Category Archives: Western Australia

A new morning. The sun is rising. Another day of adventures begins. Nobody knows what lies ahead. I hope I get to experience many of these days this year. I hope their are many amazing places to explore, preferably with good company. This photo reminds me of how great it is to be on the road, live outdoors and do whatever you feel like.

About a year ago I was in Western Australia and decided to go whale watching in Exmouth. This blurry image of two tales, whales diving down, says it all. It is all I remember seeing from a long distance.

Even though I’m in the middle of winter, it’s easy for my mind to wander off and think of summer. The sun high in the sky, the smell of flowers and grass, wearing my favorite dresses and eating ice cream. Last summer I did some amazing things in Australia. I like exploring a new area, finding swimming holes and beaches and going on walks. This summer I’ll explore New Zealand and my summer has already begun by looking online at all the possibilities. These images are from my trip through Western Australia last year, in particular the Karijini national park.

  I found this little fella on a little bit of grass near a roadhouse in Western Australia. As everyone else rushed to the toilets and café, I just had to stop to take a photo. This is one happy kangaroo! Looking for other metal curiosities? Check out the travel theme: Metal on where’s my backpack?

I’m only a beginner scuba diver, but when I heard about the Ningaloo reef, I just had to experience it myself. I’d done some snorkelling and was overwhelmed with what I could see close to the surface. I really wondered how much more diving deeper could give me. I decided to do a combination of two scuba dives and a manta ray swim in Coral Bay, Western Australia. I couldn’t have chosen better. On board we had some snorkelers and scuba divers. All the other divers needed to do a refresher course, so this meant we had to do some exercises as soon as we entered the water. I didn’t mind joining them. It was better than waiting. The first dive was a bit of a disappointment though. It took about 15 minutes for everyone to refresh and that meant a shorter dive. Because an easy dive site was chosen, it was…

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Oh, the excitement. After a night of bushcamping, there was a toilet on the picnic site where we had breakfast. I was one of the first to check it out. It just turned out that I wasn’t the only one in there. As I lowered to sit down on the toilet seat, something caught my attention in the corner of my eye. “Aaaaah, what the…” A brownish snake was slithering in my direction from behind the water reservoir, a bit too close for my comfort. I didn’t know how fast to get out of that cubicle. Next door, in the boys toilet, I hear someone laughing. It took me a while to catch my breath, but then I decided to have another look. I couldn’t find anything though, and neither could anyone else in the group that had gathered around the toilet now. I couldn’t have imagined it, could I?…

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Coral Bay is a tiny tourist town on the coast of Western Australia. It seems to exist of only tourist parks, hotels en some small shops, yet it is a not to be missed spot on a road trip down the coast. If you’re on a budget, bring snacks and supplies, because the supermarkets here charge insane prices for the most common things. This had me living on rice, carrots and cabbage for a week. So why would you even go to Coral Bay? Some people skip the little town altogether after visiting the more popular Exmouth. Unlike Exmouth, Coral Bay has the company of Manta Rays year round. That in itself is a reason to come. I stayed at the excellent hostel at the beginning of the street. There’s a good vibe and even in the quiet season some people to hang around with in the evening. Within five…

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Lake Argyle is the biggest artificial lake in the Southern hemisphere. It’s formed by a dam in the Ord river and makes a great place for a rest on a road trip to the Gibb River Road. I went to lake Argyle as part of tour from Darwin to Broome. It was a totally unexpected sight, the bright blue water in contrast to to dry surroundings. It wasn’t something I would visit if it wasn’t on the tour, but its beauty surprised me and the experience I had there I will never forget. The sun was shining, so it was great to board a boat and cool down from the light breeze caused by the movement. Lake Argyle is a great place to see wildlife. We stopped near some rocks that housed rockwallabies. The small kangaroo like animals didn’t seem to mind the sun. They were hopping around, perhaps to…

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Purnululu, or the Bungle Bungles, the park of the red rocks, unbelievable heat and isolation. It isn’t easy to reach. From the highway there’s a 53km long 4WD track that leads through private property. It’s like being on a boat in stormy weather. In the back of the car I was shaken and stirred and so was my stomach. One glance at the beauty in the background made it worth it though. It was October and the park had already been prepared for the rain season. It was quiet, the visitor center shut, a fireban in place and the cloths that provide shade were removed from their poles. Walardi campground was still open, but deserted. I felt like we were the only ones in the park and had it all to ourselves. We had an early start to beat the heat. Before starting our walks, we had breakfast at the…

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