In Exmouth I met Sally (23) and Claire (21), both English, when I visited the Ningaloo Club hostel (very relaxed place, but pretty expensive as well). They needed a lift to Broome and I needed passengers to go there, so that was settled pretty quick. We took off on Wednesday, and spent all day driving to Tom Price (yes, it is the name of a town). In Tom Price we went to the tourist information and supermarket, before setting up camp and having dinner at the campsite.
On Thursday morning we drove into Karijini National Park, where little streams flow through gorgeous red gorges. After setting up the tent at Savannah Campsite, we explored Weano Gorge, Joffre Falls and Knox Gorge, where I took a refreshing (i.e. very cold water) dip in the Jungle Book pool.
Friday morning we got up early to explore Kalamina Gorge. Even though the campsite was pretty full (school holidays) we were the only ones in the gorge that morning. Do not try that in Europe. Afterwards we drove to Dales Campsite (we wanted to get there early, because otherwise it might be full) and set up the tent. After lunch we walked to the Circular Pool outlook and met Arno (Dutch), Phil (English) and Christina (German) at the car park. I have met Arno and Phil in pretty much every town since Perth, so we decided to hike in the gorges together. But first Phil and I took a refreshing swim in Circular Pool, before hiking through Dales Gorge to Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool. After dinner at the campsite we played cards till bedtime (10PM in the outback, since it is pitch black after 7PM).
On Saturday Sally, Claire and I set off to Port Hedland, because we had done pretty much all the hikes in Karijini NP, and the girls needed a decent shower after a few days in the bush. Karijini was ‘red dust country’, as I like to call it, because after a few days everything was covered in a little layer of red dust. Unsurprisingly, Port Hedland had nothing else to offer besides fuel and food, so we made it a relaxing afternoon at the hostel.
We slept in a bit on Sunday, before starting the 600km drive to Broome. This drive enforced all the observations I have written before:
– Almost all the cars we encountered were 4WDs, most pulling a caravan or trailer [Observations: 4WDs].
– We saw lots of dead kangaroos besides the road [Observations: Kangaroos].
– The ‘Welcome to the Shire of Broome’ sign was put up more than 400km before the actual town [Observations: Distance & Size].