You won't like it, it's boring dull, dry and just a horrible place. Well, of course I decided that's where I should visit and of course I loved it. To me, this was Australia. Red red earth, deep waterfall laden gorges, spiky poisonous plants and deadly spiders and snakes. And 52 degree heat, that's celcius folks! I had to get some gatorade because I woke up with leg cramps, although I was drinking 3 ls of water a day. This place has something special.
Several national parks, The Pinnacles, limestone pillars remaining in peculiar shapes, the seashore near Exmouth and Shark Bay with crystal blue waters to rival any in the Caribbean. Only no palm trees and no cabana boys, this is the wilderness.
If left on your own out here you could definitely die within hours. It is that hot, that dry, that dusty, that dangerous. And its the reason no women live here. When we stopped at isolated roadhouses (gas stations to you and me) in the middle of nowhere, the men would just look and stare, and one got up the nerve to ask our guide if we wanted to stay for his birthday party that night, free accommodation. The cops even followed our safari truck to see the women on board. Most women might marry a man and come here to live but within a few years, they get cabin fever and leave. The land is beautiful but incredibly rugged and terribly isolated.
It took us ten days to make the loop from Perth, hugging the coast north past Geraldton to Coral Bay and Monkey Mia to Cape Range National Park in the Gulf of Exmouth and then east into hottest part of Australia, The Pilbarra. This region is filled with iron which gives it deep red earth and huge outcroppings not unlike Uluru. In fact, Mt. Augustus is even larger by 2 and a half times, making it the largest monolith in the world.
Camping at night under the stars - no rain so no need for tents - we started singing and the dingos heard us, and decided to sing to us instead. We had to stop as some of the girls were frightened, but it was going to the bathroom that was the really creepy affair. In our outback outhouses we found redback spiders, frogs in the toilet bowl, and the worst as far as I'm concerned were hundreds of cockroaches coming up out of the toilets.
That's when I decided to risk the snakes and just go find a lonely gum tree......but other than that, a brilliant trip. The people from all over, the fantastic wildlife and the gorgeous scenery added up to a fantastic time. I hope life takes me back to this fantastic landscape.
I can't tell you the number of people who told me, "don't bother going to Western Australia", there's nothing there.