Trip Start Jan 29, 2012
88Trip End Apr 01, 2013
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Our first stop was an overnight rest area called Stanley, and when we arrived there we found a great spot to camp on a concrete pad, which was a bonus. Not long after getting there Grahame and Jeanette turned up, so they parked beside us. We had passed a bushfire a long way back, but as there has been lots of back-burning being carried out everywhere we have been, we didn't think much of it. We made lunch and were happily eating it when we heard the crackling of the bush being burnt, and when we looked outside the fire was almost upon us. It had come a long way in a very short time, and it had built up into something quite. Time to exit! We packed up quickly and got out of there as fast as we could, thanking our luck stars that it hadn't happened at night when we were sleeping. We pushed on, and left Grahame and Jeanette who decided to go in a different direction.
Mining is huge there, and the place was a dirt bowl with so many mining trucks coming and going.. There were heaps of road trains everywhere too, which made it an unpleasant place to visit. We had a quick look around, and decided not to stay any longer.
We turned off the main highway and headed for Karijini National Park, which is the second largest in Western Australia. We stopped the night at the Albert Tognolini Rest Area, which turned out to be huge and absolutely beautiful. There was only one other van there, and we drove right to the end and found a fantastic spot with pink daisies, purple flowers and yellow acacea bushes everywhere, and an uninterrupted view into the Munjina Gorge. The trees around there were beautiful, and we couldn't believe how picturesque the area was. We ended up staying two nights there, and just loved it. We had a different view from every window, and we were completely on our own, bliss!
Karajini National Park was only a short distance away, and the hills around it were beautiful. We walked down to Fortesque Falls and the Fern Pool, and were amazed at the way the rock cliffs had formed into beautiful patterns with the movement of the earth over millions of years. The water in the Fern Pool was a beautiful turquoise colour, and the red walls around it were a stunning contrast. Fortesque Falls were beautiful, and you could climb down the side of the falls to the bottom and have a swim. It was a really beautiful place, and well worth visiting.
Tom Price was our next stop, which is also a big mining town. We stocked up with essentials there, and pushed on towards Exmouth.