Trip Start May 02, 2009
Trip End Jun 07, 2009

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Warmun Roadhouse caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Thursday, May 28, 2009

After a pretty uncomfortable night with not a lot of sleep, we got up, had brekky and packed everything up again and headed off in the car for the mini Palms walk. It is now 7AM. The road to the walk is interesting, it actually is the rocky river bed that you drive along over loose round rocks. We set off on the walk, noticing that we still were not the first people here. This is a really nice walk - you continue walking along the river bed over loose rocks for quite a way, then start to climb up into the canyon. There is a bit of rock climbing required and you end up amongst a lot of Livistnia palms - very pretty. If you continue to the end, there is a viewing platform over a little mostly bare area, few small trees and shrubs. This was actually a little disappointing after the nice walk in. The walk took a couple of hours in total, and was challenging but not overly difficult.

We next headed on a short car trip to the Echidna Chasm walk. This is only 1km long walk. Echidna Chasm is pretty amazing - very narrow (you can stand and touch both sides) and very tall - Our guess about 100m straight up. It twists and turns and is really spectacular. Easy walk to do.

Now we headed to the other end of the park to look at Cathedral gorge. On the way we stopped at the airfield to enquire about helicopter flights. There was a vacancy at 2:00pm (it was 12:10 when we were there). The guy there told us it would take about 15 mins to the Cathedral gorge carpark and the walk was about 30 mins each way. We decided to do this and headed off. Took 20 mins to get to the carpark, so we hurried along the walk - it is a very easy walk in that it is mostly on hard dirt path with a little bit of soft sand. The gorge is a big open round area surrounded by high walls with a water pool in the middle. Apparently, Qantas has just filmed one of their ads here with the children's choir singing. We hurried back out, but halfway back we were stopped by a large monitor lizard who wanted to stroll up our path. He was really cool! We raced back to the car and were at the airfield with a few minutes to spare.  Liz was a little horrified to learn that the helicopter had no doors, but she was very brave, climbed in the back and did not let go of the grab rail for the whole flight. Michael was lucky enough to have the front seat and be able to hang out the doorway to take photos. It was great! We flew over the ranges and got some terrific views of the domes. The domes are only at the southern end of the park and the beehive domes sit a little separate from the main range.

We couldn't really face another night in the car, so decided to head back to Warmun to get the camper. We arrived about 5:30pm in the dark, collected the camper and arranged to stay in one of their overflow campsites as the main caravan park was full. It was wonderful to have the luxury of the camper trailer again.

Wow - this was a really busy day; but it was good.
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