Kalbarri memories – the scenic route

Kalbarri Western Australia

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 challenge

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.

Kalbarri gorges

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.

Red Bluff, Kalbarri

Kalbarri wildlife

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!

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10 Comments

  1. Hi Maureen

    Aren’t we fortunate to have so many wonderful places to visit in our vast state? We are also lucky to be able to re-live our memories of all the incredible places we have visited in the past. Kalbarri is on our list to re-visit soon as we have friends who have just bought a house there. It will be great to see their latest tourist attraction – the Skywalk.

    Maureen, Are you interested in doing a guest blog on my site and I would be happy to reciprocate.

    Cheers
    Moira

    1. Hi, Moira, thanks for your comment. I’d love to go back to Kalbarri and go on the skywalk. They were building it when we were there, and there was amazing disruption in the National Park, with trucks and dumpsters and bulldozers…

      I’d like to do a guest blog, and have you reciprocate. Send me a private message or contact me through Amanda’s group page.

  2. I agree …we need to get some sense of equilibrium back in order to remain healthy & enthusiastic. Lovely Kalbarri trip to share, thankyou.

    1. Thanks, Maureen. I felt as if I needed to get back to something like normal, and that memory worked. Hope you are well?

    1. Thanks, Sue. I really enjoy taking part in your challenges – it’s just that I seem to be always a few days late, which is nonsense! The time difference does make some difference, though. I guess I need to be more organised, and will try to be in future.

      1. We set the challenges at 07:00 AM (UK) which is midnight in Gerry’s area of Canada, seven hours behind me, and I think it would be early evening in Australia. Tricky to suit all time zones but I worked out that by choosing this time then most of us would get the alerts on the same day or at least wake up to them.

        1. That makes a lot of sense. Now all I have to do is be a bit more vigilant.

  3. About eighteen months ago, on my way ‘home’ from celebrating Christmas with my son and family in Canberra, I visited a friend who lives in rural Victoria. Spent a few days with her, travelled around a bit. Beautiful country. I experienced a ‘whooh’ moment: no need for me to wish i could travel overseas, Australia has so much to offer. I would love to visit Kalbarri among so many places in our amazing Western Australia. Keep dreaming? I shall indeed!!

    1. I absolutely agree, Elizabeth Brennan. This is a beautiful country, with an amazing range of scenery and hospitable people.

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