magical moment.
    Also on the day we had a massive pod of dolphins swimmimg along side the boat. We were standing some 3 feet from them as they swam along side us. They seemed to be having so much fun.
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  • Day50

    The road to Ningaloo Reef

    June 10, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Bruce joined me in Carnarvon and plans to travel with me for as long as we can both live so closely together. A challenge for us!
    Leaving Carnarvon we camped in the dunes at the blow holes and the wild weather arrived. Continuous rain and gale force winds resulted in little sleep that night. I did discover my van has a leak which meant wet bedding. - not happy.
    The following night we free camped by a dry river bed. In the morning we planned to run up the river bed. Imagine our surprise to find a fast flowing river (photo 1).
    We spent a couple of days relaxing at Bullara Station. A 250, 000 acre working station that also derives income from tourism. A very well managed and comfortable spot to chill - the coffee and scones available on site were delicious.
    Our introduction to Ningaloo Reef was camping at Mandu Mandu Beach (a part of the National Parks service) and exploring the Gorge and the beaches. Spot the rock wallaby in photo 4. I'm intrigued by how they manage to scale the face of the Gorge.
    So many beautiful sunrises, sunsets and starry nights. I'm loving the Australian outback more each day.
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  • Day41

    Kalbarri to Carnavon

    June 1, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The weather began to improve on leaving Geraldton. We camped at a number of beach sites, caravan parks and free roadside camps on our way to Carnavon. The weekend in Kalbarri included enjoying a 8 kilometre cliff walk, in the company of dolphins in the sea below. Nine holes of golf for me the following morning then a spectacular gorge walk. We also spent a night at the Monkey Mia Resort. This gave us an opportunity to enjoy a stunning sunset and a pre dinner cocktail and fantastic dinner. It also had us on site to see the dolphins first thing in the morning. Leone was fortunate to be one of the few spectators to be chosen to feed a dolphin. One final overnight stop at Gladstone Bay before Leone flew out of Carnavon to make her way home to Adelaide.Read more

  • Day38

    Heading North

    May 29, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    After my quick trip to Syndey and Adelaide I met up with Leone (a friend from Mylor days) in Perth, who was going to be travelling with me for a couple of weeks. Before beginning the trek up North we spent our final evening Sunday 20th May in Perth with Wesley, Diana and Sophia.
    Monday we set off, sleeping our first night at the farm before exploring New Norscia, a monastic town settled by the Benedictine Monks in the mid 1800's.
    Leone and I continued up the coast finding a number of beautiful seaside free camping sites and low cost bush camps. Very peaceful and serene. Time for beach walks and watching sunsets. A brief episode of wet, windy weather saw us spend a night at Geraldton in a caravan park and gave us time to explore the town, a history rich in shipwrecks, before driving further north to Kalbarri.
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  • Day30

    Family and Friends

    May 21, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    My time since arriving in Perth has been spent between Wesley's and Diana's (nephew and his wife) home in Stirling, and at Bindaree, my brother Erik's farm, an hours drive north of Perth, then Sydney and Adelaide. All of which has been great for catching up with family and a few friends.
    The farm was a time for connecting with nature, generally relaxing and the icing on the cake, enjoying a warm sauna followed by a quick dip in the dam, under a starry sky. Absolutely fantastic experience.
    Sydney was for wining and dining, shopping and exploring the beauty of the immediate city coastline. Adelaide was for having my hair done with my fantastic hairdresser and now good friend, Trish. An early celebration of Hannah's 25th birthday and catching up with family. Enjoying a sauna with my sauna buddies and a night at the theatre seeing Hannah's friend Miranda perform in Sense and Sensibility. Sorry to those who may be put out for not knowing I was in town - hardly anyone new!
    I flew back to Perth on Sunday 20th to begin heading North!
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  • Day16

    Perth Calling

    May 7, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    First up for the day a 10 km hike through the Pemberton Karri Forests, then a sneak peak up the first 10 steps of the giant Gloucester Karri tree which is a 53 metre ladder climb to the top. My head and heart couldn't cope with the climb - heights are not my thing!
    The rain set in in the afternoon so I head for a caravan park instead of bush camping. Have a beer at the Nanup pub before settling in for the night. Wake in the morning to fog and cold air - so happy to have my diesel heater!
    By the time I reach Bussleton the sun is shining a little and I walk the longest wooden jetty (1.8km) in the world. A quick trip to The Flametree winery to taste some wines and spend some money and the another night spent under the stars in a bush camp.
    I am now only 200 odd kms from Perth and suddenly feel the need to get there ASAP so with only a quick stop in Bunbury at an old favourite cafe for coffee and cake then a lunch stop on the sea front in Mandurah I am sharing dinner with Wesley, Diana and baby Sophia (my brother Erik's son and his family). So happy and relieved to have arrived in Perth all in one piece!
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  • Day11

    Heading to the bush

    May 2, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    From Albany I head to the forest country. Found a beautiful spot to have breakfast just south of Denmark, eating with the pelicans and other water birds (photo1). A stroll around the town of Denmark and then into the pub to place a couple of bets on the races in Adelaide. Interesting crowd drinking at 10.30 in the morning just a tad to early for me!
    That night slept in a National Park forest (photos 2 & 3). Early morning climb of Mt Frankland (another form of heaven) - and another 360 degree view of the local area.
    Stepped back in time at the Northcliffe Pioneer Museum and then for some culture/art at the Understory - art in nature. Beautiful place.
    Quite an exhausting day so spent the night close by at Sids - a bush campsite with $5 hot showers - luxury. Relieved to have had no dramas with my van for a couple of days.
    Off to Pemberton and the Karri forests tomorrow.
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  • Day6

    Challenges on the road

    April 27, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Although the places I visited and the campsites I stayed at were in beautiful locations I experienced my first bit of angst since leaving home. After stopping for a relaxing lunch I was accosted with a continuous high pitch alarm which was related to my van step. A very annoying high pitched sound to drive with. My problem solving skills let me down. Once I arrived at my destination and camped overnight, the sound disappeared. Not before I sent an 'urgent' email to Phil, my warranty manager. I did wander whether my emails were already being blocked by him, having sent him a number of emails already in the last six months.
    I camped on the edge of a river inlet to Munglinup Beach - beautiful peaceful spot. I must have been distracted when I set off on my morning walk as I missed noticing a bee hive situated in a rock face. Running, screaming from a swarm of bees, I was stung at the edge of my ear canal entrance - painful as it was I realised a bee in my ear canal would have been far worse. End of walk.
    After an overnighter in a National Park at Fitzgerald River I tested out the 4 wheel drive capacity of the
    Hilux and my skills. Needed to release the tyre pressure due to the corregated road and then use my compressor to reinflate them. I felt really clever and almost a man!!!
    But not so clever - miscalculating arrival time at campsite - arriving in the dark- I managed to scrape my side windows and my roof due to branches and then get bogged on the beach. Not good but luckily help was at hand and I had bought a good spade. I didn't panic(much). I was relieved to leave in the morning without any further issues. My van is no longer looking new.
    A quick trip to Albany to shop and view the National Anzac Centre and soldiers memorial. An episode of Atrial fibrillation - (maybe I need to listen to my heart) - relieved by medication (first one in months maybe stress related) and then I head off to find that evenings campsite. Where will I be tonight?
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