Kalbarri memories seem important this weekend. I’m trying to forget about COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests, as well as bullying on Facebook and Messenger. It feels as if these call for an antidote such as a blog about something totally different. What better than to write about than a place I love?
A Weekend Challenge on the site owned and administrated by GC, themainaisle.com and SueW, nansfarm.net came to my attention yesterday. GC lives in Canada, SueW in Yorkshire, UK. We began reading each others’s blogs and corresponding a few years ago. Together, they issue word-and-photo challenges twice a week, and I sometimes respond.
Where is Kalbarri?
A resort town at the mouth of the Murchison River, on Western Australia’s coast, Kalbarri is almost 600 kilometres (368 miles) from Perth on good roads. With nearby gorges, beach cliffs, estuary beaches and plenty of wildlife, this area can be truly called scenic.
John and I camped in the tiny fishing/tourist village in a caravan park for a couple of weeks a few years ago in early Spring. We found plenty to do and lots to interest us, although it was too cool for swimming.
One day I hope I’ll work out how to photograph gorges and views from other heights. It seems almost impossible to show the depth of a view from the top. The others on a tour we took had no trouble climbing down to the bottom and up again, but John and I remained top-dwellers. A privilege of age!
Coastal cliffs and beaches
Spectacular cliffs along the ocean stretch for kilometres. They reflect the sunset and become breathtakingly beautiful in the evening. Adventurous kids fished from the reef on one occasion, and other surfed.
Birds of all sorts, including pelicans and Wedgetail Eagles, seemed to be everywhere. A kangaroo stood by the side of the road in a vacant block, a perfect photo opportunity. Even a fox presented itself which excited me, because I’d never seen one outside a zoo. We were wary of snakes, of course, although we didn’t see any.
WA intrastate borders open
A hard border against COVID-19 still exists between Western Australia and the rest of the world, so we can’t leave the State. However, we can go travel to most places within the state and there’s much to see and do.
Sadly, our trip to Kalbarri was our last camping holiday, so we’ll plan other accommodation in future.
By September the wildflowers will be blooming across the country. Tin Horse Alley in the Great Southern and garden festivals in the South West call. We haven’t been to Kalgoorlie or Dwellingup for ages. The list goes on. Wanderlust!