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October 2010

Things I've learnt about the "W ait A while" State (WA)

THE PINK LAKE AT PORT GREGORY IS ACTUALLY PINK

sunny 33 °C

Leaving Kalbarri and on our way to Northampton, we drove to Port Gregory. Port Gregory has PINK water in the lake, apparently due to the salt level. The ocean is very blue....

Pink lake

Pink lake

The Lake is actually flouro pink when the sun shines on it. The photo doesn't quite do it justice. It isn't inviting to swim in as it just looks bazaar!!!

more of the pink lake

more of the pink lake

northampton1 (14)

northampton1 (14)

Other things I've learnt are "WA likes there lizzards frilled not grilled!" This is a sign that is on the roads all of the time. So I'm always on the lookout for lizzards, sheep, roos, cows, emus, goats etc etc on the road as referred to as "fresh meat". It is not real fresh as you have to hold your nose, turn off the fan in the car as the 'fresh meat' has been baked and now stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are now travelling in the "Wheat Belt" of WA. Obviously it rains a lot more down this way as the wheat farms are lovely to look at. The red earth desert areas od WA are beginning to dwindle and fresh water is becoming more available to us. We no longer have to have salty, slimy showers from the artsian waters. The weather is still very hot. Usually 33 degrees in the day and the washing takes one hour to dry.

Another thing I have learnt about WA is that 'Highway One' is the best road in WA. It puts Highway one to shame in all of the other Aus states. The condition of it here is fantastic. The one thing you have to be careful of is RFDS planes landing on it (They do warn you by a sign to watch out for planes landing) and there are lots of cattle grids on the highway. You cruise along at 80 km per hour and them Bump you hit a cow grid!!!! Bertha is getting use to them but it wakes me up!!!!

Today I splurged and used a washing machine. I spent $3 on a load, usually we hand wash but once a month I give the towels a baptism in the washing machine. I sold my washing machine at home so I'll be use to the handwashing untill we can afford another!

We have arrived at Northampton for the "Ă„iring of the Quilts" which is on tomorrow.. FANTASTIC!!!!!

Tony viewing Port Gregory - Lovely to see the ocean is blue

Tony viewing Port Gregory - Lovely to see the ocean is blue

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Kalbarri WA - Love this place

592 km north of Perth

sunny 33 °C

We have been travelling slowly 80 km per hour due to a nasty head wind. We detoured from the highway to Kalbarri. Just what we needed. A site right on the river, front row and we are near the mouth of the river and ocean. We are protected from the winds and the weather is hot 33 degrees in the day and just a sheet on the bed at night.

from our van site. Lucky strike as it is still school holidays here.

from our van site. Lucky strike as it is still school holidays here.

There is a population here of 2000. There are all of the facilities you need as well. Shame it is so far away from NSW.

River view

River view

It is a great place for boating, fishing and exploring as there is a great nation park near with lots of gorges.

Kalbarri (3)

Kalbarri (3)

Here are some of the natives. Tomorrow we head off to Northampton to see the annual "Airing of the Quilts"which is on Saturday...

native are very friendly

native are very friendly

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Monkey Mia

Breakfast with the Dolphins

sunny 30 °C

Monkey Mia Resort

Monkey Mia Resort

Bottle nose dolphins have breakfast at 7.30am. We are staying at Denham which is at Shark Bay and Monkey Mia Resort is 20 km up the road. The resort is a lovely spot to stay at but because it is school holidays here it was all booked out. So we had breakfast with several dolphins and they all have names. There are 300 female dolphins than come in for a feed. Today only seven did. The resort has stopped feeding them so much so as they don't become dependent of the feed each day. They are only allows 4 fish each per day. They need 8 kilos of fish daily so they are given 20 % only.

Dolphins here for breakfast

Dolphins here for breakfast


We travelled down from Carnarvon and this is famous for the fresh produce farms especially tomatoes and bananas. The tomatoes are the best I've ever tasted. The wind blows a lot in this area and the freash water is scarce. Artesian water is supplied everywhere but it is salty and slimy. You do get use to it.

Tony having breakfast

Tony having breakfast

Carnarvon has a very old jetty that is one mile long. We walked this and where blown all the way. A little tram runs along it as well as it was an old shearing town and the wool was sent out to the ships to go to market in Perth. Also it was known as a fishing village as well.

tram on 1 mile jetty at Carnarvon

tram on 1 mile jetty at Carnarvon

end of jetty

end of jetty

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