Pinnacles and onto Kalbarri.....

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Trip End Sep 05, 2007


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Friday, October 6, 2006

We left Perth early in the morning and headed north on the highway, we detoured off a hundred kilometres or so to the town of Cervantes where we paid admission into the Nambung National Park to see the spectacular Pinnacles.
The Pinnacles are limestone rock formations, which are amazing for a couple of reasons, first the way they were naturally made from the sand, wind and sea is amazing, and secondly because they stand so elegantly in the middle of a hot, sweaty sandy desert!
We walked most of the loop through the park admiring them, bearing the heat which is so much more intense just four hours north of Perth than it actually was in the city itself, and fighting off the hoards of flies which are attracted to Australia (hence cork hats.....! Seriously we may need one!)
We had lunch and then continued north towards Kalbarri, being careful of the huge road trains that ply this road heading north from Perth.
We arrived in Kalbarri just after dark, it was a bit nerve wracking driving in the darkness, they recommend that you don't drive after dark in this part of Australia because there is so much wildlife (there are so many dead kangaroos on the side of the road its unreal), and set up for the night. This was just an overnight stop for us on our way north, and so next day we were up early, and headed down into Kalbarri, we admired the beautiful Murchison River mouth in the town centre and then continued out to the Kalbarri National Park - not having a 4wd we couldn't go on any dirt roads, but the views we got of the red stone gorge and river from the lookouts on the sealed roads were second to none....absolutely stunning.
Then north to Shark Bay.
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