Trip Start Mar 27, 2006
95Trip End Dec 03, 2006
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Basically when we left Coral Bay on Sunday we headed to Karajini, a national park in north Australia on the recommendation of some guy whose tour we were going to go on in Coral Bay but didn't bother in the end. Drove pretty much all day Sunday and ended up having to stop at nightfall in a little mining town just outside the park. When I say just outside I mean about 100km. We spent the night in some gravel car park by the side of the road without the usual hassle we get from people moaning about us being too loud or the local ranger informing us we're not allowed to camp by the side of the road
We got into Karajini on Monday and found the only camp site in the area full up (which conveniently got full just as we arrived) so we had to stay in some gravel patch which they called the overflow campsite. It was basically a bush. That was quite a slow day with absolutely nothing to do in the middle of nowhere. The next day we were up by 8am and went on a tour around the park with a guy called Jeff who's been working there 6 years doing the same tour. He was quite a legend and if we met more aussies like him we probably would have a different (better) impression of Australians. It was mind blowing seeing all the canyons and terrain in the park and reminds you of just how small we are. What was even more impressive was that there was a 71 year old lady in our tour group who was driving around Australia on her own! Just goes to show its never too late to do what you want. She managed to do everything else the rest of us did including climbing parts of the canyon's through freezing cold spring water. If I can do half of what she did if I reach that age I'd be happy. Infact when we had to come out of the last canyon of the day I'm pretty sure I was holding her up at the back of the group which was quite worrying when a 71 year old lady is fitter than me. Still, well done to her!
On Wednesday we did the most driving we've done in a day so far
Anyway one good thing at being up at that ridiculously early hour was that we were up in time to go to on a tour around the crocodile farm so we did that this morning which was cool.