Into Western Australia

Friday, 14th of June, 2013
It was a cold night – 4 degrees outside, 8 degrees inside the caravan. Clear skies – cold nights. Being so much further West and almost at the shortest day of the year, sunrise is late. This was at 7:50am.

We continued to travel through interesting countryside.
(Lesley’s photo)

We gradually came closer to the Dean Range to the south.
(Lesley’s photo)

Soon we arrived at Lasseter’s cave (Kulpi Tjuntinya).
(Lesley’s photo)

There is a geocache hidden here – but I was not game to make the climb. However, Val was.
(Lesley’s photo)

Instead I took some photos of the scenery around this area.

Returning to the cars along the creek bed.

(Lesley’s photo)

We continued on now having mountains on either side of the road. As you can see in the following photos, it is still very green here, not at all what I expected. Indeed I didn’t expect the mountains either.
(Lesley’s photo)

To the north the Blackall Range was getting closer as well.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

A group of motorcycles passed us. I can’t imagine what it is like to do this trip on a bike. At times it is quite uncomfortable for us. How much harder is it for these bikers?
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

All the time we are trying to find the best path on the road, with the least corrugations and of course having to avoid these patches where, while wet, vehicles have carved deep ruts.
(Lesley’s photo)

We filled up with diesel at a roadhouse in Docker River, an Aboriginal community. We found the store, but I couldn’t locate the bowsers. Turns out the bowsers are in metal cages – I presume this is to protect against vandalism and theft.

Not being used to these communities I found it quite depressive. For me it is hard to understand that the people living here actually choose to live like this. I expected the store to be run by Aborigines – but the store is run by people of Asian origin. Photos are prohibited inAboriginal communities.

There was a fairly well kept camp ground near the community. It was fairly well kept. We had lunch there and I went to look for a geocache. It was up a hill and afforded great views to the mountain ranges – especially to the Bloods Range in the north.

Quite a few wildflowers in this area as well.

Soon we reached the Western Australian border.

We had been given coordinates for a nice overnight stop and directions to find it. We were talking between the vehicles with UHF discussing our way in. Suddenly an additional voice joined the conversation, suggesting it was a bad idea to go in there. It was a police vehicle that had overtaken us shortly before the turn off. His suggestion of going up with a vehicle without the van to check it out was accepted and Val drove up the track and returned, saying that the policeman was right – it was too narrow and some of the bends too tight for caravans.

We turned around over rough ground – my first “off-road” experience with the caravan. It all went well. On the way back to the road, Bruce spotted an area that could accommodate us all.

I walked along the track for a while to an area where I could see most of the mountain chain to the north.

While taking the panorama shots, a bird circled above and came in to land. Is it a wedge-tailed eagle?

We had decided to cook on the fire for tonight’s meal. All of us had a camp oven going on the embers.

Bruce looked after the fire.

After dinner I cleaned out the camp oven and emptied the water near a tree close by. Soon after that, a dingo circled the campsite and settled to lick the ground where I emptied the camp oven. He probably was after the fat that had congealed when I cleaned the pot.

We only started to see dingos a few days ago. I never had seen a dingo in the wild until then.

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2 Responses to Into Western Australia

  1. rosnross says:

    Erich and Lesley,
    We met you at Windorah and have been following your trip which we enjoy reading. We plan to drive the Outback Way in early October.
    RnR

    • Hi Ros and Ross,
      Good to see that you are following our blog. We still talk about your bushtracker – a layout that really appealed to us. And I loved your LandCruiser, if only something like that were available in automatic!
      As of current thinking, we plan to do the eastern part of the Outback Way in September on our way back to Brisbane. Perhaps we meet up as you are heading to Winton?

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