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Murchison River

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  • Day122

    Aussie salute

    March 7 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    As almost every morning, we woke up with the sunrise. It just makes sense to try and use the cooler part of the day for activities. Today that meant exploring the coast line around Kalbarri. We went to one of the parkings and had a walk along the cliffs. We noticed once more that we were the only car on a pretty big car park. By now we are doubting that that is because we are so early. Maybe the West Coast is just not busy generally, it is not main season or corona keeps all tourists away. We don't know but we like it.

    We also went to a place called Pot Alley. On the pictures the water and beach looked very nice. Being there it was actually the impressive red rocks and Cliffs surrounding it that made us like it a lot.

    When we arrived in Kalbarri we did some grocery shopping, but when we returned to our van and wanted to load the stuff in, one of our plates slid out of the kitchen 'drawer' onto the asphalt and broke into many pieces. We already anticipated for awhile this could happen but we didn't really have a solution for it. Now we had enough and searched long enough for a carton box that fit and helped so that it won't happen again.

    Due to a lack of free campsites around Kalbarri we went for a paid one. The bonus of this is usually decent kitchen facilities. To make it easier for ourselves in the evenings, we cooked the warm meal of the day for lunch again. Wraps was on the menu for today, but we hadn't anticipated that we had to share it. Dozens of bush flies joined our lunch, and it turns out that besides our skin, they really like meat and lettuce as well. It was difficult to prepare it properly without them touching everything, and if they fly into your eye on every other bite then eating wraps isn't very relaxing either. We researched a bit about the bush flies and learned that they're the cause behind the Aussie salute gesture, where someone "waves one hand in front of their face at regular intervals in order to prevent bush flies from landing on it, or entering one's nose or mouth". We were slowly becoming masters of this gesture, but were still happy we could escape to our van afterwards where they didn't bother us much.

    We had some time left, the weather was warm and we were in a coastal town. So it was logical to ask for the local swimming beach and give it a go. It was very refreshing but we have to add that even if you know that it's supposed to be a swimming beach it is a bit of an uncomfortable feeling if there is none else in sight. After a quick dip in the refreshing water and a shower, we headed to the perfect sunset watching spot. Yes, we are not getting tired of trying. And this time we were rewarded. Apart from a tiny cloud layer, we could watch the sun disappear in the ocean. Back at the camping the sky turned pretty orange and red which had a cool effect at the river delta. So Susanne went for another small walk before we fell into bed being quite tired.
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  • Day18

    Geraldton - Kalbarri

    February 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Tag 16

    Vorhang auf, die Sonne scheint uns wiedermal ins müde Gesicht und der blaue Himmel motiviert uns los zu fahren. Zuerst fahren wir nochmals kurz zu den Pinnacles, um diese bei Sonnenaufgang zu sehen und den schmalen 4 km langen Sandweg zwischen den gelben Steinen hindurch zu fahren. Danach nehmen wir die Fährte nach Geraldton auf und ich verspeche mir viel von dieser Stadt, denn die restlichen Käffer hier in der Umgebung sind für gar nichts. Dort angekommen übertrifft es unsere Erwartungen, eine wunderbare Strandlandschaft, dahinter liegen grüne Wiesen mit schattenspendenden Bäumen und einigen Cafes. Wir legen uns an einen der feinen Sandstrände und lassen den Tag ausklingen, später am Abend gehts noch ins Pub wo wir uns einen Schlummi gönnen.

    Tag 17

    Wir entscheiden uns nochmals einen kompletten Tag am Strand von Geraldton zu verbringen. Baden, sünnelen und Milchshakes schlürfen. Am Abend gehen wir ins kleine Stadtkino und schauen den Film "Escape Room". Trotz seinen Horrorscenen lässt uns der Film kalt und wir schlaffen ohne Alpträume durch.

    Tag 18

    Heute fahren wir nach Kalbarri, der Ort ist bekannt für dessen Nationalpark und sein Naturewindow. Unterwegs finden wir wiedermal ein Schild das mit "Pink Lake" angeschrieben ist, wie immer prüfen wir das. Und schau da, der See schimmert tatsächlich leicht Pink. Wir geniessen die Aussicht, machen Fotos und fahren weiter nach Kalbarri. Dort angekommen entschliessen wir uns für eine 5 km lange Küstenwanderung und das Highlight, Tags darauf zu erkunden. Zum Znacht gönnen wir uns heute mal ein Schweinsfilet mit Gemüse und Reis, richtig lecker. Später schauen wir uns den wolkenlosen Sonnenuntergang an und geleiten sanft in unser Camperbett.
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  • Day35

    Kalbarri-Nationalpark

    November 4, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    In Kalbarri bietet sich nicht nur der Strand und der Murchison-River an, sondern auch den Nationalpark mit tiefen, langen (80km) Gorges. Deshalb stand Heute ein Tour durch den Nationalpark an. Die Wildflower-Zeit ist leider fast schon vorbei. Die hohen Temperaturen (heute 33 Grad) und der ausstehenden Regen haben dies noch beschleunigt. Die grösste Attraktion des Parks ist sicher das „Nature’s-Window“. Eine Viertelstunde anstehen für‘s Föteli ist gar nichts, ausserdem hatten wir grad einen Bus Japaner vor uns..... So viele Touristen waren grad ein wenig zu viel! Also auf zum „Z-Bend-Lookout“, dem nächsten Aussichtspunkt in die Gorge. Weniger Touris, dafür aber knatschige Schweizer (nicht wir!). Jedoch müssen wir zugeben, dass es nach den Gorges im Karijini-Nationalpark schwierig ist, das zu topen.
    Deshalb haben wir uns mit Teamgeist etwas den Blumen am Wegesrand gewidmet. Fredi hat jeweils einen Stopp gerissen, damit ich mit der Kamera aus dem Fritz hechten konnte. Leider konnten nicht alle 63 Foto‘s aufgeladen werden ;-)........

    See ya, Fredi und Christa
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  • Day33

    Pink Lake und Kalbarri

    February 28 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Wir sind nun in Kalbarri angekommen. Unterwegs haben wir einen Stop am Pink Lake gemacht. Ein Salzsee, welcher je nach Sonneneinstrahlung mehr oder weniger pink wirkt. Bei uns war es leider bewölkt, sodass man das Pink nicht sooo kräftig wahrgenommen hat. Für die Farbe ist eine Bakterienart, welche in diesem See vorkommt, verantwortlich.
    Kurz vor Kalbarri kann man noch einige Stops einlegen, um die Steilküste anzuschauen. Eine kleine Wanderung haben wir hier auch unternommen.
    Den Nachmittag haben wir in Kalbarri verbracht. Ein ganz nettes Örtchen mit schönen Bademöglichkeiten. Nach 2 Tagen offroad auch wieder schön auf einem Campingplatz mit allen Annehmlichkeiten zu sein. Morgen geht es dann weiter in den Kalbarri Nationalpark.
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  • Day246

    Kalbarri

    November 15, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Pelikan Fütterung am Morgen und dann weiter Richtung Süden entlang der wunderschönen Küste von Kalbarri 😍 Am Abend zuvor haben wir auf unserem Campingplatz die größte Ansammlung an Motten gesehen die es vermutlich auf der Welt gibt und dazu „The Boss“ ihren Anführer 😱Read more

  • Day46

    On route to Kalbarri

    May 19, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 13 °C

    First we stopped at the oldest town in Western Australia, Northampton, that had an old convent (photo of Louisa), a tank outside the RSL (their version of the British Legion) and other 'old' buildings much like the other places around here. Before we got to the pink lake we looked around an historical site at Port Gregory where they sent convicts to wait before they were hired out. It was aslo used as the local jail and hospital, although there isn't much left of the buildings even thiugh they are only 160 years old. The land around here continues to get more red and dusty and so amazes us how they manage to farm sheep and cattle here, as grass is non existent. We are seeing many of the small windmills in fields that are used to pump the water up for drinking and road trains that are allowed to be up to 36 meters long here. We had a look at a couple of the viewpoints along the Kalbarri coastal cliffs ad were very fortunate to spot a southern right whale coming up for air and diving down a few times, as they are only just starting to migrate past this area. As you can see from the photo, the wind really got up! Then it rained, first rain here since February! At least the kangaroos were happy as they seemed to all make a beeline for the puddles on the road.Read more

  • Day47

    Kalbarri National Park

    May 20, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Early start this morning as we went on an organised tour at 7 am into the part of the canyons, at the National Park, that are otherwise currently closed to the public. Thankfully the fog cleared shortly after we arrived and we had beautiful skies until a massive downpour on our return at lunchtime. We are really pleased that we did it, as the views into the Murchison River gauge were spectacular. First we went to the West Loop lookout where the canyon's reflection in the water was faultless. The unusual rock layers were really obvious at Nature's Window were we stood on a ridge that had a window like feature. After tasty tea and cake we were taken to the final lookout at Z Bend where the gauge does as the name suggests! We spent the afternoon back at the coastal cliffs walking along boardwalks and looking out to sea where we had some fleeting views of whales.Read more

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