Wednesday 30th July 2008, Carnarvon.
We have been in Carnarvon for nearly a week already and today was the first time we have ventured out to do any touristy things. Even though this area is known for the small amount of rain they receive it has been overcast and threatening rain nearly every day since we have been here. I decided this morning that although it is forecast for rain we must do something close to town so if it does rain we can at least go home. We went to the Heritage precinct where there are several tourist attractions all in the one area. The â€˜One Mile Jettyâ€™ area also houses the lighthouse Keepers cottage museum, Railway museum, Shearers museum and views of the river mouth, so it filled in several hours taking it all in. One thing I did see that was a novel change was a water pump, that consisted of a motor and driving mechanism with an endless chain suspended from it. The pump was carried by wagons and the chain was dropped into wells on station runs. When the pump started, the chain, which was immersed in the water, was turned and when passed through the water some would return to the surface on the chain and when it passed though the driving mechanism it would again separate and be collected in tanks. This pump was one of only two known in existence.
Sunday 27th July 2008, Carnarvon.
I thought I would add a little explanation to my short notes on 25th. As we all know the biggest problem we have with travelling WA is the great distances between places, and it is the long distance travelling that we, Linda especially, donâ€™t like. We have had a look at details of places further north of here and they donâ€™t really seem to offer much more for the tourist than is on offer here, so to save the long distance travel just to say â€œWe have done it, we have been thereâ€? we have decided to forego anything north of here. When we make our way to Darwin some time in the future we will look at heading some way south from Katherine down a small section of the north of WA to the Kimberley area, but have no interest in any other areas in northern WA. Our original intention from here was to go to Port Hedland and then down the inland road back to Perth to see the wild flowers, but have decided that we can see all the flowers we want between here and south toward Perth without having to travel the extra 1700 odd kilometres. We will now travel back to Geraldton and go inland from there toward Mount Magnet and then south to Perth, and we do expect to see all the wild flowers we need to that way. There are also some other places we have already missed like Monkey Mia, but we are wondering why we should go 300 odd K out of our way just to see, or feed, some dolphins. These are some of the things we take into account nowadays, especially with the current fuel prices and such. The temperatures here are certainly warm enough for us to be happy to sit here for a month or so before we do head back down south to see what we have missed on our way back to the east coast, so I dare say there may not be much to report for some time.
Friday 25th July 2008, Carnarvon.
We have now moved the 450K to Carnarvon and will probably be as far as we go up the coast. We have decided that the distances between places is too great especially when we really donâ€™t have any extreme interest in any place further north. We had originally thought of going to Port Hedland but have now heard a few stories to make us change our minds. It seems that it is not only Broome that is booked out with southerners seeking warm weather, but Karratha and Port Hedland are also included in that category, so we are most likely to be just as happy to stop here until the weather warms up enough to return south.
Tuesday 22nd July 2008, Kalbarri.
We had our return visit to the cliffs along the shoreline south of Kalbarri to take the photos I skipped the other day because the weather was too bad. It was one of those situations where I took heaps of photos because of all the different rock formations, and I have posted some of the shots on Flickr. We have now seen most of what we intended here so it is time to move on again, even though this is quite a nice place. We intend moving on to Carnarvon and have found out that bookings there are imperative as they are so busy. This means we will be moving on Thursday and will be travelling the total of the 460Kâ€™s distance in one day. Some might think that 460K is not much, especially if you are from the mainland, but remember that we are from Tassie and it is hard getting used to travelling long distances, and if one attempted to travel that distance in Tassie one would fall over the edge.
Monday 21st July 2008, Kalbarri.
A trip to the Gorges in the national Park was the order of the day, and they were somewhat of a surprise. The Murchison River, that formed the gorges, is an extremely long river running far from inland. The soil around this area is mainly sandstone so the gorges stretch for a very long section of the river with some of the better views at the mouth end, Kalbarri, hence the National Park. Once again taking photos does not capture the true beauty of the scenery of the gorges, but I have included some on Flickr. Linda and her height phobia prevented us from doing a walk around one section of the gorge. The walk stretched along a cliff face for a fair length before winding around a section of the gorge called â€˜The Loopâ€™ which is a section that almost forms a circle of 8 Kilometres, hence we were looking forward to doing the walk. The track traversed along the edge of the very high and sheer cliff face which was just too much for Lindaâ€™s fear of heights, so we gave the walk a miss, the scenery we did see was certainly enough so as not to disappoint us at all.