Karajini - a fantastic Nature Park

Trip Start Jul 08, 2008
Trip End Sep 11, 2008

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Auski Village Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Saturday, July 12, 2008

From stories told by other travellers, the key is to get to caravan parks earlyish to secure a place to stay but as we wouldn’t be able to get to the Karajini bush camp by 10am when caravaners queue up to get into the sites that are vacated by those moving out, we opted for the Auski Village Caravan Park on the fringe of the Karajini.  So, in the morning, after fifteen kilometers, we stopped at Newman, an iron ore mining town, where we bought a few fresh supplies and took a  look at the huge dump truck parked outside the visitors centre. The countryside has changed somewhat and the flat lands have turned into hills made up of red earth.  At lunchtime we arrived at Auski Village with plenty of time to make and enjoy an avocado sandwich for lunch and settled down with a cup of tea and some of the Rusks kindly made for us by Ronell.  Firstly, village is a misnomer as there is no village green, houses, church, hotel or shops but  just a roadhouse, petrol pump, few tin motel rooms and a nice caravan park with dry grassy sites and hot showers. This is unlike the bush camps in Karajini which have very basic facilities, so it turned out to be a good place for a weekend rest stop. The next morning, after a leisurely start making breakfast and a packed lunch, we drove without the caravan the seventy two kms to the Karajini Visitors Centre complex.  There were already a lot of vehicles in the car park with seemingly no buildings, until down a little path blending in with the bush we discovered the Visitors Centre.  The design of the building made of red rusty iron represents a goanna moving through the landscape and is symbolic to the Banyjima Aboriginal people. After picking up some literature, our next stop was the circular pool, a two hour return  climb down and back up over the beautiful  red rocks forming a steep gorge wall.  At the bottom  we relaxed alongside the clear pool watching other visitors swim in the surprisingly cold water.  The climb back out of the gorge was enjoyable but quite exhausting so we appreciated time out eating our lunch whilst sitting under the shade of a tree by the car park.  After a short drive to yet another car park full of four wheel drives, we followed a much easier pathway to enjoy the view looking over Dale Gorge and Fortesque Falls.

We then ventured further down the path which meandered amongst the beautiful trees, ferns and creeper vegetation to the falls and then onto the magnificent tranquil Fern Pool.  The water was so clear that we could see hundreds of little fish swimming around who didn’t mind us sitting on the edge of the pool dangling our feet amongst them in the cool water . After a great time of admiring natures beauty we returned at the end of the day to Auski Village where we enjoyed a BBQ dinner washed down with a glass or two of red wine before turning in for the night.

Sunday was spent relaxing at the caravan park enjoying a cheese and tomato omelet for breakfast, cooked on our camping stove. Some housekeeping was done to keep the van shipshape and then we sat and digested  the many new experiences of caravanning and the places we had visited since leaving home.  We didn’t quite know what to expect and found the first 1,500 kms of landscape interesting, enjoyable and easy driving for Mike.
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