the best thing about …

… camping in australia: the weather is always great. except when it isn’t … i could swear i heard thunder just then.

station stays.

so far on our travels we have found a few different types of accomodations. there are the good (sometimes not so good) old caravan parks. depending on the age the amenities may be a bit tired but in most places we have been they have been clean. most at least try to grow some kind…

my karijini

Before Karijini there were still a few days in Coral Bay left and those were rainy ones. On my way back from my friends’ caravan I heard some noises in a tree and when I looked up I saw an adorable little owl called a Boobook. I named (him or her) Bookie. The day I…

let there be light 2.

adding spotties to any off-road vehicle will instantly add toughness and the off-road equivalent of street cred (trail cred?), that’s an ancient rule. it’s impossible to argue with that. and the guy in the shop said that the ones with red facias also boost performance by at least 26 bhp. i’m not sure where he…

what lies beneath.

the pilbara is an amazing place with stunning views; have you seen my tiny planet, i think that captures the landscape so well? the true wealth of the pilbara, however, lies under the surface. that goes for the iron ore that is mined here, and for which the pilbara is probably best known, but it…

karijini planet.

we’ve been in the dales camp in karijini national park for a few days which is an overall amazing place but sadly for us internet addict doesn’t have mobile coverage. not a huge problem, but it kept us from updating the site. we’re back in tom price now for a night to get our windscreen…

crack.

i’m beginning to think that somehow our trip through beautiful western australia is cursed. we had hardly crossed the w.a. border when our alternator decided to call it quits. we’d just made it past geraldton when the gearbox figured it was time for someone else to do all the heavy towing. and finally, on the…

pilbara in the rain.

after a pretty wet night in tom price we decided to check out the national park first before we would commit to setting up camp there. our ‘grassy’ site in the tourist park had turned to red mush with all the rain so we were not sure the bush camp in karijini would be much…

tom price.

who names a town ‘tom price’? in true aussie fashion it’s a mining company of course! thomas price was an executive for a mining company – apparently that’s enough to get a ‘mining camp’ named after you. today the mine and the town is owned and operated by rio tinto, more importantly tom price is…

armageddon delayed?

the weather report did not sound good: damaging winds and heavy rains were forecast for today. the wind was actually not too bad; yesterday when we decided to pack up the awning and choose a new spot for the van was worse. there was also not too much rain (until now at least, we’ll see…

my coral bay.

(All the underwater photos are taken by marine biologist Tara, thank you Tara.) Ahh. Carnarvon, the banana mania. We were there for about 3 nights and we did a few things: we went to the blowholes at high tide and the water from the blowholes  went amazingly high. Blowholes are small holes in rocks that…

my animals

I have seen so many animals that I have decided to try and keep count by making this animal list. Hope you like it. (This may or may not include animals I have seen in enclosures) Nat