November 2014 – January 2015

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This trip was the fourth visit to Australia for us and the first for our son, we spend ten weeks on a tour through the South of Western Australia. Starting from Perth we went slowly up the coast via Francois-Peron-National Park till Carnarvon to see the former NASA station. From there we headed inland for the Outback: Kennedy Range and Mount Augustus. After some days at an Outback Station – 4000km², 10.000 cattle and very hospitable company – we went back to the coast for some fishing, star gazing and turtle observation in the Cape Range National Park. From there we turned again eastward to the mining towns of Tom Price and Newman. In the Karijini NP we spend only one night as the temperatures were already unbearable 47°C in the shade and we drove south for more moderate climate. We visited the gold mine at Kalgoorlie an reached our most eastern point at the Thomas River Camp in the Cape Arid National Park. There we had some very memorable days at the incredible long and empty beaches with excellent fishing. After some more fishing at Fitzgerald NP and Bremer Bay we did some hiking on the Stirling Range and spend Christmas in an Old Inn in the Porongurup NP. Now we turned to the forest area around Walpole und Warren NP. A 4WD track brought us back to the coast at the Black Point Camp in D'Entrecasteaux National Park for some pretty good Salmon fishing. After two nights in Nannup we reached the last point of the tour, Leeuwin Naturaliste NP for caving and some more beach life. Concluding our trip in Perth we had driven 8926km in 70 days.

The route, clockwise starting from Perth – if you look at the complete map of Australia, nearly 9000km covers not even a quarter of the continent.


White sand dunes near Lancelin

Nambung NP,Pinacles Drive – Ancient Petrified Trees

Near Port Denison, Leaning Trees from the permanent Western Wind

Pink Lagoon between Gerlaton and Port Gregory

Gorge in Kalbarri NP

Wild bloom in Kalbarri NP

Stromatoliten near Hamelin

Francois Peron NP, only sandy tracks, need to reduce air pressure in tires

Francois Peron NP, Big Lagoon

Unspoilt beaches at Francois-Peron-National Park

Thorny Devil

Blue-Tongued Skink

Camp at Kennedy Range NP, hot and sunny during the day but wonderful solitude

Hike to The Temple in Kennedy Range NP

Waiting for sunset

Bread baked on the camp fire

Lot's of flies

Interesting landscape, made by rain and floods

Road in the Outback to Mt. Augustus

Mt. Augustus camp ground – stars circle

Our Fueling Times:
Nearest Service 340km away, ENOY THE DRIVE

Camping site, off-season, all for us alone

Mt. Augustus, largest rock in the world

Turn off to a cattle station in the Outback

Lyndon Station, Carnarvon, 40° in shade

Animal life at our homestead

Daily visitor

Road train for transport of cattle

Cape Range NP, Yardie Creek:
Beach, Turtles, Fishing

Yardie Creek

Tom Price, Iron Ore Mine

Karijini NP, 47°C, just stay in the pool

Picnic on the way to Wiluna

Newman, largest open iron ore mine

Mine Tour

Leonora – Ghost Town, after mining boom ended

Kalgorie – Gold Mining Town

Salt Lake on the way to Norseman

Cape Arid NP

Cape Arid NP, Drive along the beach

17km of white sand

Great place for Fishing

Drive on the beach

West Australian Salmon

Salmon Kebab

Every morning on the way to the beach

This beach - 1000km till the next eastern settlement

Stirling Range

After a rainy day at Bremer Bay, grazing Kangaroos

Hike in the Stirling Range

Porongurup NP on the way to ...

… the Sky Walk

Giant Tingle Tree near Warpole

View from inside the giant tingle tree

Forest of the giants, 80 m tall trees

LoL, Kookaburra

New Years Eve under giant trees – Warren NP

Canoeing on the Warren River

Who dares to climb the fire look out

D'Entrecas-teaux NP

Salmon again

Beach at D'Entrecas-teaux NP

Driving in and out of the park on sandy tracks

Hamelin Bay – feeding the Rays

Caving in Leeuwin Naturaliste NP

Calgardup Cave

Last Night at Conto's Camp Ground


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