I did that thing again. That thing where I book a holiday with very little thought or hesitation. And not only that, it was to a part of the country that I’d been to twice already this year – the west. Logical? Not really. Worth it? Totally.
In keeping with the last trips style, Lachy and I packed up a few essentials and just got in the car and drove. This time we swapped the Subaru for an old Ford wagon, and headed north instead of south.
We kicked off the trip by re-visiting Lancelin, watching the sunset and camping in the car park like we did last time, before continuing north.
On the way, we stopped in briefly at Leeman to stretch our legs, and again in Dongara to swim in it’s beautiful turquoise blue water.
After driving through Geraldton and stocking up on food, we hit the beautiful town of Kalbarri, and went into Kalbarri National Park.
The colour and layers in the rocks were magical, and the Murchison River has etched a magnificent gorge through the park.
Next stop was a new one for both of us – Shark Bay. I couldn’t believe how long the road was once turning off the highway – everything is so remote out there but I guess having way less humans around is what makes it beautiful.
We watched the sun set, caught up with a friend for some beers, and camped at this beautiful, quiet, seaweed covered beach.
The next day we checked out the aquarium our friend works at, visited the famous Shell Beach, and the town of Denham.
Next stop north, the place that Lachy was most excited to show me – Quobba.
Man is that place special. It had major desert vibes – think Palm Springs or Joshua Tree in California. Everything was faded and covered in dust, yet a mere few metres away over the dunes was a wild beach, with a reef and pristine rock pools.
You could tell how healthy these ecosystems were in comparison to those that experience higher tourist activity – this place is well and truly out of the way of the common tourist trails.
We had a lovely mushroom tea as the sun went down, and giggled the evening away.
I’m so grateful to have been able to explore the west again, and in such a simple, raw style. An old car with a swag mattress in the back, some clothes and some food – no plans, no accomodation…….. just another awesome human being and the open road 🙂
Until next time, dream on.