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To Roma

Waking up to an overcast morning in Tambo, Lesley checked out the weather over the internet. Showers were forecast. As the road we planned to take was meant to be open for 4WD vehicles only, we didn’t want to risk … Continue reading

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To Tambo

From Ilfracombe we travelled via Barcaldine, Blackall to Tambo. Months ago, on our way to Alice, we were travelling through this area and it was very wet. In fact we had to wait in Blackall for the black soil to … Continue reading

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Longreach – Ilfracombe

We left our camp site in the Bladensburg National Park around 8:00am. We don’t normally leave this early, in part to avoid the most active time of kangaroos. Kangaroos where everywhere in the park and I was driving very aware … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs Stampede – Lake Quarry Conservation Park

While we were in the Bladensburg National Park we went for a drive to the Lake Quarry Conservation Park to check out the Dinosaurs Stampede. We left the Kedron Caravan behind and drove out just in the LandCruiser. This is … Continue reading

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Winton – Bladensburg National Park

It was a fairly long drive into Winton along very dry countryside. But it was an interesting ride passing these mesas along much of the way. (Lesley’s photo) (Lesley’s photo) (Lesley’s photo) We had been to Winton on the way … Continue reading

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Hamilton Hotel Rest Area

From Eyre Creek we headed further north to Boulia where we refuelled ourselves and the LandCruiser. We changed direction, now heading east in the direction of Longreach. We stopped at the Hamilton Hotel Rest Area, not exactly in the shade … Continue reading

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To Eyre Creek

In the morning we said our goodbyes and headed off fairly early. From Birdsville we headed north towards Boulia. We stopped for the night alongside Eyre Creek, a beautiful spot in the midst of barren countryside. The birds love this … Continue reading

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On the Birdsville Track

The Birdsville Track starts just north of Marree. (Lesley’s Photo) We saw the track from the air between Marree and Lake Eyre two years ago. From the air it looked like a well maintained road with cars travelling at high … Continue reading

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Marree

From Andamooka we backtracked through Roxby Downs, emptied the cassette and proceeded along the Borefields Road. I can’t say it was an exciting road to travel along. To put it more bluntly – boring scenery, not much change. Eventually the … Continue reading

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To Andamooka

Our original plans to explore Alice Springs and surrounding area on our way back had long been abandoned. We had run out of time. Kay and Bruce had contacted us and asked whether we would like to join them on … Continue reading

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Esperance to Port Augusta

It has been a while since my last post and I can’t see myself catching up soon. So here is a quick summary of our travels from Esperance onwards. We enjoyed a day out at the Cape Le Grand National … Continue reading

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To Kidnippy Rest Area

Travelling across the Nullarbor and the Great Australian Bight to Kidnippy Rest Area with a Kedron Caravan. Continue reading

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to Jilah Rockhole

Still catching up with my blog: 19th August 2013 We are still heading east – a long way to go yet. We passed Caiguna Blow Hole. As at most stops I checked tyre temperature on all 8 wheels and wheelhub … Continue reading

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Baxter Rest Area

Still catching up with my blog: 18th August 2013 We continued to make good progress along excellent roads. We stopped at Baxter Rest Area for the night. Again we managed to drive a fair bit off the road where we … Continue reading

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Esperance to Ten Mile Rocks

Still catching up with my blog: 17th August 2013 From Esperance we headed north to Norseman on a fairly poor bitumen road. In Norseman we just stopped to refuel and then headed east towards the Nullarbor. The road here was … Continue reading

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Cape Le Grand

17th August 2013 I am trying to catch up with the days that I didn’t blog. Exactly one month ago, we drove from Esperance to Cape Le Grand, leaving the Kedron in the caravan park. At the entrance to the … Continue reading

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Esperance – Scenic Drive

We left Mason Bay heading further east on dirt roads. We hadn’t gone far when we came across a sign ‘road damage – slow down’. There was quite a bit of water over the road and I couldn’t really see … Continue reading

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Mason Bay

We left Stirling Range National Park heading South East towards the coast. From Hopetoun the road is no longer bitumen and we let the pressure in the tyres down to cope better with the rough road. The weather was constantly … Continue reading

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Porongurup National Park

From our campground in the Stirling Range National Park it wasn’t far to the Porongurup National Park. We left the Kedron behind to travel to the ‘Tree in the rocks’ area of the National Park. Beautiful flowers greeted us not … Continue reading

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Stirling Range National Park

From Denmark we drove via Mt Barker to the Stirling Range National Park. The drive was mainly through farming country – here canola fields with a backdrop of the Stirling Range. (Lesley’s photo) (Lesley’s photo)   As we arrived in … Continue reading

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Denmark – William Bay National Park

On Friday we went for a scenic drive along the Scotsdale Scenic Drive which took us into the hinterland of Denmark, through Kari Forest, grazing properties and vineyards to the William Bay National Park on the Southern Ocean Shore. The … Continue reading

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Denmark – Wilson Inlet

 In the afternoon of our first day in Denmark, we went for a drive checking out various spots along the Wilson Inlet. Lesley’s photos This is the bar that separates the Wilson Inlet from the Southern Ocean. The area is … Continue reading

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Albany

On our second day in Denmark we went for a drive to Albany. Before getting into the town, we explored the amazing coast. (Lesley’s photo) (Lesley’s photo) (Lesley’s photo)                       … Continue reading

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Denmark

After the tree top walk it was not very far to Denmark. We arrived early afternoon and it definitely was time for lunch. The first place we came across looked inviting and we went in for lunch at Ravens. What … Continue reading

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Valley of the Giants

On our way to Denmark we detoured to the Valley of Giants. When we arrived at the Tree Top Walk a fine drizzle was in the air. This is a truly amazing experience to walk up these giant ramps until … Continue reading

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Walpole

We left Shannon National Park and drove towards Walpole. There still was intermittent rain. Shortly before Walpole we saw a sign for a lookout, in the middle of the forest. What could there be to see from here? A short … Continue reading

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Shannon National Park

It was time to leave the Margaret River area and head towards the south coast of Western Australia. We stopped in Pemberton to have a look around. Pemberton is a Mill town. Therefore it is no surprise that most of … Continue reading

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Big Valley Farm Stay – reposted

We stayed at Big Valley Farm Stay for a week. This was an excellent spot to leave the van and tour the region around Margaret River. It was good to be on a farm. (Lesley’s photo) The drive into the … Continue reading

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Cowaramup and Vasse Felix – reposted

On Saturday we planned to go to lunch at Vasse Félix, the first vineyard in the Margaret River region. The restaurant has a great reputation and we treated ourselves to the lunch as a birthday lunch for Lesley. We were … Continue reading

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West Coast – Margaret River to Cape Naturaliste

Having explored the coast South of the Margaret River the previous day, we set out to explore the coast to the North of the Margaret River. First stop Gracetown. (Lesley’s photo) (Lesley’s photo) (Lesley’s photo) This is from a lookout … Continue reading

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West Coast – Augusta to Margaret River

After lunch at the Augusta Bakery we headed north. But instead of returning the way we came down to Augusta, we took the caves road and deviated to the coast whenever we saw an opportunity. All along the scenery is … Continue reading

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Cape Leeuwin

We left Big Valley in beautiful sunshine to drive down to Augusta and Cape Leeuwin, leaving the Kedron at the farm. Although a short drive, we experienced all sort of weather on the way down. We had overcast skies, fog, … Continue reading

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Margaret Rivers – Cheers tour

It was Lesley’s birthday and for a special treat we joined a Cheers Wine Tour through the Margaret River area. http://www.cheerstours.com/ This was a great way to spend a day around Margaret River and taste the specialities of the region. … Continue reading

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Finally on the move again. We didn’t leave on Saturday and stayed an additional night as it was very wet and winds up to 100km/h were forecast. Saturday afternoon it cleared and we were able to dry out everything and … Continue reading

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Goomalling Caravan Park – Campfires

We intended to stay in Goomalling just for three days – this extended to two weeks, partly because of the friendly atmosphere of the caravan park, but also because we realised there was much more to be seen in the … Continue reading

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Goomalling – Fundraising Devonshire Tea and Lunch

Every second Monday, a fund raising Devonshire Tea as well as a lunch is put on in the old railway station by a community group in Goomalling. On the Monday that we were there it was the United Church’s turn. … Continue reading

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Goomalling to Northam drive

We have driven into Northam from Goomalling a number of times. It is just 45km on good roads through wheatbelt country. Yesterday on our last drive into Northam (we plan to leave tomorrow – but we are known to change … Continue reading

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Goomalling – a day of geocaching

    We looked up the geocaches available in the area around Goomalling and set out to find a number of them on a round trip. Gabby Quoi Quoi Lookout First stop was at the Gabby Quoi Quoi Lookout. This … Continue reading

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Goomalling – geocaching

There are 24 geocaches within a 50km radius of Goomalling. Not a bad spot to base yourself if you are interested in geocaching. You don’t know about geocaching? It is a strange activity. People hide caches and then they tell … Continue reading

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Goomalling – Slater Homestead

The Slater Homestead is just 2km east of Goomalling. We visited on Sunday Morning and were greeted by Councillor Wendy Williams. She gave us a tour of the homestead, told us about the history of the homestead and the surrounding … Continue reading

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Goomalling – Water Wise Garden

In between the road and the caravan park is the Goomalling Water Wise Garden. The garden was established by the community with water wise plants donated by members of the public. It is a lovely spot for a stroll, looking … Continue reading

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Goomalling – historic walk, Jennacubbine, Toodyay

We decided to stay two more nights in Goomalling. As our third day basically was a washout, we didn’t get a chance to go for the historic walk through town. We also had run out of gas in one of … Continue reading

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Goomalling/Northam/Toodyay

On our way to Goomalling we stopped in the small town of Yelbeni in front of the museum. We stopped because we had heard an unusual noise coming from the right hand side of the vehicle. We wanted to check … Continue reading

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Beringbooding Rock Day 3

We woke to heavy fog. Everything outside was damp from the moisture in the air. Not a day to do the washing, nor even to go outside. The fog cleared late morning and it turned out quite a nice day, … Continue reading

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Elachbutting Rock

Leaving the Kedron behind, we went for a drive to Elachbutting Rock. It was a grey, overcast day with rain imminent. On the way to Elachbutting Rock, we disturbed this bird in the middle of the road. (Lesley’s photo) I … Continue reading

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Beringbooding Rock

It wasn’t far to Beringbooding Rock where we were the only campers when we arrived. We soon chose a site and set up camp. As we were planning to stay here for 3 nights we put out the awning so … Continue reading

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Eaglestone Rock

We arrived at Eaglestone Rock early afternoon. We set up camp close to the entrance in view of the Eaglestone Rock as well as Lake Brown, a salt lake that currently has water in it. We debated whether we should … Continue reading

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To Eaglestone Rock

From Cadoux we drove to Koorda. Lesley went to the shire office to enquire about the Koorda Wildflower Park which is a bit of a drive outside of town . ‘There wouldn’t be many flowers out, as we haven’t had … Continue reading

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New Norcia

In the laundry of the Keswick Convention Centre I picked up a map of the Northern Wheat Belt. I had never been in this area and it sounded interesting. By coincidence, Lesley had thought about this area as well as … Continue reading

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