So away we go again, we travelled with Vickie’s sister Jo and her hubby Dave. They had their 200 series Landcruiser and a JB Scorpion Caravan, this would be a good test for their rig but 1st they were going to Ningaloo for a month and we were going to do our own thing and check out a few new places.
Our 1st few nights after picking up our van at Geraldton was to stay at Coronation Beach, we had visited before but this was the first time we have stayed there and we enjoyed it. Tried some fishing but no luck. Gladstone was our next stop, I’m not a fan of flat tidal muddy ocean fronts, the jetty was in total disrepair and we couldn’t walk it so fishing there was out for us. Worramel Station was our next nights stay, Station Stays have not been on our list of things to do but this might change after our recent experience. Worramel has two nice artesian hot tubs which was nice to spend some time whilst watching the bird life. Today was also my 65th birthday and our daughter Caddie had made me a birthday box that comprised of a blow up birthday hat complete with candle, some poppers, huge marshmallows, a book and assorted items. It was hugely appreciated.
Instead of going to Ningaloo like we have done for the past 20+ years we thought we would visit and camp around at the Cape Range, we hadn’t thought about booking as we never know or like to be put into a time frame to be somewhere, but before we got to Exmouth we spent a night at Minilya and 5 nights at Warroora Station. It was similar to South Lefroy Bay with the Ningaloo Reef visible but further off shore, the beach was covered in sea weed and the camping areas not very large but we did still enjoy the change and I was able to snorkel around but again the underwater world wasn’t as nice as South Lefroy.
|Track into Warroora Station was excellent|
|Our camp site was a bit squeezed but not as squeezed as the long term campers|
|Caretakers camp, to the North is Long term camps, to the South short term|
|Long Term, get to know your neighbours well, not our scene|
|Just out exploring the coastline|
|Vickie loves beach combing, looking for that elusive washed up treasure or shell|
So after a week we headed into Exmouth where we attacked the bakery, we were very pleased to see the standard had increased hugely with the range of pies, so had the price but they were so good we ended up buying a dozen to put in the freezer. We also bumped into some old Western Angler Mates who were going to Wilderness Island with their Kayaks, the wind was holding up their trip so were stocking up on carbohydrates at the Bakery. Our time at Cape Range could only be 2 nights due to booking and that availability wasn’t for another few days so we booked into the caravan park for two nights and then a night at Yardie Creek van park before our allotted time was available at North Kurrajong, Cape Range.
We checked out Cape Range and were very impressed with the views, from memory it was a 10-16klm drive in but worth it.
So here we were set up in our pine copper logs camp space, it was actually quite spacious at 12x7 metres and we had no neighbour on one side but the other side we had two separate campers in cars with roof top tents that set up so close to us our van and their tents almost touched ... both campers were foreign and it wasn’t worth the hassle to suggest they move over further.
|North Kurrajong Camp, Cape Range Nat Park|
|Peaceful before we got surrounded|
|Thousands of Jelly Fish had been washed up on the beaches, plenty still in the water as well|
We were starting to get itchy feet waiting for the Billy’s, where to go next we thought. Bullara Station was the place, another enjoyable station stay, we experienced Damper John’s famous damper (along with 30 + others) and later sat around the communal camp fire talking to other travellers. The outdoor showers and toilets were very quaint, they had been nicknamed the Lava Trees and with water supplied by a bore and heated with a donkey fire we had a good cleansing showers.
|Bullara Station, well worth a visit and walk around|
|Damper John makes damper each night and shares it with the campers, he's also a story teller|
|The Old Shearing shed|
|40 Mile Beach Camp Area to the South is very tidel and mangroves, we didn't think much of the place|
|We checked out the Northern side and it was much nicer|
With the Billy’s now only a day away we moved on just up the road the Miaree Pool, here we had a lovely camp site right on the Maitland River. Plenty of bird life around but the small birds are so difficult to get a decent photo either to fast or hiding behind leaves and branches. I was wishing I had not left my Sony SLR camera and zoom lens at home.
The Billy’s rolled in the next day and because we had a lot to catch up on we decided to stay another night.
From here the journey begins, It could take me a while for the next instalment, one finger typing after right hand surgery slows me down.