How Great is Kalbarri?!
Trip Start Jan 23, 2010
27Trip End Jan 29, 2012
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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 while.....so 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
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......