Carawine Gorge to Newman

Trip Start Apr 02, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Kalgan's Rest Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Thursday, May 10, 2012

We had 3 lovely nights at Carawine Gorge(not a true gorge just a cliff face rising out of the river with a lovely shady campsite on the opposite bank), where we swam and had a reprieve from setting and packing up camp. We met some lovely people down for the weekend from Port Hedland who invited us to tag along with them to a lovely spot off the Skull Spring Road call Running Waters. This is a hidden gem in the Pilbara. The waterhole was so transparent you could see the markings and colour on the fish in the pool and the surface actually glowed.

Another friend we must mention is Rufus. While sitting in the shade of a ghost Gum by the river typing up my blog I occasionally herd the rustling in the bush surrounding me but did not pay much attention to it. The next thing I looked up and there was this big red bull munching his way toward me. I had a wee moment of panic and wondered if I should make a hasty escape while I could, but then thought better of it.  I spoke gently to him, while ready to run should my greeting not be to his liking, just to make sure he knew I was about. Rufus, as we named him, showed little interest in me so I continued with my typing. WA National Parks enlist volunteers, called park hosts, who keep the campgrounds clean and tidy, so we figured Rufus was there as our host. He spent the entire time, night and day, keeping the grass down around our campsite and even brought his family over on days when the job just got too big for him

While Pam was still attending to the blog I went over and spoke to him and asked him why he was here when it did not appear that there were many others of his herd about. He informed me that is sole purpose was to mow [munch] the grass down, then fertilise it. He told us he was happy to have his picture in our blog but asked if we would not show his brand as he had several ex's who would be after him for calf maintenance, if they could track him down (the cows!)

We left Carrawine Gorge early expecting to be in Newman by lunchtime where we would meet up with Andrew’s sister Maria and her husband Neil. They live in Albany and had travelled up from there to spend a few weeks with us as we travel throughout the Pilbara.  We took the Skull Spring Road across to Nullagine before heading south to Newman. Instead of taking us a couple of hours to traverse this road it took us nigh on 5 hours. The road was very rough with numerous wash outs and we could only average about 40 kms per hour. When we reached the Nullagine end of the road there was a road closed sign. It would have been helpful to have had a similar sign at the end we started from. The upside of this trip was the beautiful scenery including wild flowers, which we saw.

Anyway we finally arrived in Newman and it was great to finally catch up with Maria and Neil after 4 years.
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Debbie Skelton on

Hi Pam and Andrew
Your blogs are great - you've definitely missed your calling Pam, and your photos are wonderful. Sounds like your'e having the trip of a lifetime, and those fantastic and unexpected things that happen to you along the way. I love reading your adventures, keep em coming!! love Debbie

Garry on

WOW! Somehow you must have scored a brilliant time to travel (clever planning), it is so green and the water holes appear so pristine. I am just loving the blogs and now so jealous of your adventures. I wanna go!
Thank you again so much for the sharing, very much appreciated.

Judy on

Hi guys. Looking and sounding like a fantastic trip. Kirri and I are loving the beautiful photos. Feel sorry for us as we sit home with the heater on watching the footy while it drizzles outside! Keep enjoying every minute.

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