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Down UnderReady to Hit the Road

On 5 July 2004 from Perth, WA , trackback

After having spent more than 3 months in and around Perth (with a short trip to Port Hedland), the time has come to leave this area. I went back to Mandurah on Saturday, finished some things in the weekend, watched the stars from the hot spa for the last time, and drove back to Perth today. On the way I bought a whole bunch of camping gear for 120 euro from a Dutch couple that was leaving. I also got a compressor (to let my tyres down for more traction in sand), an underwater camera (should come in handy at Ningaloo Reef), and a book with maps of Australia (getting lost is not my plan). Not that getting lost is easy up North, considering there are only 2 sealed roads between Perth and Port Hedland, and that is an area over 2000 km from West to East!

Last week I also put up some ads at hostels and internetcafes, looking for people to travel with. I got a fair bit of response on that, and met up with two girls (27, English and Scottish) and that clicked pretty well, so I am hitting the road with them tomorrow. Here is a rough itinerary:
– Cervantes / Nambung National Park (Pinnacles)
– Kalbarri / Kalbarri National Park
– Denham / Monkey Mia
– Coral Bay / Exmouth (Ningaloo Reef)
– Tom Price / Karijini National Park
– Port Hedland
– Broome
– Derby
– Gibb River Road through the Kimberley
– Kununurra
– Darwin

That is roughly 5000 km and the plan is to cover that in about 4 weeks. Of course I will make lots of photos, and try to capture the essence of Western Australia: empty beaches with Indian Ocean sunsets, hiking in gorges, snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef, swimming in billabongs (waterholes) and enjoying the remote beauty of the Kimberley.

Unfortunately most of these places are fairly remote, and I do not expect myself to be updating my website lots in the next couple of weeks, but I will try to put some experiences on there. However, if there is no update at all in the next 4 weeks, it may be safe to suggest I became dinner of a crocodile (“well done Guido, you freaked out your mum again”).



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