How Great is Kalbarri?!

Trip Start Jan 23, 2010
Trip End Jan 29, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Sunday, May 2, 2010

Just how great IS Kalbarri?!  We loved it and whilst we were about to hotfoot it through quickly, as soon as we arrived, we knew we were gonna stay a while......BUT first....Geralton....I'm sure it's a great spot...but it didn't really appeal to us.  Highlight would be a trip to the meteorological station and launching the weather balloon...twice!  First time he'd ever known it to burst before all the information got transmitted.  (I think it was me, as my camera was on auto and by the time it got itself focused and clicked, the balloon had gone, and I was like.."AGhh  Missed it! Need you to do it again!" AND Lo and behold!!)  Tried similar idea with the lotto since and didn't pan out as I'd hoped!

Ellendale Pool was also a nice spot and the children loved swinging into the water from a rope.  Bumped into a family that we'd met earlier in Denmark, avid bird spotters..... (Yep really!) Leaving that alone!!  But apart from that, Geralton just didn't really appeal to us.

Kalbarri!  Why don't I live there?  Sensational place and the coastline would well and truly give Epserance and run for it's money.  (I preferred it!) We really tried to get work there, but so did about 400 other backpackers and the industry is only tourism, so no luck.

We climbed our first 'peak' couldn't really call it a mountain, but reminded me that I'm hovering round the late forties age group!  Going up was easy peasy, it's the coming down.  We took the boat up the Murchinson River with a picnic and the rods, stopped to climb the peak, fished a while and then realised why the chap who hired us the boat said it'd be a choppy ride back.  I ignored him, thinking 'it's a river already' WELL, the wind was howling against us and every wave, soaked us!  It took ages and we snuggled behind the towels wishing instead of 4 bottles of cold water that I was encouraged to take, that I'd taken a hot themas with soup!

The children met some friends from Duncraig and have 'skyped' them a few time since.  The Murchinson River was metres from our van and muddy on the edges, the children loved squelching around in the mud and Jack actually caught a fish with his bare hands

We left Kalbarri promising to return and headed towards Shark Bay.  I'd read 'Down Under' by Bill Bryson and remembered his amazement of stromatolites found at Hamlin Pool.  The first existence of life form on Earth and without the oxygen they produced, life on this planet may not have existed.  Tried to get the children enthralled, but frankly they were more interested in the fish that were swimming amongst the stromatolites!  And after a was I!!  Look they most certainly are a phenomenon...but hard to get excited about!

Hamlin Bay...I like to call it MOTH LAND!!!  Now if any of you know me well, you will know I have one phobia and that is  Moth phobia!  I know, I know, I'm travelling around Australia, but let me tell you, even Fabio was getting freaked out!  There were so so so so so so so many, it was truly insane.  When we packed up, we had to individually check everything, every single thing.  They really wanted to join us on the trip and they found every single nook or cranny to do exactly that. When we were in the car leaving I looked at Fabio, he looked at me and we were just like "What the hell just happened!!  What was that???" (Turns out we did end up bringing at least 30 with us!! AGHHGGGHH!!)

Denham, another lovely spot, we thought it would just be a quickie and a base to do the whole, Monkey Mia thing.  However, it turns out the resort at Monkey Mia is leaking sewage into the bay where the dolphins swim and now they are trying to encourage them not to come in and feed until it is all sorted.  GREAT!!  First and only feed now is!  However, Denham is celebrating a fishing festival this week and we had the children's competition this morning which Jack and Adam entered.  Jack may well have won the 'most beautiful' fish (check out the photos!) We have Shark Bays got Talent this afternoon, I keep threatening the children I will enter by playing 'popcorn' by flicking my bottom teeth!!  (Another story!) 

This is a lovely little town and the locals could not make us more welcome.  Thinking I best not drink too much at the fish weigh in just in case I do the 'popcorn' thing!!

Off to Carnarvon on Tuesday......

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The Wilson's on

Love reading your blog's ........... very entertaining. Kalbarri is one of our favs and Denham had a great interactive centre named "Ocean Park" where our kids loved the hands on approach - when we were there still looked half completed but the guy who took us around was a font of info and had the kids mesmerized......Happy travelling and can't wait til your next edition!

Love Fi, Rob, Izzy, Liam and Vorney xoxoxo

Hutchens Family on

Hi guys your blog is amazing once again. I so look forward to them, very funny. I laughed about the boat coming back down the river in Kalbarri. When I recommended you do that trip I knew what would happen on the way back, did I forget to mention that! lol Same thing happened to us, soaked through, cold and mouthfuls of salty water. Happy travelsxxxxxxx

Prowse family on

really missing you guys.....the photos and your blog are brilliant. You seem to of seen some bits that we missed out on. Will try to call and have a chat really soon. Emily

Penny on

Looks like you re regretting leaving Sheppey!! I wish I knew more about whats occurring with you guys. Are you ever going back to Perth?? Your family are all looking cool and gorgeous but can you get the other side of the camera next time pleeeeeease!!!. xxx

The Clarks on

Loving your updates, changing scenery, exciting experiences, fabulous photos, interesting facts, fascinating wildlife, remarkable geography etc. Here's an update on life at home. Blah blah blah.
Keep on movin!

Kelly on

Looks like so much fun! Miss you guys a lot, but are really glad that you are enjoying yourselves. I love the pictures and I almost peed when I read about the moths, still laughing just thinking about it. Anyway, all is great here, Poppy is hogging the bed everynight, got the heaters all hooked up so we are staying warm. Curtis will be off to India in a couple of weeks and I am so loving the Dyson!! Jack, Leila, Adam, the boys miss you and love seeing the photos. We will talk to you soon,

Kelly, Curtis, Cyrus, Max, and Poppy!

Flock of Peacocks on

Hey Farabegoli's!
We are currently in Kalbarri right now and it has been fun to read about your experiences here while we enjoy it ourselves. Have to agree, absolutely gorgeous place to visit, we are feeling a bit adventurous and plan to do the 8km hike from Natures Window tommorrow...wooo!!!! Hoping to catch up with you guys SOMEWHERE along this amazing coastline. Miss you all and love reading your quirky thoughts Mandy.

Love Steve, Jo, Asha, Harry, Jonah and Silas

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