6 and a half hours north of the Perth is the beautiful coastal town of Kalbarri, and a perfect place to see Nature’s Window.
However if you are driving from Perth their are many other great stops along the way.
Kalbarri is a gorgeous coastal town where the Murchison River meets the Indian Ocean.
Their are daily opportunities to feed the local pelicans, Kalbarri is a great place to fish, walk and relax.
The national Park has great gorges with some fantastic walks.
Wildflowers are in bloom between July and November with over 800 species ready to bloom.
The gorges carved by the Murchison river in Kalbarri National Park provides great short and long walks to see some spectacular lookouts.
The standout would be the walk to see “Nature’s Window”. This is only 400 metres from the carpark is a natural rock arch that frames the Murchison river perfectly.
If you are up for a long walk it is part of an 8km loop that begins and ends at “Natures Window”.
The sandstone rock is a great photo opportunity and the view looks different depending on the angle lighting that you see it through.
Many, many wildflowers of almost ever colour are seen all around the north west.
There are about 12000 different types of wildflowers growing in Western Australia, and many of them, (Over 6000 species) are not found any where else in the world.
The wildflower season runs from June in the North of the state and continues on until November in the south.
People travel to the west to see the wildflowers, and they are a sight to behold. The colours so vibrant, from reds, purples, yellows, oranges.
If you don’t have the time to travel all of the west, don’t despair head to Perth in September for the Kings Park festival.
Next stop along the Great Northern Highway is Fitzroy Crossing, home of the beautiful Geike Gorge. This stunning Gorge is on the Fitzroy River, and tours are conducted frequently throughout each day.
Fitzroy Crossing is still facing challenges they are working through. The care, concern and effort on behalf of the Government agencies is to be admired.
Mill stream – Fortesque river
Mill stream is a beautiful national park on the Fortesque river. The well preserved homestead tells the story of affluent times of the early pioneers who raised sheep, grew vegetables and played tennis on their termite nest tennis court, entertaining their neighbors under the beautiful trees in the garden.
Sadly, predators like dingoes, and distances to markets etc brought about the demise of the sheep industry in this district by the 1960’s.
Rio Tinto also exports from Dampier. Dampier is also home of the monument to Red Dog.
Red dog, so called because of the red dirt in the Pilbara, roamed around the Roeburn, Karratha and Dampier area. A book was written and a film made of his escapades.
The many faces of Quobba, an absolute gem 60ks North of Carnarvan!
A beautiful sandy beach with camping allowed behind sand dunes is enjoyed by campers and fishermen, with a safe haven for small fishing boats.
Just a few hundred metres North, the rugged coastline of very unusual rock formations is pounded by the sea. Holes have been formed in some of these rock formations creating some of the most dramatic blowholes we have ever seen! Very spectacular!!!
Further north still along this coastline at Red Bluff, was where two lifeboats from the German ship, the “Kormoran” were found during the Second World War. This ship was disguised as a Dutch merchant ship and was involved in a battle with the Australian Cruiser “HMAS Sydney 2”.
The result of this battle was that the “Sydney” went down with all hands, and the “Kormoran” sunk but with most of it’s crew making it to safety.
On to Carnarvan, a very important communications base for the USA’s landing on the moon back in 1969. Relays were received from the spaceship in Carnarvan and then relayed to America.
The base was also used as the first satellite link between Australia and Britain also in the sixties.
This base is now set up as an excellent museum of these events, with informative videos, life sized replicas of some of the space craft used and other very interesting models and technical equipment used back then.
We would thoroughly recommend a visit to this amazing tourist attraction.
Carnarvan has been an agricultural centre for over one hundred years. A small train line was built around 100 years ago from the town out to the jetty. This jetty is 1 mile long (2.2 kilometres )
Cattle, sheep, wool and other produce were taken from town to the end of the jetty where they were loaded onto boats.
The jetty is now a tourist attraction where a little train is on offer to take passengers out to the end of the jetty. There is also a cafe and an interesting museum of those bygone days.
Carnarvan remains an agricultural hub, where 80% of WA’s vegetables are grown. With a very low rainfall, they rely on irrigation from aquifers from the Gascoyne River which runs mostly underground!
Fishing in Carnarvan
A different mode of transport to go fishing at Carnarvan, which still has an active fishing fleet operating.
World War 2 and Exmouth
The inside coastline near Exmouth was used as training grounds for the attack on the Japanese at Singapore. Relics from this time have been set up as a memorial of that very successful campaign.
Seamen’s Mission – Port Hedland
We had the good fortune to go out on the “Seamen’s Mission” launch for a tour of the harbour. Thoroughly recommend this wonderful experience.
The Mission has a launch that it uses to take crew members off the boats who would like to go to shore for 3 hours. The sailors are offered money changing facilities, shopping or help with personal matters. Most are Asian,so an interpreter is a useful member of the staff. Most staff of the mission are volunteers. It is run by the Anglican Church and is self funded by donations and the Harbour tours.
The captains and crew are very appreciative of the Mission’s services. In all a great afternoon
Caravan Park Port hedland
Caravan parks book out very quickly here and the shire council opens up the parking area at racecourse when the parks are full. Toilers and water are available and the cost is FREE!
This is a win win situation, because people are allowed to stay 2 nights, and so more money is spent in Hedland.