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Day 52 - Tuesday 26 June 2012

Geraldton to Kalbarri

More rain overnight in Geraldton, 16 mm in 24 hours. Yesterday the minimum was 14 degrees and the maximum was 15 degrees, but this morning the temperature was 17 degrees. We packed up early and left Geraldton about 9:00 am under threatening skies. We headed north to Northhampton on Highway 1, where we encountered a few roadworks and a number of road-trains going in both directions. We emptied our holding tanks in Northhampton, before turning off onto George Grey Drive heading for Kalbarri via Port Gregory. Port groegory is located between the Pink Lake (otherwise known as Hutt Lagoon) and the sea. Prince Leonard's Hutt River Province is nearby.

Port Gregory

Port Gregory

The Pink Lake - Hutt Lagoon

The Pink Lake - Hutt Lagoon

We arrived at the Top Tourist Murchison Holiday Park in Kalbarri at about 11:30 am where we were allocated a large drive through site - we are here for 2 nights. After doing a full set-up and having lunch, we headed back down the road for a look at the Kalbarri Coastal Cliffs. We drove into the Natural Bridge, Island Rock, the Grandstand, Shellhouse, Eagle Gorge, Red Bluff and Wittecarra Creek.

Welcome to Kalbarri

Welcome to Kalbarri

Kalbarri Cliffs

Kalbarri Cliffs

Di at Island Rock, Kalbarri Cliffs

Di at Island Rock, Kalbarri Cliffs

The Natural Bridge, Kalbarri

The Natural Bridge, Kalbarri

The Grandstand, Kalbarri

The Grandstand, Kalbarri

Di hanging on in a stiff breeze

Di hanging on in a stiff breeze

The Shellhouse, Kalbarri

The Shellhouse, Kalbarri

The sun must be out there somewhere

The sun must be out there somewhere

Eagle Gorge Beach from the Lookout

Eagle Gorge Beach from the Lookout

Wild surf on Eagle Gorge Beach

Wild surf on Eagle Gorge Beach

Looking south from Red Bluff

Looking south from Red Bluff

Kalbarri from Red Bluff

Kalbarri from Red Bluff

While Red Bluff first appeared on Dutch navigators charts in the 1620s, and the West Coast of Australia had been well charted by the Dutch, the Batavia went ashore on the Albrolhos Islands, just south of Kalbarri in 1629. While 220 survived the wreck and waited on a small island to be rescued, Commander Francisco Pelsaert and 44 others set off for Java in a long boat. When Pelsaert returned three months later a group of mutineers had taken over and murdered a great many of the survivors. Most of the mutineers were hung after having their hands cut off, however 2 of the youngest mutineers, Wooter Loos and Jan Pelgrom, were put ashore near Wittecarra Creek. Nothing more is known of these mutineers, however they may well have been the first white settlers in Australia. Of the 332 people originally aboard the Batavia, 210 died from murder, drowning, illness or hanging.

Wittecarra Creek, Kalbarri

Wittecarra Creek, Kalbarri

Posted by TwoAces 17:22

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