Flies flies flies Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
27.04.2007 - 17.06.2007 36 °C
We crossed the border after we had our garlic taken from us. We have this theory that the guards at the border take what they need for their dinner that night.
Our first stop was Kunanurra, a small town where we got stuck for over a week while our car had a new 5th gear fixed. Vara left us and got the bus to Broome. We stayed at a nice campsite that had a great swimming pool which cooled us down in the 40 degree heat. There was a chicken at the campsite which laid an egg every day in a ladies car. We went to the Zebra rock mining which was really good, the rock is so nice. There is only one other place in the world that mines it and that is South Africa, but it is a different colour. We managed to get out the town on the 9th May. We drove along the Gibb river road to El Questro, on the way we saw a dingo,typan snake and loads of black cockatoo's we stayed at the campsite for 2 nights and did some of the gorges around the area. Zebadee springs was great we ended up going there twice, The water was nice and warm and we got a free skin manicure and pedicure from the cleaner fish. We then drove to El Quetro gorge, it was a tuff walk over boulders that had washed down in the wet season, but it was well worth it. The views were lovely and the cold swim in the pool at the end was refreshing. We also went to Emma gorge, it was very hot that day and the walk was very hard work. We went for a dip in the pool at the end, but it was bloody freezing so we did not stay in very long.
Our next adventure was the Bungle Bungles. We both had such a good time. I had the fun of driving our 4x4 through the river, which was a challenge as the water was over the bonnet and you could not see the boulders under the water. We stayed there for one night and went to all the nice gorges. Cathedral gorge was a nice walk and so was Echidna casim. The different kinds of birds were great so colorful and pretty.
We then drove back on to the 4x4 Gibb river road and went to Tunnel creek. It is a walk through a cave so we took our head torches and walked right the way through. We had to take our shoes off for most of it as you had to wade through water. The water had these black fish and when you shined a light on them a gland under their eye lit up red - pretty cool!! Windjana gorge was great there was loads of fresh water crocs in the river and all the walls around used to be coral reef in the sea.
We made it to bell gorge in the dark, after Paul drove the wrong way for over half an hour. Bell gorge was really nice once we got there. We had a very eventful walk down to the water. We had to cross a flowing river and the rocks were really slippery so Paul told me to go across first so i could put my bag down, well i know why he said that now i fell into the water fully clothed then slipped another 3 times. Paul was falling about laughing of course. We then walked the wrong way, but eventually got a swim. It had a lovely waterfall. We then got asked if we could pose for some photo's for a New Zealand magazine, it will be very funny if they publish them. We left the Gibb River road and stayed a night at Derby, so we could clean all the red dust out of the car. As we left Derby we stopped at a prison boab tree, where they kept aboriginal prisoners.
We made it to Broome on the 16th May and stayed there five days. We spent most of the time chilling out sunbathing on cable beach. We also did the camel ride on the beach, which i will advise you all now not to do with a hangover. There are dinosaur foot prints on one of the beaches so we went down and checked those out. We watched the sun set at cable beach, it was very nice but then an army of mosquito's came out so we had to dive in the car. We advertised for some people to travel down to Perth with us and got a reply from Kerstin and Chris from Germany.
We left Broome and the four of us drove to eighty mile beach, where we camped the night. The sunset was amazing it reflected of the wet sand. We stopped at Port headland and then drove to Karajini national park. We had a great time at Karajini, the gorges were amazing, the best National park i have been to. We did the spider man walk which was was great fun, we all had to wade through freezing cold water and then climb along a wall with a stream of flowing water below us. We camped there for two nights and i spent those two nights in the car as it was cold and uncomfortable in the tent. One of the nights we had a pack of dingoes howling by our tents, which sounds a little spooky. We went for a four hour walk through one of the gorges, which had amazing views and we were able to go for two swims in the pools.
Our next stop was Exeter. Where we had another problem with our car, so had to wait 3 day's to get it fixed. In those three day's Paul, Chris and I went whale shark snorkeling, which was amazing. The first day we went out we did not see any, but we did see manta ray, loads of tropical fish when we went to the snorkel sight, rays and a leopard shark. The next time we went out we saw two whale sharks, they were about 7meters long and they just didn't have a care in the world just glide passed you quite graceful. We also went to turquoise bay, the snorkeling there was really good, you went in the drift and went with the current. We saw an octopus, black tip reef shark, puffer fish, turtle and loads more.
When the car was fixed we drove down to Coral bay. Well it was the worst place for flies down the west coast. We went on a 3 hour kayak trip to the coral, it's the clearest sea we have ever seen, it was just like an aquarium. We saw reef sharks, loads of puffer fish, a turtle and loads of bright and colorful fish. On the shore Paul came across a lion fish, which was very impressive.
We stayed at Durham for a night before we made our way to Monkey Mia. I had my birthday at Monkey Mia. I fed the dolphins on my birthday morning,which was really nice. Paul also managed to feed the dolphins too. We hired a kayak for a few hours and went to the red cliffs, on the way there we saw a baby shark, but thank god we never saw the mother. The flies were extremely bad by the red cliff, so we took a quick photo and paddled very fast back out.
When leaving Monkey Mia we stopped at Shell beach, it is 10ft deep of shells. The flies were unbearable and Paul had lost his fly net, so he was running around the beach trying to get away from them, not that it worked, but it was very entertaining. We then stopped at the stromatalites which are the oldest living organisms on the planet.
We made it to Kalbarri national park on the night of my birthday, so Paul took me out for a nice meal. The following we went in to the national park and went to natures window. It is a rock with a hole you can see the great view. Then we went to the Z - bend, a quite impressive gorge.
We then drove down as far as the Pinnacles. We watched the sunset, which changed the colour of the pinnacles and looked really good. It was our last night camping and we had gale force wind, so we were suprised when we woke in the morning to still find the tent in one piece.
We finaly made it to Perth and stayed in a really nice hostel for the remainder of our stay. We met a really nice group of travellers and went out with them a few times. The night life was quite good. We went to freemantle a few times and had a tour around the old prison. We managed to sell our car which was a great relief. I did some shopping in the town, with the promise i would not spend too much. We got the bus up to Kings park, it had the most amazing views of the city. We fed the birds by the pond and got attacked by a black swan. We decided to leave Australia a week early and got a flight to Auckland New Zealand..........................................................